Join us for

Building Evolutionary Architectures

with Neal, Rebecca & Pat
13 Feb 2018 | 6.30pm - 8.30pm | ThoughtWorks London Office

Join internationally recognised experts Neal Ford, Rebecca Parsons & Pat Kua at our technical leaders' discussion

We invite you to join Neal Ford, Rebecca Parsons and Pat Kua to explore the principles of evolutionary architecture. In this invite-only evening session they will share some architectural insights they have gained from ThoughtWorks projects around the world. We'd like to invite you to share yours as well, through this informal discussion format. 

Venue: ThoughtWorks,
76 - 78 Wardour Street, Soho,
London, W1F 0UR

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm

An evolutionary architecture supports incremental, guided change as a first principle across multiple dimensions.

For many years, software architecture was described as "the parts that are hard to change later". But then microservices showed that if architects build evolvability into the architecture, change becomes easier. This talk, based on the recently published book Building Evolutionary Architectures co-authored by Neal and Rebecca, investigates how to build evolvable systems. The software development ecosystem exists in a state of dynamic equilibrium, where any new tool, framework or technique leads to disruption and the establishment of a new equilibrium.

Incremental change is critical for the mechanics of evolution, while uncontrolled evolution leads to undesirable side effects. Predictability is impossible when the foundation architects plan against changes constantly in unexpected ways. Instead, prefer evolvability over predictability. This session will illustrate how to achieve evolutionary architectures with engineering and DevOps practices to support continuous change, and how to retrofit existing systems to support better evolution.

Key benefits of attending:

  • Learn how to build architectures whose important characteristics don't degrade over time
  • Hear from experts about how to build architectures that support data and hypothesis-driven development.
  • Learn how to build architectures that withstand change gracefully over time

Who should attend:

CTOs, CIOs, Enterprise Architects, and others responsible for building technology strategy within their organisations.

Registrations are closed



Drinks, a bite to eat and a spot of networking


Panel discussion [live stream will commence]




Neal Ford

Director, Software Architect and Meme Wrangler, ThoughtWorks
Neal thinks disruptively to deliver technology to address the toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionise the IT industry and create positive social change. He is an internationally recognised expert on software development and delivery, especially in the intersection of agile engineering techniques and software architecture. 

Rebecca Parsons

Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Rebecca Parsons is ThoughtWorks’ Chief Technology Officer with decades-long applications development experience across a range of industries and systems. Her technical experience includes leading the creation of large-scale distributed object applications and the integration of disparate systems. 

Patrick Kua

CTO of N26 and ThoughtWorks alumni
Pat, alongside Building Evolutionary Architecture, has authored The Retrospective Handbook and Talking with Tech Leads. He has over a decade of experience in agile and lean development processes, considers himself a life-long learner, keen on travel and can be found in cafes serving good coffee.