Ghent Workshop: Experiencing Domain-Driven Design

Three day intensive workshop for developers, January 21-23 2015, in Ghent, Belgium.

Published on 28 August 2014 by @mathiasverraes

Model Storming

Software design can have a very slow feedback loop: by the time you find out if the architectural and design decisions you made were the right ones, it may be too late for drastic changes. As developers, we tend to phrase all problems as technical problems, which can be sufficiently challenging in their own right. We tend to lose sight of the underlying business concerns.

Domain-Driven Design is total approach to building software for complex domains. It’s a way of thinking that helps you decide how to tackle complexity, and where to focus your efforts. By putting the business at the heart of our software, and keeping our domain model closely tied to our understanding of the business, we can create value at a much deeper level.

In this workshop, we’ll explore this central premise of Domain-Driven Design. We’ll take a practical approach: participants will be working on real-world problems. There will be no easy answers. Instead, you’ll learn how to ask the right questions, and how to evaluate different models.

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” - Aristotle


No more than 15 participants are accepted. By keeping the group small, everyone’s questions can properly be addressed. Lunch, snacks, and drinks are included.


“I spent three days immersed in the Domain-Driven Design world with Mathias. It was a great experience where I learned a lot about DDD. Mathias created an environment where we could interact all together experimenting with DDD. Furthermore Mathias adapted the workshop content dynamically to our needs and our concerns. It is a recommended experience!”

– Jordi Llonch, Technical Lead, Akamon Entertainment (Spain)

“Mathias made Domain-Driven Design very real and practical. He managed to find a good balance between practical workshop, theory, and sharing experiences. This workshop really gave me the keys to use DDD in our projects and showed me new perspectives like Event Sourcing. It is definitely a must have complement to the usual books by Eric Evans and Vaughn Vernon. I would definitely recommend this workshop to any developer or architect who is keen to learn a different way to model software.”

– Sébastien Abras, Senior Software Architect, EVS Broadcast (Belgium)

“Event Storming is truly valuable, also as an exercise. I found the patterns to separate domains and their relations very interesting. (…) I’ve discovered that DDD has many patterns and strategies that we seem to have lost. It is essential knowledge for every developer, from junior to architect. For more experienced developers (and business architects), the Strategic Domain-Driven Design workshop gives theory and experience to better deal with (business) domains, relations, Bounded Contexts, and how to map systems. Must attend!” (translated from Dutch)

– Marc Van Andel, Integration Specialist / Software Architect Java, Kadaster (Netherlands)

About the instructor

Mathias Verraes is a recovering music composer turned programmer, consultant, blogger, speaker, and trainer. He advises companies on how to build enterprise web applications for complex business domains. For some weird reason, he enjoys working on large legacy projects: the kind where there’s half a million lines of spaghetti code, and nobody knows how to get the codebase under control. He’s the founder of the Domain-Driven Design Belgium community. When he’s not working, he’s at home in Kortrijk, Belgium, helping his two sons build crazy Lego train tracks.

Intended Audience

You are a Software Developer with some years of experience in working with complex domains.

Participant Requirements


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