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Tackling Technical Debt at Meetup

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Aug 24, 2017

Continuous product health can be realized by regularly prioritizing the highest impact technical debt items and knocking those off systemically. You need to continuously iterate how you're tackling technical debt to drive more and more impactful results. Going for maximum impact items first and communicating the impact of paying down technical debt is what Yvette Pasqua, CTO of Meetup, recommends.

Culture & Methods Follow 574 Followers

Better Engineering via Better Discourse

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Jul 20, 2017

Killing opposition with kindness is a real strategy in online discussions; there is power to disarm in acting as if the other party did not intend to be insulting or condescending. Accept that there will be bias in online communication, use facts and reason to deal with it, and practice awareness of bias and attempt to compensate.

Culture & Methods Follow 574 Followers

Bridging the Gap between Legacy Systems and Modern Techniques

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  May 25, 2017

Aging platforms that are managed with manual, time consuming processes can be costly. Teams can make a business case to management based on hours lost by repetitive work or re-work caused by human error for introducing modern techniques like automation tools and containers. The result is a predictable and repeatable process with minimal human interaction to deploy more often and more confidently.

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Fearless Feedback for Software Teams

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  May 18, 2017

Feedback builds trust, increases team cohesion, and helps individuals to improve their skills and grow in their craft. An effective feedback cycle is the best possible tool for improving team performance. With feedback, issues are addressed before they become toxic and mistakes can be course-corrected early on.

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The Economics of Microservices: Phil Calçado Recommends Avoiding ‘Microliths’ at CraftConf

by Daniel Bryant Follow 632 Followers on  May 17, 2017 2

At CraftConf 2017 Phil Calçado presented “The Economics of Microservices”. The key takeaway from the talk: the ‘Inverse Conway Maneuver’ can be a useful tool to shape an application’s architecture during a migration away from a monolith, but this can lead to creating ‘microliths’ unless the ‘transaction cost’ of creating a new service is lowered to below the cost of adding to an existing monolith.

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Automated Acceptance Testing Supports Continuous Delivery

by Ben Linders Follow 20 Followers on  Apr 28, 2017

Automated acceptance tests are an essential component of a continuous delivery style testing strategy, as they give an important and different insight into the behaviour of our systems. Developers must own the responsibility to keep acceptance tests running and passing, argued Dave Farley; you don't want to have a separate QA team lagging behind a development team.

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