Masterclass Series: Simplifying Software Architecture4 min readReading Time: 3 minutes
When it comes to building ideal software, architecture forms the base and the backbone for the smooth sailing of any system. Simply put, software architecture is a framework for developers to articulate user expectations and lay down a mutual understanding of the system design before embarking on a software development life cycle. Whether it’s for efficient communication among stakeholders, early design decisions, or implementation constraints, designing simple yet effective architecture is a crucial step in building an organization’s tech stack.
We recently hosted Ajey Gore, Operating Partner – Technology/CTO at Sequoia Capital at Blox.ai to lay down the best principles of simplifying software architecture, decision-making, and long-term software development.
Here are some of the highlights from the session:
1. The right architecture should help the product grow
“Architecture represents the significant design decisions that shape a system,” – Gary Booch, originator of the Unified Modeling Language.
Architecture plays a vital role in shaping the efficiency of any system. Therefore it is essential to evaluate the direct impact it has on all tech systems. In recent times, the complexity of software systems has risen exponentially. And as a result, so has the need for quality software architecture.
It’s important to remember this – the right software architecture is one that helps the product grow.
2. Eliminate complexities
“The biggest cause of failure in a software-intensive system is not technical failures; it’s building the wrong thing“ – Mary Poppendieck
Complexity can be the biggest problem while building software or a product. When companies grow, they’re often faced with the question: “Why is nothing moving? “
The answer to this question lies in simply reducing accidental complexities and refraining from overengineering the software. This only holds up development and hinders productivity as the company grows. Hence, it’s crucial for teams to think about simplifying their software architecture as much as possible
3. Weigh the benefits of building vs buying
Teams should always think about “whether they should ” and not “whether they could.”
Answering the question of whether something should be built is the first step for software developers who are deciding on their architecture. Here’s an easy analogy – software architecture is similar to growing a tree. The process of shaping it is just as meticulous as growing a tree from a sapling.
By making the right one-way decisions, developers will be able to create extremely effective software architecture.
4. Make the right decisions early on
Architecture strategies are all about making the right decisions early on, so that your sapling grows into a tree. But that’s not all, the tree will then continue to grow the many strong roots that form the foundation of its architecture.
About Ajey Gore
Ajey Gore is currently the Operating Partner – Technology/CTO at Sequoia Capital (India & SEA). He comes with 25+ years of experience in building products, software development & design across companies like Thoughtworks, CodeIgnition, Hoppr, and Gojek.
Driven by the desire to give back to the startup community, Ajey joined hands with Sequoia Captial in 2020. He now helps businesses with their tech and product-based challenges and uses the experiences to impart knowledge to other teams.