How often do get to we practice being architects ? Most of the time we get to practice when on a project. Just like an athlete needs to practice prior to a big event, architects should get chance to practice being architects. This is the premise for Ted Neward’s Architectural Katas
Similar to Dave Thomas’ “Code Kata”, Ted Neward has introduced the concept of Architectural Katas – a method to improve architecture craftsmanship. A description of the concept and rules for having a kata is described on Ted Neward’s website. There are katas on the website you can use to practice.
On the website architecture katas are intended as a small group of 3-5 people. In my opinion a group will have a mixture of the architecture disciplines – software,infrastructure,information,etc.