ThoughtWorks, active, generalising specialist
Patrick Kua is an author, speaker and consultant who still finds time to code. He works as an active, generalising specialist at ThoughtWorks and dislikes being put into a box. He is often found leading technical teams, coaching people and organisations in lean and agile methods, sometimes facilitating situations beyond adversity. Patrick is fascinated by elements of learning and continuous improvement, always helping others to develop an enthusiasm for the same.
Patrick Kua has published both 'The Retrospective Handbook: A guide for agile teams' and most recently, 'Talking with Tech Leads: From Novices to Practitioners'
Being a successful architect requires more than just a good understanding of architecture. Patrick Kua explores the breadth of skills and experience an architect should focus on and outlines the balance of traits that makes a well-rounded architect.Patrick examines the architect role from a number of perspectives—looking both inward and outward—to determine the different skill areas an architect requires to be successful. Patrick also shares some of the typical traps that an architect who focuses too much on a single aspect falls into and discusses their negative consequences to teams and organizations. Patrick concludes by offering a map for you to assess and plan your own development to learn and maintain a balanced set of skills and become a well-rounded architect.