Crafted Design Workshop

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Pirelli Institute

viale Fulvio Testi 223

20162 Milano


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Milan, 28th February - 1st March 2019. Trainer: Sandro Mancuso.

Course Abstract

Crafted Design is for experienced developers who want to get better at designing well-crafted solutions.
This training addresses design from the most micro level (via TDD) all the way up to defining microservices by analsying business requirements.
After the workshop you'll be able to design software that is responsive to changing requirements and new functionalities, avoiding some of the pitfalls that lead to legacy code.


Day 1

  • Write tests focused on behaviour instead of state
  • Emergent design through classicist TDD
  • SOLID principles
  • BAP - Balanced Abstraction Principle
  • Use TDD as a design tool with Outside-In TDD
  • Tell, Don't Ask
  • Commands, Queries, and Open/Close Principle compliance.

Day 2

  • Principles of Domain-Driven Design
  • IDD - Interaction-Driven Design
  • Structure projects in a way that expresses what the application does and what it is about
  • Differences between layers, hexagons, features, and components
  • Modeling behaviour using Outside-In Design
  • Identifying services from business rules
  • Express design and architecture in code, but keeping your domain clear
  • Understanding Impact Mapping and how a services architecture can be derived from it.

What will you learn in this course?

  • Learn design techniques applied in successful projects
  • Use TDD as a design tool, learning about the two main TDD styles (Classicist and Outside-In) and how they differ when driving the design of your code
  • Drive out a flexible design at different levels, from details of code all the way up to microservices
  • Build software that is not bound to a specific technology or framework by keeping them at the boundaries of your system
  • Express your business domain in every facet of your application, not just methods and classes
  • Keep your design clean as your application grows and requirements change
  • Let your architecture emerge, rather than designing a rigid and unchangeable structure up-front
  • Learn how to derive a microservices architecture from business requirements and bounded contexts
  • Learn how to model behaviour intsead of state keeping your design more aligned to business goals.

Expect to get your hands dirty

Here's what you can expect to be doing during this highly interactive advanced hands-on workshop:

The first day is dedicated to software design at coding level. You'll be working in pairs on two large exercises, using different TDD styles and comparing their solutions.
Throughout the day there will be plenty of moments for design discussions around the exercises and real world scenarios.

The second day is dedicated to software design at application level (internal structure, layers, components, delivery mechanism, core domain) and also at microservices level using business requirements to drive their design (such as define the responsibility of each service, how services collaborate, their internal and external visibility, number of services we need to create, etc).
You will be working in groups of 4 and come up with design solutions that later are shared with the wider group. Many design discussions during exercises will focus on real world scenarios.

Target audience

Crafted Design is an advanced workshop aimed at software developers who:

  • Have at least a couple of years of experience developing software commercially
  • Are familiar with at least one Object-Oriented Programming language (such as Java, C#, or C++)
  • Are comfortable using TDD to build software
  • Understand mock objects and know how to use a mocking library
  • Have a general understanding of different architectural styles, including microservices.


Tools & Laptop: Should I take my laptop with me?

Entry requirements: Is there anything I need to do before the workshop?Please set up the environment on your machine according to these instructionsIn order to be able to attend and fully benefit from this workshop, you're required to:

  • Bring your own laptop
  • Be using TDD regularly in your projects. If you are not very proficient with TDD, you may struggle during the first day of this training. This course is NOT an introduction to TDD
  • Be able to create projects, tests, and code and run them in your local environment.

In addition, a distributed version control system such as Git is desirable.

A basic/intermediate knowledge of at least one Object-Oriented language would be beneficial.

Teaching language: What language will this workshop be in?
This course will be taught in English.

About the workshop

Language: The workshop will be held in English.
Time: from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm each day.
Venue: Pirelli Institute, Fulvio Testi, 223, 20162, Milan (find out how to get to the Pirelli Institute here).
Laptop: Yes, see above for further instructions.
Dress code: Informal.
Included in the price: Two coffee breaks and lunch with the trainer and the other attendees are also included in this ticket... because networking matters :-)

How to get to Milan?

You can get to Milan City Centre by flying in to one of these three airports: Linate, Malpensa, and Bergamo Orio al Serio. Not bad, isn’t it? :-)

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Sandro Mancuso


Istituto Piero Pirelli, viale Fulvio Testi 223, Milan. Find out more on how to get to Milan and on our venue at this link.


Each day will start at 9.30am and finish at 5.30pm.

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viale Fulvio Testi 223

20162 Milano


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