2 July 2023
How should you go about building an architecture practice in organisations where people are allowed to say “no”? Ultimately, this becomes an exercise in persuasion, pragmatism, and patience.
26 May 2023
Most internal shared libraries are based on the fallacy that code sharing always makes development more efficient.
13 April 2023
We all agree that engineering enablement is important, but “platform teams” can often be a fig leaf for organisational anti-patterns and overly complex Kubernetes implementations.
2 March 2023
Agile practices on their own are no guarantee of fast flow. You also need a planned architecture that enables team autonomy and supports rapid, iterative delivery.
10 December 2022
When any technology emerges, it can be challenging to chart a course between the unhelpful hype and the disappointment that will certainly follow…
14 November 2022
Internal developer platforms are supposed to be so compelling that engineering teams will flock to them, but are we givng teams any real choice?
3 August 2022
Writing a good unit test suite is hard. Many test suites don’t provide any meaningful benefits, merely serving as an unreliable and unloved extension of the main code base.
12 June 2022
Adopting inner source is more than just a matter of putting a project into GitHub and accepting pull requests.
17 May 2022
Larger organisations are beset with complexity that can’t be fully addressed by autonomous teams focusing on value. At least frameworks like SAFe recognise this and attempt to offer solutions based on experience.
6 February 2022
If we’re serious about empowering engineering teams to make decisions, then we should be embedding architectural skills rather than architects themselves.
10 January 2022
The data mesh is doing for data warehousing what microservices did for solution architecture…
5 December 2021
Orchestration and choreography can complement each other. There doesn’t have to be an exclusive choice between two opposing styles.
28 October 2021
Having experienced technology selections as vendor, consultant, and customer, I have seen how some common mistakes can undermine clear decision making.
3 August 2021
A lean approach suggests that features can be proven in quick prototypes before being implemented “properly”. Alas, things don’t always work out that way…
18 July 2021
“Low code” and “no code” platforms may be perfectly adequate for simple use cases, but they can make complex problems far more difficult to solve…