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What Our Instructors Say

Being an effective ATAM Leader does not come naturally for many people. Sure, you need a solid background in software architecture. Your real job, however, is to orchestrate the stakeholder group, so that an ATAM-based evaluation provides the best possible results. You'll come away from ATAM Leader Training with a solid understanding of how to lead the process.

Larry Jones
Larry Jones is a senior member of the technical staff at the SEI.

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Who Should Attend

This course is valuable for

  • ATAM evaluators who want to improve their ATAM facilitation skills
  • ATAM evaluators who want to become SEI-Certified ATAM Leaders  

Course Overview

This two-day course develops the social and leadership skills needed to successfully lead an architecture evaluation using the ATAM. Through exercises, you will practice ways to

  • manage the multiple people with diverse viewpoints involved in an ATAM evaluation
  • determine when to engage and when to observe
  • ensure that all participants are doing the right job

In particular, the course covers  

  • ATAM leader roles and responsibilities
  • basic facilitation techniques
  • managing group dynamics
  • applying the techniques during ATAM evaluations 


Before attending this course, you must have successfully completed these SEI training courses:

We also strongly recommend that all attendees participate in at least one ATAM evaluation before taking this course.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this course, you will be able to 

  • apply proven meeting-management and facilitation techniques during an ATAM evaluation
  • manage the roles of ATAM participants
  • listen for architectural risks and capture them faithfully 

Course Environment

ATAM Leader Training is an interactive course. Your classmates will come from a range of government agencies and industry sectors, each bringing a unique perspective. 

You can expect group work, exercises, and individualized Q&A sessions. You will receive a copy of lecture slides and exercises.

This two-day classroom course meets daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET) in our U.S. training centers. In our international training centers, the course meets from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., local time.

The SEI can deliver this course at customer sites by special arrangement.  

Course Outline

Download the ATAM Leader Training course outline.

Training Justification Letter

Download our training justification letter template. This letter can be tailored to help you make a case to your manager for taking this course.

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Related Courses and Certificates

There are a couple of our courses that you'll need to complete before you can attend this one:

By completing those courses and the ATAM Leader Training course, you'll be on your way to becoming an SEI-Certified ATAM Leader. The coursework and observation exercise that make up the ATAM Leader certification provide a qualified software professional with the technical depth and social techniques that are essential to leading SEI-authorized ATAM evaluations..

SEI Training Logistics

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For public courses at an SEI training center

  • Your registration fee includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks.
  • Check-in and breakfast begin 1/2 hour before the course begins.
  • The dress code for the course is casual/casual business attire.
  • The SEI in Pittsburgh is a secure building. You'll receive a badge that must be worn visibly at all times while in the facility. For your convenience, prior to arrival, please review the SEI Security Policy for Course Attendees.
  • To arrange accommodations/services for disabilities, please contact us at or +1 412-268-7622 at least three weeks prior to the course start date.

Software requirements for the SEI learning portal

  • Operating Systems: Windows 98/NT 4.0/Windows 2000/Windows XP/Windows Vista/Mac OS X
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  • Configure your browser to allow pop-ups from the SEI Learning Portal (

Where to stay

  • We've reserved a block of rooms at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213. The hotel will hold these rooms until three weeks prior to the course.
  • For reservations, please contact the hotel directly at +1 412-682-6200 and confirm that you are speaking with In-House reservations. To receive the SEI group rate or the government rate, please mention the course title and date. Please note: You must make reservations by phone in order to receive the SEI Group or Government special rates. These rates are not available when making reservations online.
  • The Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center offers complimentary shuttle service to the SEI and anywhere within three miles of the hotel. For more information, please contact the hotel concierge.
  • A list of additional hotel recommendations and directions can also be found at

If you need to transfer your registration to a different SEI course

You may transfer your registration fees from one SEI course offering to another that occurs within 12 months. Just email us a request to or FAX it to 412-268-7401. For a first transfer, there's no charge if you make your request no less than three weeks before the course date. Within three week, you'll be charged a $50 fee.

If you need to send a substitute to the course you registered for

If you are unable to attend the course you registered for, you may send a qualified colleague in your place for most SEI courses. To request a substitution, email with the following information:

  • Name of the original attendee
  • Name/email address of substitute attendee
  • Title and date of course

We'll email the substitute attendee will receive a confirmation.

If you have to cancel your registration

Email cancellation requests to SEI Course Registration at or FAX to 412-268-7401.

If we have to cancel your course

If we have to cancel a course offering due to low enrollment, we'll offer you the choice of a refund of the registration fee, transfer to a different date of the same course, or transfer to a different SEI course of equal price.

Our refund policy

We'll issue a refund for

  • written cancellations that we receive no less than three weeks before the course begins (less a $75.00 administrative fee)
  • course cancellations that we initiate

We cannot give a refund after the course begins or for a course missed to an act of God.

Train your team

Many SEI courses can be held at your location. We're flexible on pricing and dates, and we'll work with you to tailor the course content to suit your needs. Learn more about team training in your location by calling +1 412-268-7622 or