Software Architecture Fundamentals

Format: Live Virtual Training
Duration: 2-Day Class

The job "Software Architect" was rated as the number one job by a recent CNN survey. Yet no clear path exists for moving from developer to architect. Why? Because software architecture is massive multidisciplinary subject with no clear definition or job description, making it difficult to chart a course for undertaking all of the learning required to become an effective software architect. 

This intensive hands-on 2-day live virtual class taught by Mark Richards is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and roadmap necessary to become an effective software architect. Being a software architect is much more than just drawing boxes and lines. It's about thinking like an architect, being a leader, and understanding the architectural elements, patterns, and styles necessary to create effective software architectures. Through interactive course materials and architecture exercises, this course will teach you the technical aspects of software architecture as well as how to make effective architecture decisions. 

Knowing what architecture pattern best fit your situation is critical to the success of your architecture. In this course you will gain an in-depth understanding of many different architecture styles and patterns, including event-driven, microkernel, space-based, microservices, and service-based architectures. You will learn how each pattern works, the major characteristics of each pattern, and how to use each architecture style to create an effective software architecture that matches your business needs and requirements.  

Whether you are on the path of developer to architect or already an architect, this course will provide you with the necessary practical hands-on real-world technical and soft-skills knowledge to quickly become an effective software architect.

For more information about the pricing and availability of this course for private (corporate) training, please contact me at For public training offerings for this course, please see my public schedule at my upcoming events page.

Public Training Dates
See the Public Course Schedule page for scheduled dates for this class

2-Day Course Agenda


  • Agenda and course logistics
  • Expectations of a software architect

Architectural Thinking

  • Managing architecture knowledge
  • Architecture vs. design
  • Identifying architecture characteristics
  • Architecture katas (hands-on exercises)

Component-Based Thinking

  • Component responsibility models
  • Identifying components and services
  • Component granularity
  • Component coupling
  • Component cohesion
  • Architecture katas (hands-on exercises)

Architecture Styles

  • Microservices architecture
  • Service-based architecture 
  • Event-driven architecture 
  • Microkernel architecture 
  • Space-based architecture 
  • Architecture Katas (hands-on exercises)

Documenting Architecture

  • Making architecture decisions
  • Architecture decision records

Summary and Wrap-up

  • Developing your career path
  • Next steps

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