Achieving Cloud-Native Operability

by Ben Linders on  Oct 13, 2016

To drive operational maturity you need a microservices architecture, continuous delivery process, DevOps culture and platform automation. Together these four help you to transform your whole organization for achieving cloud-native operability to continuously deliver additional value to your customers.

Don't Copy the Spotify Model

by Ben Linders on  Oct 06, 2016 5

The Spotify model can help you to understand how things are done at Spotify, but you shouldn’t copy it in your own organization. It changes all the time as people at Spotify learn and discover new things. There is no one way in which software is developed at Spotify.

Behaviour-Driven Development Anti-Patterns

by Jan Stenberg on  Sep 30, 2016 1

Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) can help in improving how business stakeholders and software developers communicate with each other, but there are some common anti-patterns when using Cucumber to run the automated tests, which Aslak Hellesøy, Matt Wynne and Steve Tooke described in a recent discussion.

How Agile and Architecture Parted and Finally Became Friends

by Ben Linders on  Sep 13, 2016

People stopped seeing the need to define the architecture or do software design due to incorrect interpretation of the agile manifesto, argued Simon Brown. Many software developers don’t seem to have a sufficient toolbox of practices and the software industry lacks a common vocabulary for architecture. A good architecture enables agility with just enough up front design to create firm foundations.

Experiences with Behaviour-Driven Development

by Jan Stenberg on  Sep 09, 2016 1

Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) recognizes that software development is fundamental to businesses of today and helps to improve how business stakeholders and software developers communicate with each other, Kevin Smith claims in a recent blog post about his experiences working with BDD.

Benefits of Agile Transformation at Barclays

by Ben Linders on  Sep 08, 2016

Increased throughput, reduced code complexity, less production incidents, shorter deployment cycles and higher happiness in teams; these are some of the benefits that the agile transformation at Barclays has delivered. Within the first year of the transformation, which is based on Disciplined Agile, more than 800 teams adopted agile making this one of the largest agile implementations.

Data is the Hard Part Working with Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 28, 2016 2

One of the hardest problem when creating and developing microservices for an enterprise is their data. Analysing the business domain using Domain-Driven Design (DDD) and reason about what your data represents will help in achieving a microservices architecture, Christian Posta claims in one of a series of blog posts about microservices implementations.

Vaughn Vernon on Microservices and Domain-Driven Design

by Jan Stenberg on  Jul 31, 2016

Although a monolith can be modeled in a respectable way, often they are turned into a big ball of mud. This is caused by multiple domain models becoming entangled within the monolith, and in Vaughn Vernon's experience this can happen within a few weeks or months, he claimed in a presentation at the Scala Days conference earlier this year.

C++17 Feature List is Now Complete, Enters Review

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 06, 2016

During the last meeting in Oulu, Finland, the ISO C++ committee completed the definition of the C++17 feature list. At the meeting, a number of new language and library features were approved, including constexpr if, template , structured bindings, and others.

Experiences Using Event Storming

by Jan Stenberg on  Jun 30, 2016

In the context of Domain-Driven Design (DDD), Event Storming is incredibly useful and valuable, Dan North claimed in his presentation at the recent DDD eXchange conference in London, explaining the basic mechanics of Event Storming and sharing his experiences from modelling different systems during the last few years.

Eric Evans: Is Domain-Driven Design Beneficial for Software Development?

by Jan Stenberg on  Jun 16, 2016 1

The last couple of years the interest in Domain-Driven Design (DDD) has increased, Eric Evans noted in his keynote at the recent DDD eXchange conference in London. He thinks that we are in a time when developers care more about design, partially because we are working more with distributed systems where models have a higher value.

Working with Domain Experts in a DDD World

by Jan Stenberg on  May 31, 2016

Conversations with domain experts and the language used are central in Domain-Driven Design (DDD), but often this is hard because we don’t speak the same language, explained Cyrille Martraire in his presentation at the Domain-Driven Design Europe conference earlier this year when sharing his experiences working with domain experts in DDD-driven environments.

Vaughn Vernon: Challenges in Software Development of Today

by Jan Stenberg on  May 21, 2016

Projects and development teams are struggling with poorly designed systems, with many developers dedicated to patching systems just to keep them alive. Largely the software development culture is broken, Vaughn Vernon claimed in his presentation at the Domain-Driven Design Europe conference earlier this year, talking about problems he has encountered but also about solutions to these problems.

Using Domain-Driven Design When Creating Microservices

by Jan Stenberg on  Feb 16, 2016

Microservices and Domain-Driven Design (DDD) are not only about Bounded contexts, although a fundamental tool for defining granularity of microservices there are other important concepts as well. Correspondingly DDD is just not about entities and repositories, Michael Plöd claimed in his presentation at the recent microXchg conference in Berlin showing how DDD can be used creating microservices.

“It’s Not Just Microservices”: Fred George Discusses Technology, Process and Organisation Inhibitors

by Daniel Bryant on  Feb 14, 2016

At the microXchg 2016 conference, Fred George presented “It’s Not Just Microservices”, and argued that microservices can enable an organisation to ‘go faster’ and rapidly deliver business value. However, the implementation of microservices alone will not lead to success, and inhibitors to increasing business agility within the context of technology, process and the organisation must be removed.

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