Sunday, January 1, 2012

##job duties of a senior architect

(Blog post)

#1 [pwmcore] make architecture decisions for the team(s)
#2 give software development direction to developer teams
#3 [pwmcore] maintain and bug fix key components and infrastructure of the architecture.
#4 [pwmcore] code reviews
#5 policeman -- ensure implementation follows firmwide standards. But I feel this is often impractical under tight deadlines. Wild west is the norm under tight deadlines
#6 whip up interfacing code to downstream (upstream too?) systems.
# buildmaster
# automated blackbox testing

Above are based on a well-written job spec -- a perspective from the senior management. Below are a few more job duties I have observed

# [pwmcore] go-to person and problem solver on just about anything technical, but (bandwidth of this person is limited so) particularly the components that's not owned by any single application.
# automated test framework
# automated build and deploy
# represent the department and interface with firmwide architect councils on decisions affecting the entire firm
# long-term planning; long-term bets; monitor long-term trends
# evaluate new "not-invented-here" software products proposed for adoption by application teams

The same job spec also said "bring a strong sense of ownership and must be driven to deliver tasks to completion". So this is a doer not talker role. I guess more problem solving, getting-things-done, less (but still a great deal of) presentation, persuasion, explaining.

How about debugging? A software architect (see other posts) must be quick with debuggers etc.

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