I am a hands-on software architect with over 30 years experience in the industry, with more than 20 of those years having played the role of an application architect, integration architect, and enterprise architect. I have experience creating and delivering Microservices Architectures, Service-Based Architectures, and Service-Oriented Architectures. I am also a published author, conference speaker, and trainer. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Microservices and Service-based Architectures
  • Service-Oriented Architecture 
  • Application, Integration, and Enterprise Architecture
  • Java Platform and Open Source Technologies
  • Hands-on Pragmatic Software Development / Delivery
  • Iterative and Agile Methodologies / Agile Coaching
  • Architecture Assessment and Roadmap Development
  • Training, Teaching, Coaching, and Mentoring

Latest News

October 3rd, 2017: I am so excited to be rolling out my new 2-day hands-on Software Architecture Fundamentals Deeper Dive workshop through NFJS starting in November in Dallas and Boston. It’s a great follow-up to the 3-day Software Architecture Fundamentals course I teach through NFJS.

September 11th, 2017: I’ll be speaking at the CTO School Meetup here in Boston on Thursday September 14th about the art of problem solving. Hope to see you there!  

May 22nd, 2017: The keynote at Software Design & Developoment (SDD) London was a big hit! What a great group of attendees. Lots of fun talking about Microservices, Reactive Architecture, and problem solving skills!


May 1st, 2017: In addition to my regular job I’ve got quite a training lineup coming up! First is NFJS Architecture Training in Minneapolis (https://www.nofluffjuststuff.com/n/training/schedule), then off to London to speak and keynote at the Software Design & Development Conference (http://sddconf.com/), then doing a 2-day online Microservices training for O’Reilly right afterwards (https://www.safaribooksonline.com/live-training/courses/microservices-architecture-and-design/0636920073475/). After all that back-to-back training you can then catch me at Devops West in June (https://devopswest.techwell.com/).


March 6th, 2017: Reston NFJS architecture training was a success! Next up is Austin architecture training. Registration closes soon, so go to https://www.nofluffjuststuff.com/n/training/schedule to sign up now!     

January 24th, 2017: This will be a great year for training! In addition to the popular 3-day software architecture training I will also be teaching a 2-day enterprise architecture training course through NFJS. You can get more information by going to my Architecture Training page. I also offer a private 1-day Microservices Architecture and Design course.     

© Mark Richards 2017