Course Code: 25376

Introduction to Agile Architecture

Class Dates:
2 Days
Class Time:
Instructor-Led Training, Virtual Instructor-Led Training


  • Course Overview
  • he course begins with defining what the Agile methodology and the practice of Architecture are and continues by looking at their strengths and weakness. An apparent dichotomy exists, and an exploration of industry practices demonstrate possible ways to resolve the conflict. The course ends by looking at how the best of both may be achievable.

    Skills Gained
    At the end of the training, practitioners will be able to:

    describe the Agile methodology and its relationship to and need for Architecture
    understand the inherent challenges of Agile and Architecture
    discuss the ways in which the industry has been connecting Architecture and Agile
    consider ways in which Architecture can support an Agile environment
  • Audience
  • Architects, Software Development Team Leads, Technical leads, Agile team members, Managers


  • None

Course Details

  • Lesson 1. Enterprise Architecture (EA) Primer
  • Architecture, Architects, Enterprise Architecture Definitions
  • IEEE, TOGAF, & MIT Perspectives, Enterprise Architecture Defined
  • Architecture Framework: Foundation for a Common Vocabulary, Industry EA Frameworks
  • Dimensions of Architecture Scope, Architecture Domains
  • Time: Baseline, Target, and Transition Architectures, Various Solution Architecture Definitions
  • Characteristics of a Solution Architecture
  • Example Solution Architecture: SOA for Insurance
  • Solution Architecture Context, Architecture & Domains
  • SA Spans All Domains, Relationship to EA Architecture Development Process
  • Solution Architecture & Deliverables
  • EA Involvement in SA
  • Architecturally Significant
  • Lesson 2. Challenges with Traditional Architecture
  • The Need for Senior Management Support
  • Business People Underestimate the Complexity, Role Clarity, Governance
  • Variables Outside Architecture's Control
  • Analysis Paralysis, Architecture Dismissed by Agile Teams
  • Scarce Resources
  • The Challenge of Alignment
  • Rogue IT
  • There's No ROI in Infrastructure
  • Lesson 3. What is Agile?
  • Development Methodologies of the ‘80’s and ‘90’s
  • Enterprise Architecture, Problems with this Approach
  • Unified Process, The Manifesto for Agile Development
  • Don't Misinterpret...
  • Agile Principles: (1 of 3), (2 of 3), (3 of 3)
  • Role of a Methodology in Agile, Agile Methodologies, Scrum
  • Artifact: Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog,
  • Artifact: Product Increment, Burndown Charts
  • Activity: Sprints, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum
  • Activities: Sprint Review and Sprint Retrospective
  • Kanban
  • XP Practices (1 of 2), (2 of 2)
  • Lesson 4. Challenges With Agile
  • Business' Need for Predictability
  • Shortsightedness, Forest and Trees,
  • Difficulties with Securing a Team Member from the Business
  • The Cycle of Formalization
  • Integration Challenges, Operations Team Seen as a Blocker
  • Reinventing Standards
  • Possible Security Issues, Bias to Build over Buy
  • Team Member Criticality, Agile Team Member Qualifications
  • Difficulties Acquiring Proper Support
  • Lesson 5. The Agile-Architecture Conflict
  • The Two Perspectives
  • Class Discussion
  • Lesson 6. How Architecture Fits in with Agile
  • Common Ground, Building High Quality Systems
  • Solutions of Value, Rapid Delivery, Maintaining Systems Reliability
  • Design, Reuse, Discipline, Measurement
  • The Core Differences, How is Agile Even Possible?,
  • Open Source, Code Control and Versioning,
  • Test Driven Development (TDD)
  • Stack Overflow, Twitter and GitHub
  • What Does Architecture Produce That an Agile Team Needs?
  • What Should Architecture Provide to an Agile Team?
  • Lesson 7. Where Agile and Architecture Connect
  • The Most Popular Frameworks, The Zachman Framework, IASA
  • The Open Group Architecture Framework, TOGAF's Scope,
  • Which Architecture Principles are Non-Agile?
  • Which Business Principles? [2/1], [2/2]
  • Which Data Principles? Which Application Principles?
  • Which Technology Principles? Which Security Principles?
  • Which Integration Principles?
  • TOGAF's Architecture Development Method
  • Development Activities in TOGAF
  • Activities TOGAF Addresses that SDLC's Usually Don't
  • Requirements Gathering in TOGAF
  • Lesson: 8. Is There Agile Architecture?
  • What is Agile Architecture: Definition 1
  • Agile Architecture: Definition 2
  • Which Definition is Correct?
  • What is the Problem We're Trying to Solve Again?
  • Prioritization, Integration, What About How the Environment Has Changed?
  • So What to Do? Can Architecture Be Sprinted?
  • Goals of Agile Architecture, Benefits,
  • Agile Architecture at Work, Agile Architecture for Agile Software Projects
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Open Agile Architecture (O-AA)
  • Agile Architecture for Software, Reserach, Example 1, 2, & 3
  • Agile Architecture as an EA Practice, Agile Architecture in the Industry
  • Agile Architecture for EA Conclusion
  • Lesson 9. An Open Agile Architecture Roadmap
  • Applying Agile Practices at an Enterprise Level
  • Intentional Architecture and Emergent Architecture
  • Aligning Agile Practices to TOGAF Domains, Agile Architecture Core Principles
  • Self-organization, Communications and Feedback at All Levels, Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Implement Smaller Fragments of Value, Drive Decision Making to the Lowest Competent Level
  • Descriptions, Rationales, and Implications, Shifting from Projects to Products
  • Using Innovation Dialogue, Considering Minimum Viable Architecture (MVA)
  • Balancing Intentional and Emergent Architectures, Enterprise-Level Architectural Governance
  • Stakeholder Collaboration Models. Agile Team Collaboration and Scaling
  • Collaboration Models between EA and Solutions Development Teams, Enterprise, Segment, and Solution Architecture
  • Agile Management Roles, Portfolio, Program & Project Management,
  • Scrum Masters, Agile Acquisition & Documentation, Rolling Forecast Budgeting, Pair Architecting
  • Lab Exercises
  • Lab 1. Case Study: The Last National Bank
  • Lab 2. Exercise 1: LNB’s Architecture Practice
  • Lab 3. Exercise 2: LNB’s Experience with Agile
  • Lab 4. Exercise 3: Putting it Together
  • Lab 5. Exercise 4: Taking it Home