IaC and the post-environment world

For about a decade I struggled with the common problem of environments. You usually start off with some well-meaning attempt at a simple layout, with development, integration, staging and live. Which feels fine, until you realise your company has different release cycles for software and data. So you split up »

Too much in flight

In a Scrum context, multitasking is bad. Teams who follow Kanban will be familiar with this concept, as that process invites you to explicitly set your lane limits up front - only 3 things in progress, only 2 things awaiting product owner review, only 7 tickets waiting for release, and »

Services in the Monolith

It's become accepted that microservices, when done right, are a Good Thing - helping you keep your responsibilities nicely separated, easily share functionality between applications, and scale in a granular fashion where only the hot spots are spread across a multitude of servers. It's less commonly accepted, but even more »

Cloud, PaaS, solution size and lock-in

I have a bit of a counter-intuitive opinion on cloud services and the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) world. For me, something like AWS isn't about "big". Yes, I know plenty of companies use elastic scaling to run huge, demand-based infrastructures along the Netflix model. But for rest of us, we're not building »