Kata your Way to Better Architecture Skills


Duration: 180 mins
Andy Marks
Principal Consultant, ThoughtWorks
Sarah Taraporewalla
Principal Consultant, ThoughtWorks

"How do we get great designers? Great designers design, of course." —Fred Brooks

"So how are we supposed to get great architects, if they only get the chance to architect fewer than a half-dozen times in their career?" —Ted Neward

Architecture Kata exercises (https://archkatas.herokuapp.com/) are great activities to deliberately build skills in on-the-spot technical solution design. This workshop will give attendees both a theoretical and practical experience with this activity and allow them to conduct the same exercises within their teams/organisations.

This deep-dive will describe the purpose and structure of these exercises and then outline an incremental approach to completing a Kata. With this background, the attendees will form small groups and collaboratively design their own solution to a different Kata problem, guided by the experience of the facilitator(s). The final stage of the workshop consists of all the groups sharing and discussing their solutions with the entire set of attendees.

1. Introduction to Architecture Katas (20 minutes)

2. Facilitated small group kata exercise (140 minutes)

3. Group shareback and exercise review (20 minutes)

The intended audience for this workshop are architects, tech leads and/or senior engineers who are growing into roles which require architecture thinking.

You may also be interested in

25 mins
Consumer Banking in Cloud

Join this talk to understand Goldman Sachs' Marcus product offering to its consumers and how services and products are deployed...

180 mins
Knative Workshop - Running Serverless Apps on Kubernetes

Over the past several years Google has open sourced several cloud-native technologies abstracting away more and more underlying infrastructure into...

50 mins
Fog Computing : Software on the Edge

When the clouds descend to the Earth, we call that fog. When cloud computing moves closer to your end users,...

50 mins
Beyond Entitlements for the Cloud Native

A Policy Engine is a tool that allows for checking user privileges as well as evaluate a responsibility matrix based...

50 mins
Leveraging Caching For Cloud Native Applications

Most people think caching is only used to increase responsiveness and performance. However, it can be leveraged for much more...

50 mins
Flying through Cloud Native (CNCF)

The maturing of industry projects and tools around cloud development and administration has led to the formation of the Cloud...