Architecture #5: Getting Started w/ Architecture Decision Records, w/ M. Keeling

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Documenting architecture design decisions is commonly considered a good practice and yet many teams don't take the time to write down the decisions they make. In our experience this happens for a few reasons: documentation is rejected as being too heavyweight, documentation has little influence since it is typically out of sight and out of mind, and many developers don’t know what to document. Architecture Decision Records (ADRs) address many of these problems by capturing design decisions in a simple, lightweight templates that is stored close to repositories used by stakeholders -- often in the same repository as code affected by the ADR.

In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to write effective ADRs and how to overcome road bumps teams often experience when first getting started with ADRs. By the end of this session you will have the skills you need to champion ADRs and help your team start (or improve) your design decision log.
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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 is the fifth event in C&S' series on Architecture.