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12 Essential Skills for Software Architects

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Master the Crucial Non-Technical Skills Every Software Architect Needs!


Thousands of software professionals have the necessary technical qualifications to become architects, but far fewer have the crucial non-technical skills needed to get hired and succeed in this role. In today’s agile environments, these “soft” skills have grown even more crucial to success as an architect. For many developers, however, these skills don’t come naturally–and they’re rarely addressed in formal training. Now, long-time software architect Dave Hendricksen helps you fill this gap, supercharge your organisational impact, and quickly move to the next level in your career.


In 12 Essential Skills for Software Architects, Hendricksen begins by pinpointing the specific relationship, personal, and business skills that successful architects rely upon. Next, he presents proven methods for systematically developing and sharpening every one of these skills, from negotiation and leadership to pragmatism and vision.


From start to finish, this book’s practical insights can help you get the architect position you want–and thrive once you have it!


The soft skills you need…

…and a coherent framework and practical methodology for mastering them!


Relationship skills

Leadership, politics, gracious behavior, communication, negotiation


Personal skills

Context switching, transparency, passion


Business skills

Pragmatism, vision, business knowledge, innovation

Table of contents
  • Part I: Relationship Skills
  • Chapter 1: Gracious Behavior
  • Chapter 2: Communication
  • Chapter 3: Negotiation 
  • Chapter 4: Leadership 
  • Chapter 5: Politics
  • Part II: Personal Skills
  • Chapter 6: Transparency
  • Chapter 7: Passion
  • Chapter 8: Context Switching
  • Part III: Business Skills
  • Chapter 9: Business Knowledge
  • Chapter 10: Innovation
  • Chapter 11: Pragmatism
  • Chapter 12: Vision
Author biography
Dave Hendricken is a software architect for Thomson Reuters. Dave enjoys working closely with new product development teams to create innovative legal products for large-scale online platforms such as Westlaw.com. In his spare time, Dave enjoys mentoring the Eagan High School Robotics team, downhill skiing with his kids, fishing for large-mouth bass, golfing early in the morning, and spending time at the cabin building things like trebuchets, go-carts, and rain barrel watering systems with his kids.