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The Architect Factory -- Part Deux

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

The Architect Factory -- Part Deux

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The Architect Factory Part Deux

Held on January 27, 2010

Many experienced developers look to become architects as the next step in their careers, but it can be difficult to find opportunities to learn about the skills needed to make the transition. Aspiring architects need a way to learn what to learn to become effective architects.

The Architect Factory is designed to fill this need !

The Schedule Is Here!

Coming to the Microsoft Cambridge, MA office (aka “NERD”) on January 27th from 1-8 PM, The Architect Factory is a free event for all experienced developers to learn about the pricinciples, practices, and processes that will help prepare them for roles as architects:

This, the second Architect Factory event, focuses on you, senior technologists interested in becoming software, solutions, enterprise, or design architects. This event helps bridge the knowledge gap between senior technical, design, enterprise, information, and solutions roles and real-world architecture roles, putting you on the path to becoming an architect in your field.

This event helps prepare you to learn what is takes to design and create integrated systems that solve complex business problems from this area’s leading software architects. It can be challenging to find the right information and advice for taking steps toward becoming a software architect, so join us for The Architect Factory and you’ll be well on your way!

The day will be feature a mix of content and social time, a great chance to learn and to make new connections.

Public Transporation is Highly Suggested !

Public Transportation

  1. On the T, take the Red Line to the Kendall/MIT stop.
  2. Walk straight up Main Street toward the Longfellow Bridge (past the Post Office, Bank of America).
  3. You will see the Parking Garage on your right, Take a right and you can enter the building from the side.
  4. Approximately a 5 minute walk.

Driving  Directions can be found HERE



Speaker: Michael Stiefel  (bio)


  Architects? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Architects!


 Many developers have the opinion that architecture is the job of all the developers. Not only is there no need for an architect, but having someone in that position is at best unnecessary, and at worst dangerous. This stems from a misunderstanding of what architecture is. Ironically, this misunderstanding about architecture is also shared by many of  those who do believe in the importance of having an architect. The focus of this keynote will be to correct this misunderstanding of what software or technology architecture is. We will then be better architects. Our users will be happier, and developers will be more productive


  • Registration for this free event is now open, so reserve your spot!
  • Please keep in mind that there’s a lot to cover at this event, so the sessions will assume that audience members have significant hands-on development experience.
  • The final schedule is coming in under two weeks, so keep an eye on this page for details.

Call for Content and Speakers

We welcome speakers regardless of technology background (PHP, .NET, Java, etc.) to deliver sessions that will familiarize senior developers with the areas that all architects should understand to succeed. During this event there will be 3 focused tracks: Enterprise Architecture, Solution Architecture, and Architecture Leadership

**Note: The Call for Content and Speakers will close on Thursday Jan 21, 2010.

Enterprise Architecture Track (EA) seeks to find the best application of technology in support of an organization’s business agenda. Enterprise architects play a significant role in developing business strategy, uncovering opportunities for greater economies of scale, and minimizing duplicate or conflicting efforts all the while considering the company’s limited funds and human capital.   

We are interested in submissions that:

  • Examine what EA is and what it is not
  • Explain why organizations implement EA practices
  • Clarify the relationship between EA and Solutions Architecture
  • Explore the common practices and obstacles for EA
  • Make a Suggestion!


If you are the Enterprise Architect of a solution and want to share your expertise, please submit an abstract of your session to Michael Stiefel (development@reliablesoftware.com) for review. Submissions should contain a title and a 1 paragraph description.

Solution Architecture Track (SA) will showcase sessions that focus on the logical and physical architecture of innovative solutions that incorporate one or more of the following:

  • Service Orientation
  • Object Relational Mapping
  • Cloud Platform
  • Mobile Platform
  • Rich User Experience
  • Make a Suggestion!


If you are the lead architect of a solution and want to share your expertise, please submit an abstract of your session to Bob Familiar (bob.familiar@microsoft.com) for review. Submissions should contain a title and a 1 paragraph description.


Architecture Leadership (AL) -- Communicating an architectural vision, leadership skills, and taking criticism constructively are some of the challenges faced by todays Software Architects. These sessions focus on political awareness, understanding organizational needs, systems, networks for the purposes of influencing solution outcomes and technology roadmaps.

If you would like to share your expertise in this area, please submit an abstract of your session to Bryan Tuttle (Bryan_Tuttle@CodeRight.com) for review. Submissions should contain a title and a 1 paragraph description.

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When & Where

Microsoft NERD (Cambridge, MA)
One Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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