Design It!: From Programmer to Software Architect (The Pragmatic Programmers)

Design It!: From Programmer to Software Architect (The Pragmatic Programmers)

Don’t engineer by coincidence-design it like you mean it! Filled with practical techniques, Design It! is the perfect introduction to software architecture for programmers who are ready to grow their design skills. Lead your team as a software architect, ask the right stakeholders the right questions, explore design options, and help your team implement a system that promotes the right -ilities. Share your design decisions, facilitate collaborative design workshops that are fast, effective, and fun-and develop more awesome software!With dozens of design methods, examples, and practical know-how, Design It! shows you how to become a software architect. Walk through the core concepts every architect must know, discover how to apply them, and learn a variety of skills that will make you a better programmer, leader, and designer. Uncover the big ideas behind software architecture and gain confidence working on projects big and small. Plan, design, implement, and evaluate software architectures and collaborate with your team, stakeholders, and other architects. Identify the right stakeholders and understand their needs, dig for architecturally significant requirements, write amazing quality attribute scenarios, and make confident decisions. Choose technologies based on their architectural impact, facilitate architecture-centric design workshops, and evaluate architectures using lightweight, effective methods. Write lean architecture descriptions people love to read. Run an architecture design studio, implement the architecture you’ve designed, and grow your team’s architectural knowledge. Good design requires good communication. Talk about your software architecture with stakeholders using whiteboards, documents, and code, and apply architecture-focused design methods in your day-to-day practice. Hands-on exercises, real-world scenarios, and practical team-based decision-making tools will get everyone on board and give you the experience you need to become a confident software architect.


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Editorial Reviews


“This book is timely, valuable, accessible, and excellent.  It is a clear, informed, and practical guide to the principles and practice of software architecture, for the aspiring architect as well as the established practitioner who wants to deepen and refresh their skills.  Michael Keeling takes the reader on a clear and results-oriented journey, from the fundamentals of the field to the state of the art.”

–Eoin Woods, CTO of Endava, editor of IEEE Software’s Pragmatic Architect column, and author of Software Systems Architecture

“What sets Design It! apart for me is its fresh perspective—that the technical undertaking of building software is an intensely social activity. Michael manages to uniquely fuse the mechanics of software architecture together with the chemistry of design thinking. You’ll learn to move from architecture viewpoints into design mindsets and from managing architecture lifecycles into telling architecture stories. This is a must-have reference book on modern software architecting.”
— Amine Chigani, Chief architect at GE Digital
“Design It! is full of pragmatism, personal experience, and useful tips. This book has something to offer to anyone involved in software development, and it’s fun to read.”
— Eltjo Poort, CGI and recipient of the Linda Northrop Software Architecture Award

“This book runs the complexity of software architecture through the real world of software development and distills it into real, understandable concepts that can be applied to everyday software engineering practices. In Design It!, Michael gives you his recipes for applying these concepts, providing pragmatic guidance to be successful in a very tough discipline.”

— Will Chaparro, Software Development Manager at IBM

“What I like most about Michael’s style is that is inclusive: everyone on the team should become a better architect. His book gives us hands-on ways to achieve this by collecting many great ideas and tools that arose from the community. This book is for everyone who wants to build better software together.”

— Thijmen de Gooijer, IT Architect at Kommuninvest Sweden

–This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael Keeling is an experienced software architect, agile practitioner, and programmer. He has worked on a variety of software systems including combat systems, search applications, web apps, and IBM Watson. When not doing software stuff, Michael enjoys hiking, running, cooking, and camping.

–This text refers to the paperback edition.

From the Publisher

Design It!: From Programmer to Software Architect

Who Should Read This Book?

This book is for anyone who has ever stood at a whiteboard and sketched boxes and lines while trying to answer tough questions.

If you?re completely new to software architecture design, then this book is the perfect introduction. We?ll start with the basics and work our way through the core fundamentals you need to know to be an amazing software architect.

If you?re a programmer who already knows a thing or two about architecture, then this book will help you organize your thoughts. As you read, you may find concepts you intuited on your own but didn?t know the name, or perhaps you?ll find gaps you didn?t know you were missing. After reading this book, you?ll be able to explain why you do what you do, which puts you in a better position to lead others.

If you?re already a software architect and this isn?t your first rodeo, then this book will give you a fresh perspective on how to lead your team. The junior programmers of today expect to have a greater say in the software they build. The focus on fundamentals in this book will prepare you to teach and mentor today?s programmers?the architects of tomorrow?so they can fully participate in the design process. The collaborative design approaches described throughout this book will give you new techniques for safely and productively collaborating with less experienced teammates as you design a software system together.

How to Read This Book

This book is divided into three parts. Parts I and II are designed to be read start to finish. Part III is designed for easy reference.

In Part I you?ll learn the basics of software architecture and design thinking needed to become an architect.

In Part II you?ll learn the essential skills and knowledge all software architects possess.

Part III includes a set of practical architecture design methods. There are no silver bullets, but every software engineer has a silver toolbox filled with practices, methods, and techniques that together allow them to ship amazing software. The methods in Part III come from my silver toolbox and it is my privilege to share them with you.

Each chapter in Parts II and III focuses on a different design mindset, which you?ll learn more about in Chapter 2, ?Design Thinking Fundamentals?. Design mindsets are a way of thinking about the world to help us focus our attention on the right details at the right time. There are four design mindsets: understand, explore, make, and evaluate. Look for the icon at the start of each chapter to tell you which mindset you?ll be learning about next.

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#175,839 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store) #14 in Application Development #16 in Systems Architecture #29 in Computer Systems Analysis & Design (Kindle Store)

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