An Event for Aspiring Architects: The Architect Factory on June 2nd

The Architect FactoryMany 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.

Coming to the Microsoft Cambridge, MA office (aka “NERD”) on June 2nd from 1-7 PM, The Architect Factory is a free event for all experienced developers to learn about the practices and processes that will help prepare them for roles as architects:

The 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 is an opportunity to establish yourself as a visionary that architects the future, being able to design and create integrated systems that solve complex business problems. It can be challenging to find the right information and advice for taking steps toward becoming an architect, so join us for The Architect Factory and you’ll be well on your way!

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

Thanks to IASA (International Association of Software Architects) for helping to sponsor this event and fostering the growth of a new generation of architects!


A Hallway at the NERD Conference Facility Registration for this free event is now open, so reserve your spot at:

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 blog or the event registration page for details.

Call for Content and Speakers

There are a number of presenters already lined up, but we want to reach out to other architects interested in sharing knowledge and experience. 

We’re looking for sessions to familiarize senior developers with the areas that all architects should understand to succeed.  For example (but certainly not limited to!):

  • The Role of the Architect
  • View of Boston from NERDPrinciples of Software Design
  • Methodology Comparisons (TOGAF, Zachman)
  • Design Patterns
  • Testing and Validation
  • Establishing Development Practices
  • Model Driven Architecture
  • Service Oriented Architecture
  • Performance
  • Interoperability
  • Patterns for Cloud Computing
  • Refactoring
  • Architecting for the User Experience
  • Working with Business Stakeholders and Development Teams

Interested in helping by sharing your perspective and experience?  Contact me and let me know which areas you’re interested in covering.

The Call for Content and Speakers will close on Tuesday, May 19th.

Hope to see many of you there.  I’m looking forward to a day of great interaction, knowledge sharing, and networking!