Design Day’21

October 5th 2021
8:30 – 17:50 CET


DADD 2021
Dealing with (Natural) Disruption: Building Resilient Organizations & Systems

Adapting to changing circumstances has become more and more important over the last years. Especially now we see the value of the ability to quickly scale up or down your cost in relation to the revenue, to make sure your organization can continue to function with people working remotely and to change your business model and re-think the way you are operating. This calls for great creativity and flexibility of the people in an organization, but also for robustness in the design of organizations and their supporting systems.

In this year’s edition of DADD we focus on what it means to be resilient and what is needed to achieve such goals.

The call for contributions is closed. But feel free to let us know whether you’re interested to speak or contribute for 2022.

Business Continuity

What this year showed is that Business Continuity is more than keeping IT running. Attention to Business Continuity has an impact on services, processes, information flows and systems. And therefore, also on architecture.

Architecture is often associated with standardization, rationalization and cost savings, and Business Continuity is a completely different goal to design for. How do organizations deal with this? What are architecture aspects and concepts for Business Continuity? Which features and quality attributes are of importance? And how does this translate to principles, patterns and designs on business, application and infrastructure layers? In this track, a number of organizations will show you how they designed and implemented an architecture for Business Continuity. And they will also talk about how it worked out when trouble reared its ugly head.

Typical topics:

  • Balancing continuity by design and by adaption
  • Risk analysis: what to design for
  • Designing resilient and robust organizations
  • Designing resilient and robust IT
  • End-2-end analysis: how to use people, processes*and* systems to achieve resilience
  • Testing business continuity, dream the undreamable
  • Balancing cost and benefits, avoid overengineering

Operating Resilient Systems

In today’s world, scalable, robust & high available infrastructure is becoming the norm for digital companies. Building a distributed systems architecture with e.g. Microservices is only the first step. Being able to operate and change determines long term success.

Continuous Delivery principles are important to quickly deliver on new demands and designing. Observability into the system is important to do proactive. Monitoring and Alerting to quickly get to the root cause of problems and prevent them from happening again. And so, making systems more and more resilient.

We want to share lessons learned and upcoming trends in how to design and operate these types of systems, enabling you to successfully apply this within your own context.

Typical topics we are looking for:

  • (Auto)Scaling on demand, keeping cost in check
  • Cloud-Native Architectures, Event Driven
  • Observability and monitoring of systems interconnections and dependencies
  • Service Mesh for containerized platforms
  • Advanced CI/CD pipelines, experimenting in production, A/B testing
  • What to measure and how to determine the root cause in complex system
  • Site Reliability Engineering

Managing and valorising data

Data pervades our personal and professional lives. If you stop to think about it, a lot of data about us, as individuals, is “out there” and all we can hope for is that it is used well and cared for efficiently. Good examples are our medical history, data about our financial position, identity data, preferences for social engagements, and perhaps even data related to our dating history.

On the other side of the spectrum, organizations also deal with a lot of data. Data about products and parts. Data about suppliers, formal contracts. Companies may even have access to `our’ data. It is safe to say that without (access to the) data, lives of individuals and organizations would be hard, to say the least. This makes the case for claims on personal sovereignty over data. Data management can be thought to consist of stewardship activities, which pertain to taking care of data as an asset, and utilization activities, which are all about bringing data to value. Both types of activities apply to both individuals and organizations.

In this track, we will engage in a variety of interaction formats and explore the challenges and ways of architects in this two-dimensional forcefield, spanned by the tensions as well as interdependencies between personal and organizational, and between stewardship and utilization.

Typical Topics:

  • Privacy / GDPR
  • Data Infrastructure
  • AI for Data Quality
  • Quantified Self / Personal Data
  • Data Integration / Virtualisation

Developing Soft Skills is easy, what is holding us back?

In the analogue period that we are leaving behind, hard skills ruled. Now we have moved into a new area, where a digital mindset is the norm. Being able to apply soft skills will for a large part determine a person’s success in contemporary businesses. Darwin’s remarks concerning survival of the fittest can now be translated into mastering the top soft skills like creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability, emotional intelligence. And how hard can it be people, even babies can get their diapers changed!

Communication skills are essential when engaging with a range of audiences and a main component when facilitating great design outcomes.

Next to Communication Flexibility & Teamwork (being a team player) are often mentioned in the same breath. The more turbulent the times, the shorter the half-life of hard skills becomes and the more soft-skills are essential to deliver results.

At least if you want to remain part of change. Thanks to technical debt there will always be a need for people with skills like Cobol.

Typical Topics:

  • Embracing change, dealing with uncertainty
  • Participation over governance
  • Team Coaching
  • Building High Performance Teams
  • Involving stakeholders, Unleashing the power of the crowd
  • Working together at a distance

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    Digital Architecture Design Day will reveal the best ways of dealing with (natural) disruption and building resilient organizations & systems. At this community driven event we value:

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