Riding the Architect Elevator With Gregor Hohpe

Architecting Enterprise Transformation

As the digital economy changes the rules of the game for enterprises, the role of architects also changes fundamentally. Rather than focussing on technical decisions alone, architects need to combine organizational and technical knowledge to cause change in the organization’s structure and processes as well as in the technical platform. To do so effectively, they must connect the penthouse, where the business strategy is defined, and the engine room, where the enabling technologies are implemented.

Making this connection by moving from floor to floor won’t work. Architects need to bypass existing structures and take the elevator up to the penthouse—that’s the architect elevator. However, how do architects know what is expected from them up in the penthouse? How to get there in the first place? What has to be done at the different floors? How to tackle all this complexity? And how does one get back down?

Workshop Objectives

This workshop will give IT architects, technical managers, and senior developers a new perspective on architecture and architects in the context of organizational change. A combination of lecture, discussion, and exercises will teach participants how to interact with, and influence, parts of the organization ranging from corporate strategy to IT operations. It will also prepare them for an environment of constant change that requires everyone to unlearn old habits. Participants will combine organizational knowledge with decision models and communication techniques to devise and pitch a convincing strategy that will connect all floors of the organization.

You Will Be Able To

  • reverse-engineer an organization’s beliefs and influence them;
  • clearly articulate the value of architecture in a digital transformation;
  • communicate complex technical topics and their merit to upper management;
  • “zoom in and out” of a technical topic to unlock its potential;
  • cut through the complexity of large-scale systems by using model and system thinking;
  • make disciplined and principle-based architectural decisions.

The workshop will draw on the instructor’s diverse background that includes start-ups, management consulting, internet-scale software development, and corporate IT. While the workshop will use many examples from real enterprises, no specific technical knowledge is required.

Gregor's latest book: 37 Things One Architect Knows About IT Transformation
Gregor’s latest book: 37 Things One Architect Knows About IT Transformation

Why This Workshop Is Relevant for You

  • short, intensive one-day workshop
  • no specific technical knowledge required
  • hosted by a proven expert
  • interactive