Domain-Driven Design Modelling Workshop

Domain-Driven Design Modelling Workshop

The right perspective on enterprise architecture

Course abstract

Large scale software development projects often fail to deliver the expected value.
Release after release, the resulting stack becomes unsafe and harder to change. 
Even worse, the fragility of the existing system pollutes the ecosystem: relevant business requests might be procrastinated due to lack of safety, while good developers might be tempted to leave.

Domain-Driven Design attacks these problems from the source, by promoting a tighter alignment between business stakeholders and software practitioners, and a different approach for critical software development.

About the workshop

In an intense and interactive three days workshop, we’ll discover new ways to:

  • collaborate with stakeholders,
  • develop software,
  • design robust, flexible and performing architectures, finding the sweet spot between strategy and implementation.


Day 1 – A different game

Domain Driven Design at the state of the art.
What matters now and why.
A different approach to software development: a new mindset makes DDD a perfect match for critical projects.

Exploring large and complex domain with Big Picture EventStorming.
See and touch how different subdomains cooperate and how a business-driven structure for the software infrastructure spontaneously emerge from stakeholders collaboration.

Strategic DDD: the big picture.
Where and when we should approach a complex software development process with Domain-Driven Design. Core Domain, Supporting e Generic Subdomains. Strategic Distillation.

Core Domain Strategies: managing collaboration between developers and other key stakeholders.
Debunking myths about the Domain Expert. DDD as an approach to software development process: ubiquitous language and Whirlpool model. How DDD meets Agile, Lean and Theory of Constraints.

Day 2 – System dynamics.

Discovery of the system’s behavioural model.
Using Design-Level EventStorming to model critical processes and understand stakeholders needs and motivation.

Managing Bounded Contexts: how to make multiple models co-evolve and cooperate, without trade-offs that we’ll one day regret.

Brownfield Context Mapping: how to quickly read the implementation scenario, and how to choose the best strategies to lead implementation. Context Mapping Patterns. Reading organisations structures and limitations.

Greenfield Context Mapping: strategies to manage models of growing complexity. Why, when and how to split our models. The three archetypes and their implementing patterns.

Day 3 – Architecture & software

Which architectures for DDD?
Different implementation approaches: DDD by-the-book, Hexagonal (AKA ports and adapters), Event Sourcing and CQRS. How does it match with current software architecture paradigms?

Aggregate emersion.
Evolution of different implementation strategies since 2004. Which are the best strategies given our current technology stack?

Event Driven Modelling: modelling a complex architecture outside-in.
Patterns for discovery and modelling of a Domain Events based system.

Modelling our way out of the legacy: how common flaws in past approaches to modelling paved the way to repeatable strategies for large system refractoriness in the sweet spot.

Q & A: topic marketplace on the hottest topics, managed in a Kanban fashion.

Target audience

The class progressively shifts from general purpose into technical topics.

  • Software Architect
  • Software Developer
  • Analyst
  • PM
  • CTO


Tools & Laptop: Do I need my laptop?
Yes, you will need your laptop to attend this workshop.

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

How our tickets work


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Alberto Brandolini

EventStorming Creatorauthor of Introducing EventStorming - An act of deliberate collective learning and Founder of Avanscoperta, Alberto Brandolini is a 360° consultant in the Information Technology field.

Asserting that problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that originated them, Alberto switches perspective frequently assuming the architect, mentor, coach, manager or developer point of view.

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, Viale Fulvio Testi, 223, 20162, Milan (find out how to get to the Pirelli Institute here).
Laptop: Yes.
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? :-)

Check our Venue & Location Info Page and get it sorted! With plenty of handy information on accommodation, travel options, where to find the training venue, and much more!

Not enough? Drop us a line at info@avanscoperta.it.


The workshop is subject to the confirmation of a minimum number of registered attendees. We’ll be sending a confirmation email to all registered attendees no later than one month prior to the workshop start date.

Questions? Drop us a line at info@avanscoperta.it.

Istituto Piero Pirelli - Venue and Directions

Learn more

Check out the blog post from Andrea Vallotti who attended our 3-day Workshop: Strategic Domani-Driven Design.

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