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APLN Chicago - May 2013 - Agile Architecture

One frequent criticism of early agile models (like Scrum), was the lack of focus on traditional architecture.  Agile eschewed big up front design, and therefore by extension frowned on creation of monolithic architectures prior to development.  They went so far as to coin a phrase "Emergent Architecture" to describe and perhaps even justify the act of leaping into development of something which you could later refactor instead of spending valuable time considering options that didn't produce immediate customer value.

Perhaps it was due to the scale of those early Agile projects that this devaluation of architecture got its start.  But it has proven to be a consistent sticking-point in Agile adoptions for large-scale projects across an Enterprise.

Whether accomplished via Lean Architecture, or one of the newer evolved frameworks like Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) or Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), architecture is coming back on the scene with a vengeance.

Are you prepared to welcome our old friend into the team collaboration room?

In this session, we will explore several aspects of architecture in agile environments through a series of lightning talks that will combine real-life experience with theory.

Come join us for an evening of lively discussion and knowledge sharing.



Food will be provided during the networking period.

  • You can park in any of the open parking lots surrounding the building.  The covered parking is not available for visitors.
  • 6:00 - 6:30 Networking and dinner will take place in the building lobby (the lobby doors lock at 6:30, so we will keep the networking portion of the event in the lobby so we can admit stragglers.)
  • 6:30 - 8:00 Presentation/Discussion (at 6:30, we'll proceed upstairs to the Gogo offices conference room for the presentation.)
  • 8:00 - 8:30 Additional breakout sessions/discussions


Your admission includes food and refreshments which will be provided during the Networking period.








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  • Stephen P.

    Interesting discussion and perspectives regarding Agile. Looking forward to the next meetup.

    May 29, 2013

  • Michael M.

    May 29, 2013

  • Alex D.

    Great topic, great presentations, great discussion. And pretty good attendance as well.

    May 29, 2013

  • Cynthia M. A.

    Great Meet up, learning more about Agile Architecture and also discussed collaboration.

    May 29, 2013

  • Michael G.

    Interesting topic. Would love to see more on this - perhaps a case study.

    May 29, 2013

  • Myra S.

    Great discussion on Scaled Agile Framework, both principles and role of system architect.

    May 28, 2013

  • Michael M.

    Welcome to the group, Steve! Trust is a vital aspect of any agile adoption effort, and how the corporate culture must evolve along with the implementation of agile methodologies is a constant theme at our meetings.

    May 16, 2013

  • Steve V.

    Should we talk about how to architect an organization's trust mechanism to enable an agile evolution?

    May 15, 2013

  • Steve V.

    My first meeting

    May 1, 2013

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