There's always been this tension between the agile and architecture camps. Many agilists focus on delivering business value and iterating quickly. Many architects focus on non-functional requirements - experience has taught them that a system may need to be rewritten otherwise. What both camps don’t always realize is that the purpose of their actions is really about managing risk.
Watch this SkillsCast recording of a talk by Udi Dahan, who goes through an irreverent romp of agile principles, architectural “best practices”, and the organizational dysfunction that binds them.
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Balancing Architecture and Agile
Udi Dahan is one of the world’s foremost experts on Service-Oriented Architecture and Domain-Driven Design and also the creator of NServiceBus, the most popular service bus for .NET.