O'Reilly Live Training - Shaping and Communicating Architectural Decisions


Seth Dobbs led an O'Reilly Live Training on how to successfully communicate architectural and technical decisions and develop a better understanding of key technical and nontechnical stakeholders, including what they can provide and what they need.

Seth then shared concrete steps you can take to shape your approach to solving problems and communicate your decisions. Attendees left with the tools needed to build better relationships with both technical and nontechnical team members and stakeholders, make decisions that are clearly aligned with the business, more quickly achieve buy-in, and effectively communicate direction to the technical team.

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What You'll Learn-and How You Can Apply It

By the end of this live, online course, you’ll understand:

  • Why good communication skills are critical for architects
  • The motivations and needs behind the different stakeholders you work with
  • How different approaches to communication can create clarity or ambiguity

And you’ll be able to:

  • Layout a strategy for making good architectural decisions and getting buy-in from key stakeholders
  • Build credibility with other organizations outside of IT and engineering
  • Resolve conflicts with different team members and stakeholders
  • Break speaking habits that create tension and miscommunication


Seth Dobbs
Chief Technology Officer