Tech Lead Digest #107: What is a Solutions Architect (and how can you become one)?

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What is a Solutions Architect (and how can you become one)?

If you’re familiar with career options in software engineering, you’ve come across the role of Solutions Architect. The role often links with experience, defining itself as a creative, visionary role. It is one that understands, defines, and manages technical solutions to business challenges. But what exactly does a Solutions Architect do day-to-day, and how can you work towards becoming one?

How management by metrics leads us astray

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First rule of the team: Size

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