Join Newsletter

Visualising software architecture with the C4 model

YOW! 2019 Sydney - 04 Dec

It's very likely that the majority of the software architecture diagrams you've seen are a confused mess of boxes and lines. Following the publication of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development in 2001, teams have abandoned UML, discarded the concept of modeling and instead place a heavy reliance on conversations centered around incoherent whiteboard diagrams or shallow 'Marketecture' diagrams created with Visio. Moving fast and being agile requires good communication, yet software development teams struggle with this fundamental skill. A good set of software architecture diagrams are priceless for aligning a team around a shared vision and for getting new-joiners productive quickly.

This hands-on workshop explores the visual communication of software architecture, based upon a decade of my experiences working with software development teams large and small across the globe. We'll look at what is commonplace today, the importance of creating a shared vocabulary, diagram notation, and the value of creating a lightweight model to describe your software system. The workshop is based upon the C4 model, which I created as a way to help software development teams describe and communicate software architecture, both during up-front design sessions and when retrospectively documenting an existing codebase. It's a way to create maps of your code, at various levels of detail. Static structure, runtime and deployment diagrams are all covered, so you'll be able to tell different stories to different audiences. We'll wrap up the day by looking at the tooling landscape and diagram automation to keep your diagrams in sync with your source code.

Simon Brown

Independent Consultant

Structurizr Limited

Jersey

Simon is an independent consultant specialising in software architecture, and the author of “Software Architecture for Developers” - a developer-friendly guide to software architecture, technical leadership and the balance with agility. He is also the creator of the C4 model for visualising software architecture and the founder of Structurizr, a collection of tooling to help software teams visualise, document and explore their software architecture. Simon is a regular speaker at international software development conferences, and teaches software architecture to organisations worldwide.

Workshop Details

Target Audience
Software developers and architects
Level
Intermediate
Duration
Full day

Prerequisites

Some experience of building software is all you need!