Prof. David West

Prof. David West

Author of “Object Thinking”



Dave West began his computing career as a Computer Operator / Programmer in 1968 — the same year that “Software Engineering” became a profession. He has participated in every movement and revolution in computing since then, including: structured development, databases- and data-driven development, object development, agile development, patterns, domain-driven design, and design thinking. He pursued simultaneous careers as a professional developer and academic. Today he provides mentoring, training, coaching, and consulting services to teams and organizations seeking transformative change.


The Past (1968) and Future of Domain (driven) Design

The state-of-the-practice for software development in 1968 was 'Domain-driven Design'. Then "Software Engineering" happened and we lost our way. Academia insisted on telling practitioners how they should do their jobs. Numerous practitioner led 'revolts" — including Eric Evans' DDD — attempted to escape the shackles of formalism and put us back on track; but with very limited success. This talk will discuss the specifics of what went wrong and provide concrete recommendations on how to make things right.


Living System Design

Sixty years of software engineering has taught us a lot about designing and deploying deterministic systems (e.g. the Internet infrastructure) but almost nothing about designing and developing complex adaptive (living) systems (e.g. the Web). The software profession is ill prepared to meet the challenges presented by living and ultra-large scale systems. But, it is precisely that kind of system we are increasingly tasked to design and build. This workshop provides a framework for a discipline of “living system design” that includes essential concepts, fundamental principles, proven practices, and focused techniques for comprehending, designing, and developing living systems.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding and Modeling Systems — natural, artificial, deterministic, complex.
  • “Wicked Problems” and other challenges of living systems design
  • Design Thinking — from Brooks and Simon to Ehn, Ritter, and Alexander
  • Modeling systems and domains
  • Designing solutions with objects and micro-services
  • Effective development processes
  • Challenges for developers, teams, and organizations

Mel Conway

Inventor, Educator, Author of “Conway's Law”

Eric Evans

Author of “Domain-Driven Design”

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock

Responsibility-Driven Design

Udi Dahan

Founder of NServiceBus

Prof. David West

Author of “Object Thinking”

Jimmy Nilsson

Author of “Applying DDD & Patterns”

Weronika Łabaj


Debasish Ghosh

Functional and Algebraic Domain Modeling

Nick Tune

Co-author of “Patterns, Principles and Practices of DDD”

Greg Young

Creator of CQRS

Alberto Brandolini

Inventor of “EventStorming”

Felienne Hermans

Author of "Grokking Computational Logic"

Andra Sonea

Solutions Architect, Financial Services

Ken Power

Complexity Navigator

Jérémie Chassaing

Software Gardener

Scott Wlaschin

Creator of

Avraham Poupko

Technical leader

Edwin van Wijk

Software Architect

Romeu Moura

Reasoned Schemer

Marijn Huizendveld

Nerd in a suit

Stijn Volders


Robert Smallshire

Modeller of domains, systems and processes

Mathias Verraes

Student of Systems

Michel Grootjans


Yves Lorphelin

Loves Chaos & Failures

Arnaud Bailly

Event Sourcing, Functionally

Paul Rayner

Leading DDD and BDD practitioner

Nicole Rauch

Software Developer and Development Coach

Thomas Ploch

Infinite State Machine

Cyrille Martraire

Deliberate Designer

Thomas Coopman


Yves Reynhout

The Journeylist

Oana Juncu

Agile Business DJ

Allard Buijze

Pragmatic modeller, creator of AxonFramework

Vaughn Vernon

Author, consultant, trainer


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