From September 12-13, 2013

(Note: Audio is faint for the first 20 seconds, but the rest of the video is fine.)

At ThoughtWorks (, we’re big fans of evolutionary architecture and emergent design, which allows great technological and business flexibility. But like many accelerants, it isn’t entirely free. This talk explores decisions made and consequences (both positive and negative) from a real world project that has used these techniques aggressively for 4 years. I discuss the distinction between architecture and design, the impacts of change on each, and how you can sometimes exchange them.

Neal Ford ( is Director, Software Architect and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with focusing on end-to-end software development. He is the designer/developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, courseware, video presentations, and author and/or editor of 8 books. He also speaks at lots of conferences.

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