Wednesday, September 22, 2021

DevConf.US 2021 - Designing your best architectural diagrams workshop (free online)

devconf us DevConf.US 2021 the 4th annual, free, Red Hat sponsored technology conference for community project and professional contributors to Free and Open Source technologies was a few weeks ago. 

It was a lot of fun to share some of the below workshop experiences with the attendees virtually. Some of the fun I will share here as, believe it or not, I hosted the workshop online from the lovely island of Rhodes, Greece.

Now that the conference is done, I wanted to share the recording and also present the materials so that you can us this workshop as a self-paced experience with everything online. 

Let's take a look at how you can watch the introduction to the workshop, get online in a browser to follow the workshop labs, and use the browser-based diagram tooling to complete each of the workshop labs.


The first step to enjoying this workshop as a self-paced experience would be to watch the just over two minutes video introduction here:

After that you can jump right into the workshop (slides) and work through the labs at your own pace. Below is the title and abstract for this workshop, followed by the workshop slides:

Designing your best architecture diagrams (workshop)

Diagraming is one of the most important communication tools for sharing your project and architectural ideas to your colleagues and teams. In this workshop attendees are walking step-by-step through using an open source tool we host online for designing architecture diagrams like an expert. Attendees work through the following:

  • open and explore the tooling in your favourite web browser
  • explore the provided asset libraries for drag-and-drop designing
  • learn about the three types of diagrams that make up a good design
  • create your first simple logical diagram
  • create your first simple schematic diagram
  • create a detailed diagram
  • how to export diagrams and elements from a diagram
  • design tips and tricks

Each of the individual labs in this workshop are stand alone, allowing the attendee to focus on anything of interest without having to work through the previous labs. If you're looking to become more proficient in sharing your ideas, architectures, and projects visually to wider audiences you can't underestimate the value of a good diagram. Join us to learn the tips and tricks that make a good diagram such a good communication vehicle and how our tooling eases your design tasks.

You can jump to the workshop slides in a separate window instead of walking through them here. There is also a full recordings available from all the talks and workshop on the DevConf.US page, be sure to explore more there of what you might have missed out on.

Hope you enjoyed the live workshop session at DevConf.US 2021 and just for some fun I wanted to share a peek behind the scenes for a speaker hosting virtual events from around the globe: