The Architect with Juval Lowy

*Please note this is a Learning Connexions event in association with the London Java Community - it is essential that you confirm your place at this link:

Learning Connexions event in association with the London Java Community - The Architect with Juval Lowy

iDesign's Juval Lowy presents an elightening talk on designing software for the modern Architect

The Architect

The software industry is in a deep crisis. Projects suffer from low quality; schedule slips and cost overrun are common. But this is hardly ordained, since there are plenty of examples of projects done on schedule, on budget, on quality in a repeatable manner. The key for solving the crisis is to practice software development as an engineering discipline, just like it is done in mechanical or electrical engineering. That is exactly the responsibility of the modern software architect, which must address software systems from an engineering standpoint, applying age-old engineering practices to software development. Armed with that crucial observation Juval will share his perspective on what is the key set of skills required of the architect, the role architects have to plan in order for the project to succeed, what it implies both to companies and to individual architects, and how should architects navigate and manage their own career path and personal growth.

About Juval Lowy
Juval Löwy is the founder of IDesign and a master software architect specializing in system and project design. Juval has mentored hundreds of architects across the globe, sharing his insights, techniques, and breakthroughs, in architectureproject design, development process, and technology. Juval is Microsoft’s Regional Director for the Silicon Valley and had participated in the Microsoft internal strategic design reviews for C#, WCF and related technologies. Juval is a frequent speaker at the major international software development conferences. Juval published several bestsellers, and his latest book is the forthcoming 4th edition of Programming WCF Services(O'Reilly 2014). Juval published numerous articles, regarding almost every aspect of modern software development and architecture. Microsoft recognized Juval as a Software Legend as one of the world's top experts and industry leaders. 

This event is bought to you by Learning Connexions and organised by the London Java Community & the Software Architect Mentorship Group. As a treat all attendees will recieve 10% off Juval's iDesign training classes in London.

Room details: Roberts G08LT, Roberts Building, Malet Place, WC1E 7JE. 

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*Please note this is a Learning Connexions event in association with the London Java Community - it is essential that you confirm your place at this link:

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  • Mani

    Any slides or video available for this talk?

    June 7

    • Mani

      thx mate, I found the same one, and was going to post back- i watched it last night and found I could relate to it.

      June 8

    • Anji C.

      Hi Mani, Sorry we don't record at UCL at the moment :(

      June 11

  • Michael B.

    It was certainly thought-provoking and sometimes entertaining. At the risk of being the lone dissenter, I want to put a few criticisms out there:
    (a) it overran so that there was no time for questions,
    (b) almost all the time was spent saying what's wrong and hardly any on how to fix it (other than "attend my courses")
    (c) every assertion (approx. every 2 mins) ended with a rhetorical question which he then answered, like "Am I wrong? Am I wrong? No." This got pretty irritating after a while.
    Despite all that, I'm glad I went, as thought-provoking is good. :)

    1 · May 24

    • Ian R.

      Yes, he spent an enormously long time describing the problem and no real takeaways for what to do - except, as you say, "attend my course" (for £2,500! per person!)

      May 24

  • Nawazish R.

    What a brilliant talk! From the detailing of various engineering practices through the ages to the relevance it has on modern software engineering. The growing of a discipline, and a the mistakes we have made seeing our industry mature, this gave me a lot to think about and a lot to look forward to while being on the 'journey'. The talk was informative, humorous and very enlightening.

    Also massive thanks to Recworks for organising the event and Aaron for letting us know what the GDC is all about and how the meet the mentor event is helping hundreds of students in the area. This is why I signed up to the LJC, for events like this I absolutely loved it. If there is a chance Juval gives this talk again, would I recommend it?

    Sounds about right!

    2 · May 22

    • Anji C.

      Glad you enjoyed the event Nawazish! Peter, I'll be emailing for slides today so will keep you posted. I'll update the comments with them when I have them. Thanks, Anj

      1 · May 23

    • Peter M.

      Thank You!

      May 23

  • Anji C.

    Hi all, The organiser has asked me to pass on the following to you:

    iDesign Youtube Channel-­
    iDesign website- has a lot of downloads and resources:­

    Also, one final thing...The Architects Master Class is on 16-20 June 2014 and LJC members get 10% off as well as 3 for the price of 2 on bookings.


    May 23

  • Carl Matthew J.

    One of the best presenters I have seen.

    1 · May 23

  • Ian R.

    A truly excellent talk! I'd love to see a copy of the slides.

    Any talk designed to change behaviour requires a first part that describes why current practice is failing. Juval did this with clarity and relish, but I think the audience knew this already and Juval didn't leave enough time for the "what can we do about it?" section of the talk - apart from a suggestion to do his 4-day course which I'm seriously thinking about! :-) He kept mentioning 4 characteristics of a well-engineered system though which I kept missing (the sound wasn't so good at the back of the hall). Can someone fill in the blanks:

    - maintainable
    - extensible
    - ?
    - reliable?


    1 · May 23

    • madhu

      - maintainable
      - extensible
      - Safe ( I think..?)
      - reliable?

      May 23

    • Paresh D.

      Secure or security.

      May 23

  • Ellen M.

    Massive thanks to Amaad and the Learning Connexions folks for making this happen!

    1 · May 23

  • Ellen M.

    What a fantastic talk! The comparisons and critique of the software industry as compared to other disciplines and industry was fascinating and thought provoking. Also, Juval is hilarious to boot. Well worth catching him if you can. That week long intensive course sounds amazing.

    1 · May 23

  • madhu

    It's unusual I rate meetups but, this is by far the best Tech talk.When talk started with "software crisis" my immediate thought was "another 'guru' try to prove world's bad and he's your sole messiah". Am I listening to another sales who wants to teach me what I'm not sure I need?Nope!A moment of epiphany occurred,when backed by strong evidence, the presenter supported argument and challenged the very foundations of most things dev think they're doing right/enough. Comparing and contrasting with other Engg disciplines, presenter offers hope and presses for immediate need for implementing better design+research methods to software Engg--something I've felt myself not most dev do. We seem to have jargon-ised what was meant to be KISS, DRY engineering practice. There is evidence teams who have focused on core engineering principles(rather than tieing to a technology)have done well (LMAXdisruptor, NoSQL). Time now to go back to my cave,reflect on what makes me a good engineer:)

    2 · May 23

  • Daniel B.

    From the comments by Naz et al, this sounded like an awesome talk, and I'm gutted I missed it. If it is available on video then please do let me know :-)

    1 · May 23

  • Paresh D.

    Absolutely agree with Nawazish. This has been one of the greatest speakers that I have seen live. To be honest, the slides would mean nothing without the commentary of Juval - I'm not sure if the talk was captured on video, but that would be the best medium to understand the points he was getting across.

    2 · May 23

  • Silvestre A.

    Sorry guys... can't make it tonight...

    May 22

  • Ndifreke E.

    Sorry guys..something came up.. Can't make it.

    May 22

  • Anji C.

    Aaron Rea from RecWorks will present the lightning talk - "Inspiring the next generation of programmers”

    May 21

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