Domain-Driven Analysis: Quickly Getting to Grips with a New Domain

When joining a new company or working with a new client, you need to build up an understanding of how the business works and the complexities of the existing system in order to answer questions such as:

  • How can you enrich your customer experience?
  • How can you better align your system with the needs of the business?

You'll be talking to lots of people, reading lots of documentation, and your challenge is how to start making sense of it all and start contributing. You will benefit greatly from having a diverse toolbox of analysis techniques to:

  • build a shared understanding of the current system with colleagues and domain experts.
  • find gaps and fix problems with the customer experience evolve the system to meet the changing needs of customers and business stakeholders.

If you're new to Domain-Driven Design or you have a limited analysis toolbox, this workshop will teach you a few remote-friendly techniques and principles that you will be able to apply immediately to start learning domains faster.

Domain-Driven Analysis is a loosely-structured way of understanding the current system so you can start reasoning about how the system can be evolved to better satisfy your customers' needs.

What you'll learn:

Event Storming is sometimes assumed to be the only DDD way to do analysis, but in this workshop you'll learn four other visual collaboration and modeling techniques, each bringing different insights:

You'll also learn heuristics on what techniques to use when. Then, if you run into issues, you'll learn how to adapt by mixing and matching these techniques to solve problems.

You'll work as a group to use these different techniques in a real problem space and exercise your visual collaborative brain muscles to reason about the problem.

Once you learn these ways, you could potentially combine all of these methods and come up with your own unique way of doing Domain-Driven Analysis, even in a fully remote environment in this Covid era.

Who should attend:

  • Product and engineering people who need to learn a new domain quickly
  • Developer / team lead / architect wondering how to introduce visual modeling techniques and DDD to your team
  • Anyone involved in build vs buy vs outsource decisions
  • Consultants who regularly work with new clients and need to learn their domains quickly

If you're an expert facilitator of visual collaboration techniques like Eventstorming and are comfortable introducing it to your teams, this workshop is probably NOT for you.


Indu Alagarsamy

Principal Engineer @NYTimes with 15 years of Software Development Experience

Indu enjoys designing distributed systems using event-driven architecture style and domain-driven design principles. She has over 15 years of software development experience working with various industries like healthcare, finance, biotech, and emergency services. She is currently a Principal Engineer at the New York Times. She is passionate about diversity and inclusiveness in the tech industry. When not working, she's an occasional rock climber, who loves to chill in sunny Southern California with her giant puppy.

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Thursday Oct 5 / 09:00AM PDT ( 7 hours )




Level beginner to intermediate



  • Your Laptop. 
  • We will be using Figjam. Figjam is a whiteboard tool similar to Miro for collaboration. A Figjam account is NOT needed. The advantage of using Figjam is that when you complete this workshop and return to the real world of working remotely, you can continue using the templates and the format instead of the post-it notes that may be lost forever in the workshop. We will also be collaborating using sticky notes and flip charts. 
  • Previous knowledge of DDD is NOT required
  • Experience using visual collaboration techniques is NOT required