ArcReady – the Soft Skills

As an Architect, you should be more than just a technical guy. Your job is to be the liaison between the technical side of the world and the business side of the world. You need to be able to effectively communicate with all sides and understand the motivations of the different parts of the business.

To that end, this quarter’s ArcReady is here to help you. This quarter, your local Architect Evangelist will discuss the soft skills needed to perform the job of an architect and how to gain those skills.

Here’s the official text from the invite:


Microsoft ArcReady

Professional Patterns on the Job

You’re smart. You deliver. What more could your company want from you?  Why don’t they come to you for the big technical decisions? Why won’t they listen to your proposals? It seems like everyone has an agenda and they’re doing everything they can to kill your great ideas.

Join us this quarter as we focus on the soft skills that architects need to master. Learning these skills will boost your emotional intelligence and help you become a more professional, well rounded contributor. You’ll gain insight into the architect’s role as leader, influencer, and business professional and learn how to leverage your position to become a positive force within your organization.

Session 1: Mastering the Soft Skills
In this session, we’ll discuss key interpersonal skills and how they can affect your projects and career. We cover how to positively connect with humans, how to participate in and influence the business processes you support, and how to transcend your technical role and maximize your connections with all members of your organization.

Session 2: Organizational Dynamics
This session examines the dynamic nature of large organizations – their structures, decision making processes, and political landscapes. We’ll discuss the goals of key business and technical decision makers and their influence on architects and software projects. We’ll conclude with some strategies for maximizing the soft skills from Session 1 to ensure successful outcomes for your projects and career.


  • A forum for aspiring and practicing architects to discuss industry trends
  • An overview of Microsoft’s roadmap as it relates to software architecture
  • A mechanism to solicit your feedback
  • An opportunity to showcase the work you do!


Architects and Senior Developers who are interested in becoming an architect.


Events are held in 19 cities across Central Region.  To register for this event, please visit


  • Omaha, NE November 4, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • West Des Moines, IA November 6, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Bloomington, IL November 11, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • St. Louis, MO November 12, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Waukesha, WI November 13, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Overland Park, KS November 13, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Knoxville, TN November 17, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Franklin, TN November 18, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Downers Grove, IL November 19, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Dallas, TX November 20, 2008 1:00pm – 3:45 pm
  • Indianapolis, IN November 20, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Minneapolis, MN November 20, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Southfield, MI November 25, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Mason, OH December 2, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Houston, TX December 2, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Independence, OH December 3, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Columbus, OH December 4, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Austin, TX December 4, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am
  • Chicago, IL December 9, 2008 9:00am – 11:45 am

          9:00am – 11:45am 


    This is definitely going to be a great session with content that you’re not going to get anywhere else. Register and report back what you learned!