Track: Architecture Improvements


Day of week:

Next gen architecture, Arch over the full lifecycle, Bleeding edge tech in legacy, Cognitive biases in architecture, Evolving Architecture

Track Host:
Aino Corry
Retrospectives Facilitator
Aino Corry is technical conference editor and retrospectives facilitator. She holds a masters degree and a ph.d. in computer science. She has 12 years of experience with Patterns in Software Development, and teaches OO design, software architecture and development in academia and industry. Aino is member of GOTO Aarhus Program Advisory Board In her spare time, she runs and sings (but not at the same time)
10:20am - 11:10am

by Rebecca Parsons
CTO at ThoughtWorks

While micro-services are all the rage, they need to be approached with caution. Using the techniques of evolutionary architecture, coupled with continuous delivery, allows for the micro-services architecture and its companion data architecture to evolve. This talk explores the relationship between these three concepts, focusing on how they all support each other in the creation of complex systems.

11:30am - 12:20pm

by Richard Kasperowski
QCon Open Space Facilitator

Open Space

Join Michael Feathers, our speakers, and other attendees for the Architecture Open Space.

What is Open Space?

Every day at QCon London, we’ll open space five times, once for each track. Open Space is a kind of unconference, a simple way to run productive meetings for 5 to 2000 or more people, and a powerful way to lead any kind of organization in everyday practice and extraordinary change.



1:20pm - 2:10pm

by Adam Tornhill
Software consultant with a degree in psychology

We’ll never be able to understand large-scale systems from a single snapshot of the code. Instead we need to understand how the code evolved and how the people who work on it are organized. We also need strategies that let us find design issues and uncover hidden dependencies between both code and people. Where do you find such strategies if not within the field of criminal psychology?

This session will reveal the wealth of information that's stored in our version-control systems. You...

2:30pm - 3:20pm

by Colin Garlick
Knowledge Engineer for Software Education

We say we need architecture, but what is the basis for this claim? Often we put development teams off architecture by being unable to demonstrate the value of it, or even worse, by our own practices or character. This talk presents a foundation of value for the practice of architecture. We start with the values that architecture is established on. Values are characteristics that can be prioritised, showing what we regard as important in the world of architecture. Our thoughts and actions...

3:40pm - 4:30pm

by Rachel Laycock
Lead Consultant at ThoughtWorks

There are several factors to implementing Continuous Delivery: organisational, process and architectural. Each one could require significant changes in your organisation.


This talk will focus on the architecture of your application. How do you design a system you intend to rapidly deploy? How do you avoid common pitfalls or anti-patterns, which will hinder your ability to deliver? How do you refactor your existing code base to suit rapid delivery? We will address...

4:50pm - 5:40pm

by Kevlin Henney
Editor of "97 Things Every Programmer Should Know "

Systems get bigger, technologies reach further, practices mature, advice changes. Or at least some of it does. Some guidance remains unaffected by the passing of paradigms, the evolution of technology, the scaling of development. Break your software into small, cohesive parts defined by clear interfaces and sound implementations, all the while striving for simplicity. The excuses for not doing so are as predictable as they are problematic. If you want to create legacy code, make sure that...


Covering innovative topics

Wednesday, 4 March

  • Architecture Improvements

    Next gen architecture, Arch over the full lifecycle, Bleeding edge tech in legacy, Cognitive biases in architecture, Evolving Architecture.

  • Big Data Frameworks, Architectures, and Data Science

    As big data tools and architectures continue to evolve, how do you architect and select technologies that work now but are also future-proof?

  • DevOps and Continuous Delivery: Code Beyond the Dev Team

    As infrastructure becomes as malleable as code, a unified approach from reqs to ops is needed to deliver promised breakthroughs.

  • Engineering Culture

    The best teams and companies talk about how to create amazing engineering cultures.

  • Java - Not Dead Yet

    Java is evolving to meet developer and business needs, from lambdas in Java 8 to built-in support for money types rumoured for Java 9.

  • Mind Matters at Work

    How theories from neuroscience and psychology can help us better understand IT professionals and discover what really motivates them.

Thursday, 5 March

  • Docker, containers and application portability

    People building stuff for and with containers showing why application portability is important, and what can be done with expanding ecosystems.

  • Evolving agile

    Reflecting on and learning from successes and failures in applying agile approaches since the creation of the Agile Manifesto and exploring ways of applying agile practices to increase business value.

  • HTML and JS Today

    The state of the art in web technologies. What is important to know and why?

  • Internet of Things

    What software devs need to know to design and build for instrumented environments and reactive things, what new issues and questions it raises.

  • Modern CS in the Real World

    How modern CS helps you tackle today's problems.

  • Reactive Architecture

    How to create reactive systems is more than simply learning a framework. Thinking in a reactive way helps you to design responsive architectures.

  • The Go Language

    The Go Language - Concurrency, Performance, Systems Programming.

Friday, 6 March

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Get a rare look behind the scenes and get to see the architectures of the most well-known sites with the least known architectures.

  • Low latency trading

    The 'race to zero' continues. Join us to learn about the latest tecniques being deployed to optimise order routing and execution.

  • Open source in finance

    Financial services have changed from OS as cost-saving to a competitive weapon. See open source projects that are disrupting the finance industry.

  • Product Mastery

    Come have fun with fellow PMs and BAs as you learn about Value Management. We'll even tell you dark tales of Snarks, Hippos and other obstacles.

  • Taming Microservices

    Tackling the challenges of microservices in practice.

  • Taming Mobile

    Mobile is no longer the Next Big Thing but a requirement for your business. Hear from those who have implemented successful mobile systems.