Five Koans of Software Architecture

Marianne Bellotti
6 min readApr 15, 2022

Random advice I find myself repeating a lot…

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“Those who should decide on the architecture are those that will be on call for it”

Software architecture is fun. So much so that there’s never any shortage of smart people eager to jump in with their opinions. In my various engineering leadership roles throughout my career so…

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Marianne Bellotti

Author of Kill It with Fire Manage Aging Computer Systems (and Future Proof Modern Ones)