Enterprise Futures Forum

I’m talking at the Enterprise Futures Forum on Tuesday 17th on strategies for adopting SOA and the Cloud.  Here’s some information on the conference and a 2 for 1 offer that the organisers have running at the moment: We are addressing the latest issues:   ·                     1. With the flurry of recent acquisitions (eg BEA, Peoplesoft, SUN, (SeeBeyond & MySQL), Stellent, Siebel, iflex) Oracle has become a major software supplier for most local enterprises.  As a local enterprise professional, it makes sense to stay up to date with their software capabilities and strategy – come along and see what Matt … Continue reading Enterprise Futures Forum

Selecting a Wiki

In the presentation on “Challenging the Role of the Architect” I talked about the need for a team Wiki where the lower-level details of the system documentation should be published.  Some people have asked for more information about this – what wiki do I recommend.  This is a very intersting question because it is a little like asking ‘what source code repository should I use?’ in that the answer is quite clearly ‘it depends’.  Let me take a stab at a piece of logic though and we’ll see if that helps: If you are working with resonably recent version of … Continue reading Selecting a Wiki

Slides from Tech.Ed 2009 Now Available…

The talk for this year’s Tech.Ed was ‘Challenging the Role of Architect’.  The talk is about the fundamental gap that exists between the approach and skills that Architect’s commonly display and what is needed from them to effectively deliver projects.  To do this I discuss the outcome of the late 10 years of CHAOS reports produced by the Standish Group and use this to point out just how badly we are doing as an industry.  From here, and with a clear understanding of what a project actually is and how pure Agile is not a suitable approach for the development … Continue reading Slides from Tech.Ed 2009 Now Available…

Tech.Ed 2009

I’m presenting in the Architecture Track at Tech.Ed Australia again, and maybe also Tech.Ed New Zealand for the first time.  Here’s what I was thinking of talking about: Challenging the Role of the ArchitectThere are as many definitions of the role of the Architect as there are organisations, and current shifts in approaches like Agile are further pushing the boundaries.  Do we even need Architects?  Many would suggest not.  In this talk, long-time Architect and Solutions Architect MVP Kevin Francis from Object Consulting will challenge the audience with his views on Architecture and Architects, covering areas such as: The role … Continue reading Tech.Ed 2009

BA World Slides Available

I have made the slides from the BA World presentation on ‘Business Analysts v Architects’ available on Slideshare.  Please let me know what you think, and if you would like me to come at present it in person at your organisation or user group please let me know.  I’m always happy to come and present this topic or any of the other topics that are listed here.

Early Bird Registration for Australian Architecture Forum

Just a quick note to let you know that Early Bird registration is open for the Australian Architecture Forum until July 15.  We are assembling a fantastic line-up of international speakers and Open Space participants from across the breadth of the IT landscape.  The conference is looking like better and better value all the time, and it is even better value if you register early. Hope you can come and join us!

Australian Architecture Forum

I’ve been involved with the Australian Architecture Forum for some time now, from the outside through an involvement with IASA.  Now that I’m with Object I have an opportunity to be involved from the inside, given that Object run the conference, and I’ve been putting a lot of time into the planning of this year’s Forum.  It therefore gives me great pleasure to announce that the Australian Architecture Forum (AAF) is ready to accept registrations. We’re very proud of what we have planned for AAF this year.  We’ve leveraged the best ideas from conferences around the world, such as our … Continue reading Australian Architecture Forum

SAF, Careers and ArcBOK

I haven’t blogged about this yet, but I have been thinking about it of late with some work that is happening at Object so I thought I would. In November I presented at the Strategic Architecture Forum in San Francisco. This conference sees Enterprise Architects, CTO’s and CIO’s from the largest companies in the US attend along with many of the leading architecture practitioners. I presented a talk there on ‘Growing Architects’, which pulled together the research that I have completed over the past three years with the help of other Architects from around the world. It provided CIO’s and … Continue reading SAF, Careers and ArcBOK

Career Development for Architects

Thanks to everyone that attended the presentation last night at the Victoria.NET Dev SIG.  Thanks especially for the lively discussion at the end. I’ve uploaded the presentation to SlideShare so you can review it again at your leisure. Please feel free to continue the conversation below, or by email.

I’m presenting tonight

Very late notice (it kind of snuck up on me like everything else does), but I am presenting tonight. The presentation is on my favourite topic of career development. and is about how developers can learn to become great architects and how architects can chart a course to the next step.  Something in it for everyone (as long as you are a developer or an architect!) The presentation is for Victoria .NET and is on at Microsoft’s Melbourne office at Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place (Southbank) from 5:30.  It follows what sounds to be an excellent presentation from a local … Continue reading I’m presenting tonight