Open Agile Architecture

Goodea course benefits

  • Unique corse with a lot of practical examples and techniques
  • Trainers use the standard in their daily practise

  • Up-to-date knowledge, examples and case studies.

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Open Agile Architecture (O-AA) is a brand new standard published by The Open Group in the second half of 2020. It contains a lot of useful techniques for agile and digital transformation of the architecture of the organisation.

Compared to other standards it focuses on current needs of architects and offers a number of concrete practical examples.

O-AA combines proven procedures into a coherent and functional unit. In addition to the standard, the course also includes many examples from the practice of our consultants and trainers which we use to explain how we design and control the architecture in an agile organisation.

Practical focus

On top of the content defined by The Open Group consortium we added additional content which shows how to design and manage the architecture in an agile environment.

  • Agile transformation in big corporation utilising Spotify and other agile approaches

  • Transformation of hierarchical organisation into autonomous units – tribes and squads – benefits and risks.

  • Non-agile methodologies integration into agile environment

  • Using customer journeys to understand customer needs and their benefits to architects.

  • Using Value streams, relationship to customer journeys and processes

  • Business capabilities development and evolution with relation to Value streams

  • Agile strategy definition – specifics and differences to standard strategy approaches

  • Real product architecture definition examples and product componentisation

  • Examples on agile software architecture, and event based integration


At the end of the course, it is possible to complete the certification according to the conditions and rules of the The Open Group consortium. Certification demonstrates knowledge of the standard and the ability to apply it in practice.
Being certified may distinguish certificate holders from other architects when applying for jobs and is perceived as  a mark of their focus on continuous education.
The certification exam is delivered as a computer test with 40 questions. Attendees practise sample test questions during the course, answers are immediately evaluated by the trainer and unclear areas are explained again.
The exam cost is 360 USD and is not included in course price.


Course content


  • What agile transformation is and what is the motivation behind
  • Differences between “agile” and real agile transformation
  • Why to combine agile with digital transformation

Architecture design

  • Strategy
  • Enterprise identity and culture
  • Value
  • What Enterprise IS
  • What Enterprise DOES
  • Data and information
  • Artificial intelligence

Intentional and emergent architectures

  • Difference between intentional and emergent architectures
  • Recommended ratio of intentional and emergent architectures
  • Development and detail of the intentional architecture
  • Example

Continuous architecture refactoring

  • What is the architecture refactoring
  • Business reasons for architecture refactoring
  • Tools and techniques for architecture refactoring

Organisational aspects of agile architecture

  • Distribution of responsibilities, autonomous teams
  • Organisational changes
  • Changes to company culture
  • Connecting development with operations using the DevOps
  • Architecture governance in agile organisation
  • Example

Axioms of agile architecture

  • How to use axioms in architecture design
  • Basic 16 axioms

Agile architecture building blocks

  • Overview on building blocks
  • Organisation segmentation
  • Mindset changes

Agile strategy

  • Basic principles for agile strategy
  • How to succeed with agile architecture strategy design

Agile organisation

  • Applying the Inverse Conway Maneuver
  • Autonomy and self-organisation
  • Product teams
  • Platform teams
  • Other types of teams
  • Product manager vs. Product owner
  • Transformation to agile organisational setup
  • Example

Product architecture and experience design

  • product and service
  • product quality
  • Jobs-To-Be-Done technique
  • Product modularity and variants
  • product integration
  • Product platforms
  • Example

Customer journeys and Value streams

  • Customer to Enterprise interactions
  • Moments of truth
  • Value streams and relationship to business processes
  • Value perspective
  • Waste, mura and muri
  • Example

Operations architecture

  • Use of business capabilities and capability planning
  • Supporting technologies
  • Example

Data information and AI

  • Data flows and AI
  • Monolithic and decentralised data models
  • Machine learning as part of agile architecture

Event storming

  • Event storming technique – when to use
  • Principles and types of event storming
  • Notation

Domain-driven design (DDD)

  • DDD basics
  • DDD in agile architecture
  • Domain, bounded context
  • Context maps
  • Patterns
  • Example

Software and hardware architecture

  • Event-driven architecture – loose coupling using event-driven approach
  • Hexagonal architecture – principles and patterns
  • „Non-functional“ requirements
  • Infrastructure as Code – Hardware defined by code
  • Example



Milan Rubeš
Milan RubešEnterprise architect
Milan is Enterprise architecture trainer, consultant and evangelist. He led hundreds of courses with thousands of participants. Milan uses his broad experience to guide companies of different industries to establish and improve their agile architecture capability.



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