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Nominations Sought for 2019 Northrop Software Architecture Award

Nominations Sought for 2019 Northrop Software Architecture Award

February 6, 2019—The nomination period for the Software Engineering Institute's Linda M. Northrop Software Architecture Award is now open. This honor recognizes an individual or team that has used software architecture to significantly improve practices or outcomes, or both, in an organization or in the software-development community. The award will be presented at the 2019 SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) Conference, which will be held May 6 through 9 in Pittsburgh. Nomination deadline is March 15.

The winning entry will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Success through Architecture. Significant, influential use of architecture as a critical factor in the successful launch of a product or system.
  • Leadership. Motivating others in an organization or in the community to adopt an innovative software architecture practice.
  • Persistent Change. Product or innovative software architecture practice that produced a persistent change in behavior and results.
  • Perspective. Emergence of a new or different perspective on software architecture.

Winners will receive free admission to SATURN, and the conference will cover travel and lodging expenses. The winners will also present their experiences and insights in an invited talk at SATURN.

The award is named for Linda M. Northrop, an SEI Fellow who led the SEI program that was instrumental in the creation and development of the field of software engineering known as software architecture. SEI software architecture methods are today in wide use throughout the world, documented in a series of highly acclaimed books and disseminated by means of a software architecture curriculum and certificate programs. To date, more than 20,000 people from more than 1,800 organizations have attended courses in the SEI Software Architecture Curriculum, and more than 2,500 people have earned software-architecture-related certificates.

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