Methodological tools are essential in architecture and system design as they provide guidance in making decisions. These tools help to organise thoughts, identify gaps, and provide a framework for the decision-making process.
In this workshop, learn how to design, use and assess methodological tools. It is a unique opportunity to discuss the challenges you face, and gather multiple viewpoints with other like-minded peers. You will get the chance to integrate your insights, and situational factors from your current work, into methodological tools for architecture/system design (models, frameworks, heuristics, processes). First, we will discuss each topic in smaller groups. Then, we will debrief, discuss, and critique each other's work using the Sensemaking Roundtable approach. This approach is used to animate the different parts of the approaches developed within a group, bring them into critical conversation with each other, and benefit from critique across groups to surface questions and insights, and make improvements.
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to answer these critical questions:
- What do we want from methodology? How do we design, use, and assess methodological tools?
- What are the root concepts and realities that create the foundation for thinking about architecture / system design? (Complexity, systems thinking, ...)
- What is architecture / system design?
- What problem is architecture solving? What aspects of the overall problem is architecture concerned with?
- How is architecture / system design situated in the process of developing organizational strategy, conceiving of products, and building systems? What role do architecture and architecting play; how do they interact with these other organizational functions?
- What are the organizational / personal / psycho-dynamic factors and forces that shape, enable, and impede how architecture is viewed, discussed, and done? How are these identified, modeled, understood, and dealt with?
- How do we model the architecture problem space to support reasoning and decision making?
- How do we assess what is possible technically and organizationally?
- How should architecture decisions be made? Team structures, roles, responsibility, authority.
- How is architecture represented?
- What other challenges are you facing?
This workshop is for you if you are open to the value of architecture methodology and are looking to share and explore experiences and ideas in a supportive setting. Appreciation of the value of a diversity of viewpoints and approaches is required.