Sarah Taraporewalla

Principal Consultant, ThoughtWorks

Sarah is a Principal Technologist at ThoughtWorks, where she specialises in developing robust software for the future, delivered today. Sarah is passionate about helping CTOs and architects transform their business, strategy and product to meet the digital demands of their customers. She has deep experience in modernising legacy platforms with the help of well-factored monoliths, microservices and event driven architecture, always with the focus on continually delivering value to customers through any transformation.


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"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 ( 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 have just been promoted to a Tech Lead role - Congratulations! But something is wrong :(. Suddenly, you’re struggling and under delivering. Everything you thought you knew about being a great developer is thrown out the window.

Being a Tech Lead is more than just being the best technologist in the room. In fact, the objective of a Tech Lead is completely different to a Senior Engineer. A Tech Lead’s sole aim is to make the delivery team as effective as they can.

In this talk, you will hear how Sarah has helped many upcoming Senior Engineers transition into successful Tech Leads. You will learn more about the expectations of the role and take a look at key attributes for a Tech Lead. We will dive into the five key capabilities that they need: Custodian of Vision, Project Management, Information Radiator, Mentorship and Productionising the Tech; which are underpinned by Influence Skills, Leadership Styles and Conflict Resolution. If you have been struggling with your new responsibilities, or you are progressing towards this role, this talk is for you.

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