Architecture Clinic

picture of Michael Montgomery Michael 'Monty' Montgomery
IDesign Architect

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The Architecture Clinic instructs how to quickly, effectively, and correctly create high-quality system architectures using the IDesign Method, along with obtaining practical experience through a comprehensive hands-on approach. The clinic combines elements of instruction and guidance, teamwork, peer-critiqued, and an IDesign Master architect review, which allows participants to depart not only with the architecture and design diagrams for their particular system, but also with expertise that would otherwise take years of on-the-job-experience to obtain, covering both architecture and soft skills.

The Architecture Clinic is designed to guide and accelerate your exposure to the practices of modern software design. It is a 5 day highly interactive event where you will learn, improve, and exercise software architecture skills, all based on the IDesign Method – a breakthrough, battle-proven approach to software architecture that has shown up to 80% reduction in the effort and time required for architecting, designing, and implementing software solutions. Through its application, it produces an easy-to-follow blueprint for the construction of a software system, while covering all the important aspects involved.

During the Clinic, you will architect several systems, most of them based on real-world problems brought in by the Clinic’s participants (and you may offer a system for the team to work on as well, which could be a nice side benefit). Through guided practice, you will exercise the IDesign Method and become proficient at it - the Clinic will be run by an IDesign Master Architect who will teach you the thought process and the rationale behind the design decisions. Along the way we will walk you through the steps of the IDesign Method, share insight, inform best practices, and also help develop the “soft skills” that are so important to success such as customer interview and design review presentation. In normal day-to-day work, this type of knowledge and insight can take many years to attain. The Clinic will shorten your learning curve through our years of deep industry experience, and provide a perfect forum for focused, high caliber discussions and mentorship.

The clinic starts with a thorough presentation of the IDesign Method, after which the first system is presented. The attendees are divided into teams; each analyzes and architects the system. Then, the Master Architect will critic or approve each team's design as well as present the school's solution. For the subsequent systems design, all teams are reshuffled, so that no team is ever the same. This helps train architects to focus and communicate, and work efficiently and effectively with other architects.

But the clinic is not just about architecture. A good design is only good if you were able to build it. The clinic bridges the crucial gap between the design and the development process in the last day. You will see how to derive and design a project plan out of your architecture, how to design against the critical path of integration, how to identify potential problem in the plan that may necessitate changes to the design, and how to estimate the cost and schedule of constructing your architecture, to enable educated decisions further on.

Clinic Alumni refer to it as a "career changing event" since "finally, the blinders are off", and they can confidently architect correctly any system they encounter and execute that design.


A combination of presentation and a lot of hands-on practice.


Michael ‘Monty’ Montgomery is a master architect with IDesign, focusing on distributed systems, enterprise system architecture, SOA and mentorship. Monty has over 20 years of software-engineering experience across a broad spectrum of market segments including real-time control systems, scientific applications and healthcare. Monty’s passion is energizing organizations to successfully deliver sustainable innovation through the expert application of modern process, practice, and technology. Through this pursuit, Monty has operated as the chief software architect of a large corporation, managed, mentored and trained countless teams and led several effective architecture revolutions. Monty offers unique insight and experience with the IDesign’s original methodologies and techniques and has successfully employed them with numerous systems. Monty has written many articles on architecture sharing his unique From the Field perspective. Monty speaks regularly at .NET, IASA and industry related events around the US.


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Date & Location

December 1-5, 2014 (Five days)

Belgium (Elewijt)

Target Audience

Any .NET architect, project lead or senior developer would benefit greatly from the clinic. In doubt if you will benefit from this unique training class? Have a look at some of the testimonials!


The cost for this intensive 5 day Master Class is 3100,- euro (taxes not included). This price includes your participation to the Master Class, coffee/tea, lunch and the printed materials presented during the Master Class.

Register before August 1, 2014 for this Architecture Clinic and pay 2850,- euro.

Payment in advance is required to book your seat for the seminar. Limited places available: first come, first served. Registration is only complete and will be confirmed after payment. Transfer the total amount of your fees by bank transfer to the international IBAN account of Sparkles: BE45 0016 4930 9689 (BIC code: GEBABEBB).

Cancellation is possible up to 3 weeks before the seminar - if received in writing. In this case, 25% of the total amount is charged for administration. Otherwise, the full registration fee is due, regardless of the reason of cancellation. Replacement is possible at no extra charge.

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