Agile Architecture: What the Agile Architect Can Learn From a Hurricane Meteorologist
This presentation was created for the SATURN conference series and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.
There are compelling analogies to be drawn between an
architect in an Agile environment (AA) and a hurricane meteorologist
paper draws on these analogies to provide guidance for developing and
maintaining an Agile architecture. Like HMs, who produce forecasts of
types, AAs produce a variety of architectural documents. HMs use many
kinds of data sources as inputs to forecasting, and AAs also need to
diverse data types and employ different techniques to acquire them.
HM, who has well-established meteorological practices for preparing and
scheduling forecasts, the AA has far fewer standard practices to follow,
since Agile practices can differ drastically from those of traditional
Still, this paper will cover several reliable methods for defining an
architecture plan and deciding on a schedule for its preparation and
The approach presented will help the AA establish a successful long-term
This presentation was given at SATURN 2011 in Burlingame, CA.