Vision Before Mission: An Architect’s Role in Enabling Agility – Tales From Swisscard
“In the new world, it is not the big fish which eats the small fish, it’s the fast fish which eats the slow fish.” These are now famous words from Klaus Schwab – the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.
We constantly strive to be this fast fish and to deliver value with increasingly shorter turnaround times. But this velocity always comes with its own risks and costs in tow.
So, how can we ensure that we solve problems quickly and efficiently without introducing brand-new ones? And, what is the Solution Architect’s involvement in making this possible? Let’s find out!
Hey – what’s that I see? Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
It’s an Architect aboard the Agile Release Train!
In this presentation, Sourav Ray and Rudolf Flütsch talk about the foundations, or the „A-B-C-D-E“, of how Architects work at Swisscard and discuss the philosophies behind how they constantly strive to enable sustainable agility.
Sourav started out as a developer nearly 20 years ago, working for the back-office of a large international bank. This voyage would take him across technology-landscapes, competencies, geographies and industries. He would work in Pharmaceuticals, Insurance, Telecom, Banking and Financial Services and finally, Cards and Payments. In this time, he would find himself working in a heady variety of job-roles within IT initiatives. Nowadays, he is a Senior Solutions Architect at Swisscard, but more significantly – an all-round „problem-solver“ with strong people-skills.
Sourav observed in his ‘travels’ that, regardless of the organization or domain that he worked in, there was always one constant—a never-ending search for agility. His current passion is to fuel this drive. Therefore, he endeavors to work alongside knowledge-workers and teams to facilitate and support this agility in the most sustainable ways possible.
Rudolf (Ruedi) started out working with fire control systems and nuclear reactors more than 28 years ago before coming into contact with the world of programming. As he navigated his way through the complex waters of Host, Java, .NET and multitude of other languages and technologies, he went back and forth from development and architecture to management before finally settling into the role of a ‚hands-on‘, results-oriented Senior Solutions Architect at Swisscard.
Meanwhile, over the years, Ruedi has waded through Scrum, DevOps, Microservices and so much more. He enjoys rolling up his sleeves and working in the trenches as and when necessary. His goal is to bring his knowledge and experience to the table and make things happen with as much agility possible within the boundaries and constraints of an organization.