• 12 Mar 2021

    Event Speaking During a Pandemic

    Writing this in early 2021, looking back on the last year or so, it has been a strange time. Particularly for people who are used to speaking at technology industry events, such as conferences, user groups and meetups. The world has had to go virtual, with “to Zoom” becoming a verb, so events have either been cancelled or gone virtual too.

    I only spoke at one event in 2020 (on DevOps adoption at the really good GOTOpia Europe in September – they adapted really well) and I’ve just spoken on API security at ACCU 2021 (again virtually and another step forwards in how to create an online event). They were both good experiences and congratulations are due to both teams for a great job in adapting to the virtual format. Well done!

    I’m sure I’m not the only one looking forward to a face-to-face event or two (the sort with “3D people” as one of my colleagues puts it) later in the year though …

  • 29 Mar 2019

    2019 Events

    So far in 2019, I’ve been lucky enough to speak at O’Reilly Software Architecture New York in February, I’ve given one of the keynote talks at ICSA 2019, in Hamburg, which was a great experience and I’ve run a session on technical debt at SPA in June.

    Unfortunately, due to other travel I needed to do, I couldn’t get to SATURN this year which I’m really disappointed about. Hopefully I can get there next year, but I did speak at JAX London in October and in the same week, I was at the in augural GSAS conference in Barcelona.

    I’ve got a few other Endava events this year, but that’s it for independent public events for 2019. I’m already looking forward to submitting proposals to 2020 events and hopefully meeting many new and old friends at those events!

  • 9 Feb 2019

    Events in 2019

    Having been lucky enough to speak at quite a few events in 2018, I’m now looking ahead to possible events for 2019.

    I’ve already been a speaker at O’Reilly Software Architect New York in early February, and I’ve recently been privileged to accept an invitation to give a keynote talk at the International Conference on Software Architecture (ICSA) in March, which I’m really looking forward to.

    The other talk I have confirmed at present is ACCU in April, which I know will be another great experience, having enjoyed the 2018 event very much.

    Beyond that I’m hoping to be at SATURN and SPA, and we’ll see how the year develops beyond that!

  • 28 Jun 2017

    Upcoming Events

    I’m very pleased to have been selected to present sessions at SPA2017, GOTO CPH, JAX London and O’Reilly Software Architect London during the year. I hope to meet lots of great new people at the events, so if you’re going, please do come and say hello if possible.

  • 8 May 2016

    Home from SATURN 2016

    I’ve just arrived home from SATURN 2016 (having “dropped in” on Endava’s East Coast office in New Jersey on the way home).

    This was the first time I’ve been to SATURN for a long time and I’m very glad I made the trip. The conference this year was in San Diego which, although a long way, was no hardship once there! It was terrifically well organised by Michele Falce and the SEI team and ran very smoothly. Bill Pollak as general chair and Jørn Ølmheim and Amine Chigani as technical co-chairs did a terrific job and produced a rich and varied programme. Beyond the formal programme the hallway conversations allowed me to catch up with many people I’d not seen for quite a while and meet new people too.

    Thanks also to George Fairbanks and Michael Keeling who organised a really interesting “off programme” workshop on container technology. Very instructive to be able to spend a day with some experts understanding this emerging technology!

    Finally, thanks to all who came to my session “Getting Your System to Production and Keeping It There“. For those people who wanted the slides, the SATURN specific ones are on the Events page and a slightly earlier set are on Speaker Deck and Slide Share.

    I’ll try to write a longer post on what I took from the conference in the next week or so.

  • 15 Oct 2015

    Off to China for Software Expert’s Summit

    After GOTO London a few weeks ago and Software Architect this week, I’m off for an adventure next week to speak at IEEE Software Experts Summit in Beijing. A range of editorial board and advisory board members from IEEE Software magazine are giving talks on their vision for the future of software engineering. Perhaps unsurprisingly, as editor of the Pragmatic Architect column, I’m talking about my view of the future of software architecture. Looking forward to it!

  • 5 Oct 2015

    Looking forward to Software Architect 2015

    The Software Architect 2015 conference is next week, so I’m looking forward to speaking there on Web Security and how you defer the Last Responsible Moment. Always a nice friendly event so looking forward to meeting some people from previous years and some new people this year.

  • 14 Sep 2015

    At GOTO London

    The GOTO London organisers got in touch recently and asked if I’d like to speak, which I was delighted to do. So I’m giving a shortened version of my “Getting Your System to Production” talk for them on Friday 18th of September. Hopefully see some friendly faces there.

  • 5 Feb 2015

    DevOps and Continuous Delivery at QCON London

    I was honoured to be asked to be the track host for the DevOps and Continous Delivery track at QCON London this March.

    I’ve been lucky enough to be able to assemble a fantastic group of leaders, thinkers, consultants and practitioners in this area to tell us all how it’s really done!

    And to make sure you get to have your say and ask your questions, there will also be a DevOps and CD Open Space during the day.

    I also have a discount code, so you can save £100 on the ticket price when you book, so you really have no excuse for not being there!  The code is SPEAKWOOD100.

    Look forward to seeing you at QCON!

  • 20 Jan 2015

    A New Chapter

    I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve just joined the European IT services company, Endava, as their CTO.  In this job I’ll be working with clients on technical strategy and working with our delivery organisation to ensure that we have the right tools, technologies, and processes  in place across the firm to deliver great results for our clients.

    I’ve enjoyed the last 10 years of capital markets architecture work, mainly due to the many great people I’ve worked with at UBS, BGI and so BlackRock (who acquired BGI) – thanks to you all, you know who you are. However it was a good time for a change and I’m relishing the challenge of being CTO for a firm as exciting and as accomplished as Endava.

    As part of my new job I hope to be doing a lot more writing, blogging and speaking than I’ve been able to do while working for a highly regulated banking firm, so hopefully this site will get updated a lot more regularly from now on.


  • 4 Jan 2015

    2015 Events

    2015 is now upon us, so I hope you had a good festive season (unless you live in part of the world where you’re about to – have a good one) or don’t at this time of year (enjoy yours when it arrives).

    So given the new year, it’s a good time to consider what lies ahead and in particular I start to plan the industry events that I will be attending, organising and speaking at.

    This year, I hope to be able to participate in a lot more events as I’m just changing jobs to one where (finally) external events will actually be part of the job description.

    Currently I plan to be at:

    If you’ve read this far, hopefully I’ll see you at one of these events or another great event in 2015.

  • 1 Jul 2014

    I’m Now An Editor!

    ieee-software-logoIn a new chapter of my professional career, I have recently become the editor of a column in IEEE Software magazine.

    I must admit that I never saw myself as an editor, so it was quite a surprise to be asked.  And taking over from an editor as accomplished as Frank Buschmann was a little intimidating.  But after asking some trusted colleagues for advice, I decided to commit to it and the first couple of columns have now been published (here and here).  I’m really pleased I took the plunge and hopefully people are enjoying the first couple of articles.

    The column I have taken over from Frank is called the Pragmatic Architect and in it I hope to publish a series of practical, easily digestible articles on topics that will interest working software architects. I plan for this to include introductions to emerging technologies or architecture innovations, lessons learned about software architecture methods and techniques, and personal accounts of real projects and architectures, particularly those where hard lessons were learned.

    So if you’d like to write something for the column or would like to see a particular topic covered, please do contact me and let me know.

  • 21 Mar 2014

    2014 Events

    So I’m doing better than 2013, but this update about my 2014 speaking is still a little late as it’s nearly the end of March.  At least it’s still Q1!

    I think I’ll be at the following events in 2014:

    • IASA UK Chapter – 27th January
    • Unicom EA – 20th March
    • SPA 2014 – 29 June-2 July

    I also hope to be speaking at JAX and Software Architect (in October) but that depends on whether my proposals are successful.  I’ll also be at QCON in March, though won’t be speaking there this year.

    I’ll put the materials from these talks on the Events page when the events are over.

  • 11 Oct 2013

    2013 Speaking Engagements

    It’s a bit late really, as we head into the 4th quarter of the year, but I’ve finally updated the site for the events I’ve spoken at this year.  So not much good for advanced notice (sorry) but a useful record and source of the materials (which I hope is useful to some people).

    I think I’m now done with speaking engagements for 2013, but I’ll post some details when I start to finalise my 2014 speaking engagements.

  • 15 Apr 2012

    2012 Speaking Engagements

    I’ve now just about confirmed all of my 2012 speaking and conference plans …

    • May – St Andrews – accepting an invitation to go and give a seminar on industrial software architecture practice at the University of St Andrews in Fife (Scotland).
    • May – QCON Copenhagen – talking about how you need the breadth skills of a Master Builder to be an effective (software) architect when working with existing systems.
    • June – EAC 2012 – talking about architecture principles at this London based enterprise architecture conference.
    • August – WICSA 2012 – I’ve submitted a few things to WICSA which may or may not get accepted, but I plan to take some holiday time to attend this well known software architecture conference, which is in Helsinki this year.
    • October – Software Architect 2012 – I’m pleased to find that I’ve been accepted to talk at this conference again, on the approaches that software architects need to use when working with legacy system teams.

    I hope I’ll see some friendly faces at these events.  Come and say “hello” if you’re there too.

  • 3 Feb 2011

    Speaking at JAX London 2011

    The German JAX conference is coming back to London for it’s second year in April 2011. Lots of interesting tracks on OSGi, Agile Development, Enterprise Integration, Spring, Java EE, Cloud and other currently hot topics.

    I’m giving a talk on Monday in the Agile track entitled Agile Architecture – How Much is Enough? and one on Thursday in the Enterprise Integration track entitled Integrating Systems with Event Driven Architectures.

    I hope to see you there!

  • 3 Feb 2011

    Speaking at QCON London 2011

    QCON is coming to London again in March 2011:

    I’m giving a talk on unifying software architecture with it’s implementation called Where Did My Architecture Go? Preserving software architecture in its implementation.

    If you’re planning to attend the conference and use registration code WOOD100 when you register, then apparently you get a £100 discount!

  • 23 Jan 2011

    New Site Design

    Welcome to my new web site.  I’ve revamped my old site with a new implementation based on WordPress with a theme designed by Alex Rozanski. Many thanks to Alex for all of his work on the site. It looks much better now and is much easier for me to maintain.

    Let me know if there are any problems with the site or you can’t find anything.

  • 4 Dec 2010

    2011 Events

    I don‘t plan to be at any more industry events this year,
    but I‘m planning to attend a number of events in 2011 (perhaps
    including SPA, WICSA, SA and QCON London). I‘ll post more details here once I‘ve firmed up some plans. The materials from my talks in 2010 are on the Writing page.