I only recently noticed a four-part series of MSFT webcasts focused on aspiring architects, hosted by Mohammad Akif and Dave Remmer. I found these links after visiting the blog of Hanu Kommalapati, an MSFT architect evangelist. He links to the aspiring architects webcasts himself, as well as Mohammad’s blog.
Here are links to the webcasts, as well as some high-level notes on the various topics discussed.
Note: you may think that these webcasts would focus on architecture from the MSFT perspective, but really the presenters do a great job of staying mostly agnostic to technology and platform.
What is architecture?
Why worry about architecture?
Types of architecture?
Types of architects?
What does an architect do?
Experience level for an architect?
What are architects expected to know?
Governance challenges and solutions strategies
How to be an effective architect
Rational Unified Process (RUP)
Solution types (e.g. rich clients, n-tiered, web-based, SOA)
Solution construction models
Service oriented architecture (SOA)
SOA maturity models
Skills of an architect
Things to develop
Strategy for infrastructure architects
Strategy for solution architects
Process and tactics
How to be effective
Activities and experiences
Will you feel empowered to confidently act as an architect after watching these webcasts? Maybe not. Will you get a good, high-level overview of what it means to be an architect, along with tips on making the transition from a developer/IT professional to an architect role? You bet!
I hope this helps!