The Medium Term Future of Evolutionary Architecture with Rebecca Parsons
A major premise underlying Evolutionary Architecture is that not only will things change, but we can't predict how they will change. While this premise makes predicting anything problematic (at best), we can postulate some ways that the principles and practices of Evolutionary Architecture will change in the near medium term. This talk will first introduce Evolutionary Architecture and then examine some possible futures for the principles and practices of Evolutionary Architecture. We will specifically address changes that might arise from innovations in AI, observability, and new architectural approaches.
Rebecca Parsons Bio
Rebecca Parsons is CTO-Emerita at ThoughtWorks. Rebecca has more than 30 years’ experience leading the creation of large-scale distributed, services-based applications and the integration of disparate systems. Previously, she was an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Central Florida, where she taught courses on compilers, program optimization, distributed computation, programming languages, the theory of computation, machine learning, and computational biology, and a director’s postdoctoral fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where her research included work on parallel and distributed computation, genetic algorithms, computational biology, and nonlinear dynamical systems. Rebecca’s interests include parallel and distributed computation, programming languages, domain-specific languages, evolutionary architecture, genetic algorithms, and computational science. She is the co-author of Domain-Specific Languages, The ThoughtWorks Anthology, and Building Evolutionary Architectures. A strong advocate for diversity in the technology industry who is committed to increasing the number of women in coding and STEM fields, Rebecca has served on the board of CodeChix and acted as an advisor to Women Who Code. A sought-after speaker, she has been a featured presenter at well-known conferences, including Collision Conference, Web Summit, YOW!, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and more. She was also chairwoman of the Agile Alliance board of directors. In 2018 Rebecca was honored to receive the prestigious Technical Leadership Abie Award, presented by AnitaB.org, celebrating a woman who led or developed a product, process, or innovation that made a notable impact on business or society.