12 min

What Software Architects Do That Programmers DON'T Thriving Technologist

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How does being a software architect differ from a typical programmer? In this episode, I share the 10 aspects I've approached software architecture from that I learned over 20 years of doing it.
I was promoted to be a software architect at just 20 years old, and while I was qualified with some aspects of software engineering - I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. Being a great software architect takes a variety of skills that a typical software developer will also benefit from, but are actually essential to software architecture.
Yes, using coding patterns, knowing how to interview as a software architect, and making technology selections are required. But there are also other things that if you don't focus on, can hamper your ability to pursue a software architect role either at your current job, or the next one.
I hope this episode helps you understand that while there is some overlap between a software architect and a programmer, the less "fun" aspects of the job are actually essential to being a really great one.
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Chapter markers / timelinks:
(0:00) Introduction
(0:51) 10 Aspects of Being a Software Architect
(1:03) 1. Zoom In / Zoom Out
(2:17) 2. Domain Sensitive
(3:07) 3. Understand Tradeoffs
(4:02) 4. Selfless Decision Maker
(5:02) 5. Embrace Change
(5:44) 6. Communicative Mastery
(6:26) 7. Infrastructure Aware
(7:40) 8. Strategic Coder
(8:50) 9. Consider Scale
(10:28) 10. Cost Sensitive
(11:49) Episode Groove
Visit me at JaymeEdwards.com
Find me on X as @jaymeedwards
Find me on Instagram as jayme.c.edwards

How does being a software architect differ from a typical programmer? In this episode, I share the 10 aspects I've approached software architecture from that I learned over 20 years of doing it.
I was promoted to be a software architect at just 20 years old, and while I was qualified with some aspects of software engineering - I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. Being a great software architect takes a variety of skills that a typical software developer will also benefit from, but are actually essential to software architecture.
Yes, using coding patterns, knowing how to interview as a software architect, and making technology selections are required. But there are also other things that if you don't focus on, can hamper your ability to pursue a software architect role either at your current job, or the next one.
I hope this episode helps you understand that while there is some overlap between a software architect and a programmer, the less "fun" aspects of the job are actually essential to being a really great one.
Get free access to TechRolepedia here: 
https://jaymeedwards.com/access-techrolepedia/
Download my free Career Guide here: 
https://jaymeedwards.com/developer-career-guide/
Need help with your career? Learn about career coaching:  https://jaymeedwards.com/services/software-development-coaching/
You can also watch this episode on YouTube. 
Chapter markers / timelinks:
(0:00) Introduction
(0:51) 10 Aspects of Being a Software Architect
(1:03) 1. Zoom In / Zoom Out
(2:17) 2. Domain Sensitive
(3:07) 3. Understand Tradeoffs
(4:02) 4. Selfless Decision Maker
(5:02) 5. Embrace Change
(5:44) 6. Communicative Mastery
(6:26) 7. Infrastructure Aware
(7:40) 8. Strategic Coder
(8:50) 9. Consider Scale
(10:28) 10. Cost Sensitive
(11:49) Episode Groove
Visit me at JaymeEdwards.com
Find me on X as @jaymeedwards
Find me on Instagram as jayme.c.edwards

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