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Effective Presentations by Software Architects

In an earlier post the topic of clear, concise, and terse writing was presented. This post raises the importance of effective architecture presentations. It’s critical for every architect to be able to create and deliver effective presentations in an amount of time allocated. The following tips, derived from experience, should be kept in mind. It is assumed you’ll be using a Power Point or similar software.Mind your audience. It’s imperative to set the tone and presentation content based on the audience and audience’s expectations. If someone requests a presentation on the architecture of a system find out what they want to get out from the presentation. This will make the process of creating the presentation easier and your results will be measurable.Mind your time. If you’re allowed 30 minutes for presentation you will only get 30 minutes. This is especially true with angel investors, venture capitalists, executives, and anybody who simply val…

Architects need to improve their written communication skills

Effective written communication skills are essential for every software architect. Expressing your ideas clearly, tersely, and effectively is paramount. If your audience does not fully understands your vision or design, then you’ll have to build (and probably fund) the system yourself. It is your responsibility, as the architect, to ensure that your readers understand your ideas.

Written communication is important, because that’s the only effective way to communicate with a large number of people who may be geographically distributed across the world in different time zones. A single software architecture design package is often the source of reference for hundreds of people on a large scale system or a system of systems.

The international software engineering community recognizes English language is the standard language for cross cultural communication. Therefore it is paramount for any software architect to improve their skill set of the written English. Improving written English is…

Beyond technolgoy in technical books - joy for architects

The winds are changing – the software engineering mainstream practitioners are finally starting to value the importance of the human aspects of software engineering. And that’s only good news for software and solution architects.If you’ve been reading some of the newer technical literature, such as the Pro [Microsoft] BizTalk 2006 book, you would have noticed one paramount shift in the book’s introduction part.First the authors provide the core overview of the BizTalk architecture, as expected, but then spend the next chapter going over various human and organizational aspects of running a project.This is important. This shows a conscious effort on behalf of the authors to convince the reader that establishing a technical and management structure is essential to the success of the project. The book provides brief guidance for setting up communication chain of command, provides an example of a rudimentary build and deployment process, and emphasizes on the importance of organization an…