Gartner Research

Agile Teams Need Application Architects

Published: 23 September 2013

ID: G00247493

Analyst(s): Ross Altman, Nathan Wilson


Agile teams often neglect application architecture out of an aversion to upfront designs and complex solutions. IT leaders need to incorporate application architects into agile teams to help ensure sustainable code and to keep architectures simple, modular and flexible.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Keep Architecture Simple, Modular and Flexible
    • Focus on the Lines
    • Simple Architecture
    • Modular Architecture
    • Flexible Architecture
  • Use Application Architects to Avoid Agile Shortcomings
    • Duplicate Code
    • Dead Ends
    • Tight Coupling
  • Incorporate Application Architects Into Agile Projects
    • Define the Architects as Stakeholders for Projects
    • Improve the Architectural Skills of Team Members
    • Transition to Architect as Consultant

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