DDD Europe 2022 - Program

Sociotechnical Systems Evolution and Architecture


Michael Plöd and Eduardo da Silva

Michael PlödEduardo da Silva

This 2-day workshop is all about unlocking and driving sustainable co-evolution of org and tech based on customer and business value.

Modern organizations are realizing that they must embrace tech as a key enabler of their products, not just as a "cost center" or "factory" as it used to be. This places tech as a central strategic element to implement modern ways of building products that maximize the value exchange with customers and react to the market.

To make this happen however, it is essential to understand the customer and support the sociotechnical systems that build and evolve those tech-enabled products. It is not just the technical system or great product idea, it is about holistically understanding and evolution of the product, teams/organization and technical systems. This understanding and co-design and evolution is what we call sociotechnical architecture.

In this workshop we will explore methods and tools that enable you to understand and evolve your organization’s sociotechnical architecture. The goal is to give you an overview of approaching this complex system evolution.

The workshop has three main parts:

  • we introduce sociotechnical systems evolution and architecture, and why this is key to set your organization for success on delivering tech-enabled products;

  • then we provide you methods and tools to assess and understand your sociotechnical systems evolution and architecture (using techniques such as Strategic DDD Context Maps, Team Topologies and others);

  • finally we provide mechanisms to define an operating model that enables you to continuously sense, understand and evolve your sociotechnical systems evolution and architecture;

About Michael Plöd

INNOQ - FellowTwitter

Michael works as a Fellow for INNOQ in Germany. He has over 15 years of practical consulting experience in software development and architecture. His main areas of interest are currently Domain-driven Design, Microservices and in general Software Architectures. Michael is a regular speaker at national and international conferences.

About Eduardo da Silva

Tech Leader & Sociotechnical Systems ArchitectTwitterLinkedInBlogCompany Website

Eduardo da Silva is Technical Leader and Sociotechnical Systems Architect with a solid academic background (PhD in Computer Science) and hands-on experience on (co-)designing and building software-based products and organizations. He loves the intersection of architecting technical and organizational systems (a.k.a. Sociotechnical Architecture) and how to shape a culture of purposeful evolution in these sociotechnical systems. In his view, this holistic understanding and co-design/evolution is key to maximizing the overall effectiveness and impact of the end product (or system).