Course: Essence of Software Architecture

Covers the basics of software architecture, views, and refinement. It is suitable as a introduction to software architecture for a general audience, including developers and managers. It describes the what and why of software architecture, and gives a tour of how it is done. Participants will complete a detailed exercise that runs throughout the course.

  • Combating complexity and scale with partitioning, knowledge, and abstractions
  • Short history of software modeling
  • How much precision?
  • Essential modeling ideas
  • Reducing risk with architecture
    • Architecture-indifferent design
    • Architecture-centric design
    • Required perspective shift to quality attributes
  • Levels of modeling competence
  • Desirable model traits
  • Benefits of architecture models by role
  • Concerns about adopting SA
  • Software architecture walkthrough
    • Domain modeling
    • Boundary modeling
    • Design modeling

Since this is a 1-day course, we have a small amount latitude in tailoring the course content for your needs.


This course is suitable for managers, programmers, developers, designers, and architects. Because of the need to track individual progress on a few exercises during the course, the maximum class size is 20.


This presentation is delivered by Dr. George Fairbanks. George has been teaching software architecture and object-oriented design since 1998, and in the Spring of 2008 he was the co-instructor for the graduate software architecture course at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a Ph.D. in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, advised by David Garlan and Bill Scherlis. His dissertation introduced design fragments, a new way to specify and assure the correct use of frameworks through static analysis. He has publications on frameworks and software architecture in selective academic conferences. He has written production code for telephone switches, plugins for the Eclipse IDE, and everything from soup to nuts for his dot-com startup, and maintains a network of Linux servers in his spare time. George is a program committee member for 2009 Working International Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA 2009), and has been a referee for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE).

Logistics and Cost

On-site: This course is normally taught on-site with the customer. The cost is $850 per person, with a minimum of eight students, plus the instructor’s travel, room, and board expenses. Discounts apply for larger groups.

Public: Although this course is not normally offered on a public schedule, we will schedule one if there is demand. Email us to get on the waiting list.

Participants receive a copy of the lecture slides and exercises.



Related courses

A follow-on to this course is the Software Architecture with UML (3 days).

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