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Meet the Expert: Neal Ford on Invalidating Axioms in Software Architecture


Neal Ford

The software ecosystem changes chaotically: one small change causes another; when repeated hundreds of times, it generates a new ecosystem. In fact we must question fundamental axioms on a regular basis, in light of improved engineering practices, operational ecosystems, software development processes—everything that makes up the messy, dynamic equilibrium where architects and developers work each day.

Careful observers of software architecture over time have witnessed a slow evolution of capabilities. From the engineer practices of extreme programming to continuous delivery, the DevOps revolution, microservices, containerization, and now cloud-based resources, all of these innovations have led to new capabilities and trade-offs.

Join expert Neal Ford to look at software architecture in a modern light, taking into account all the innovations from the last decade, along with some new metrics and measures suited to the new structures and perspectives now available.

O'Reilly Meet the Expert explores emerging business and technology topics and ideas through a series of one-hour interactive events. You’ll engage in a live conversation with experts, sharing your questions and ideas while hearing their unique perspectives, insights, fears, and predictions.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live show, you’ll better understand:

  • Current thinking in software architecture
  • Approaches to measuring and evaluating software architecture practices

This training course is for you because...

  • You want to learn about the fundamental shifts that are transforming the business landscape and customer needs.


  • Come with your questions for Neal Ford
  • Have a pen and paper handy to capture notes, insights, and inspiration

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About your instructor

  • Neal Ford is a director, software architect, and meme wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a software company and a community of passionate, purpose-led individuals who think disruptively to deliver technology to address the toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. He’s an internationally recognized expert on software development and delivery, especially in the intersection of Agile engineering techniques and software architecture. Neal has authored seven books (and counting), a number of magazine articles, and dozens of video presentations and spoken at hundreds of developers conferences worldwide. His topics include software architecture, continuous delivery, functional programming, cutting-edge software innovations, and a business-focused book and video on improving technical presentations. Check out his website, Nealford.com.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET

  • Introduction and presentation (15 minutes)
  • Interactive discussion and Q&A (45 minutes)