Design Day’21

October 5th 2021
8:30 – 17:50 CET


DADD 2021
Dealing with (Natural) Disruption: Building Resilient Organisations & 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 organisation 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 organisation, but also for robustness in the design of organisations 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.

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.

Data as an Asset

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.

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.

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.

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Digital Architecture Design

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:

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more. Please view the full manifesto here.