09 Nov 2016
Configure your lambdas with different values in each deployment environment with a context-wrapper class that uses naming conventions to store config in DynamoDB and fetch & cache it at request handler startup
17 Jul 2016
Enable reuse of common client code across microservices by publishing a courtesy client for your service for other applications to use. Includes sample application for Dropwizard services written in Java.
13 May 2016
Treating an organisation as a distributed system, apply CAP theorem to identify a choice between autonomy of decision making and uniformity of results.
16 Feb 2016
Stick a sensor in it, add wifi to it, gather all the data and show a fancy graph on the iPhone. Now you can micromanage your entire life, but what does it cost?
22 Jan 2016
Some common antipatterns observed from recruitment messages on LinkedIn - what not to send and how to make your message more likely to be considered.
02 Oct 2015
Add metrics and stats collection to your system to enable making decisions about change with real data and not just best guesses or suppositions. Build graphs that show you how the system really runs from an operational and business perspective.
25 Apr 2015
Getting the lay of the land - who to talk to and what to ask when you start into a project that is currently underway
13 Mar 2015
Conference sessions from the third day of QCon in 2015. Talks from Roy Rapoport, Dan North, Phil Wills, Todd L. Montgomery, Phil Calçado, Yoni Goldberg and Michael Brunton-Spall
09 Mar 2015
Conference sessions from the second day of QCon in 2015. Talks from John Wilkes, David Pollack, Jessie Frazelle, Colin Humphreys and Paula Kennedy, Peter Lawrey, Torben Hoffman
04 Mar 2015
Conference sessions from the first day of QCon in 2015. Talks from Rebecca Parsons, Peter Pilgrim, Adam Tornhill, Colin Garlick, Rachel Laycock, Mike Pearce and Betty Enyonam Kumahor
02 Mar 2015
Despite being the trigger for people to reply 'Consultants, eh?' in many cases it's the shortest correct answer you can get. This is your cue to listen up for the nuances.
25 Feb 2015
Progress on 2014's Reading List and thoughts for next books to read.
25 Feb 2015
Squash your local history of work-in-progress commits into a single commit of a working feature to keep history clean across a shared codebase
04 Dec 2014
Manage microservice components and enhance monitoring by using DropWizard health checks to report on the health of your applications.
09 Apr 2014
Antipatterns in agile practices and some discussion of means to address them. Taken from my section at the BelTech2014 Agile Masterclass tutorial.
15 Mar 2014
The first day of QCon London 2014 with opening keynote from Damian Conway, talks from Daniel Schauenberg, Damon Edwards, Graham Steel, Dave Farley, Michael Nygard, Ola Ellnestam, and closing keynote from Tim Bray
27 Jan 2014
My current reading list for the year. I aim to update this post with tl;dr reviews when I'm finished with each book.
15 Jan 2014
A novel about IT operations, devops and business transformation.
21 Nov 2013
Starting to implement the Kanban approach is easy as the focus is on evolutionary change. Beginning with your kanban board, start to embrace the practices and principles.
20 Nov 2013
The Kanban Method is a lot more than just cards on a notice board. Using the principles of Kanban you can evolve your current process into a process of continuous improvement.
06 Nov 2013
My thoughts on System Thinking and Statistical Process Control applied in software development after reading W. Edward Deming's book
12 Aug 2013
The ideal testing pyramid versus the testing ice-cream cone
30 Jun 2013
Dismissing proposed solutions by comparison to an impossibly perfect alternative feeds procrastination and fear of change. Make a rational attempt at an imperfect but beneficial change now and work towards continuous improvement.
12 Jun 2013
A book review of Commitment by Olav Maassen, Chris Matts and Chris Geary, a business novel about managing project risk
03 Jun 2013
A Minimum Viable Product or MVP is a piece of software created with just enough functionality and to just enough of a standard to allow you to test some theory or investigate a risk. A Lean Startup uses cycles of MVPs as their scientific method to find out if they are having a positive impact.
18 Apr 2013
In Scrum, the team are isolated from mid-iteration changes. Anything that comes up in the iteration that isn't already in the current backlog must be ignored or the iteration abandoned. Is this the only way of dealing with this change?
22 Mar 2013
Some agile projects have separate test and dev teams and some even run their testing in the iteration after the development. Can these projects really be agile?
08 Mar 2013
The third day of QCon London 2013 featuring opening keynote from Ward Cunningham, talks from David Dawson & Justin Holmes, Matt Asay, Mat Wall, Martijn Verburg & Kim Ross, and Douwe Osinga & Jon Tirsen
07 Mar 2013
The second day of QCon London 2013 featuring opening keynote from Damian Conway, talks by Glen Ford, Katherine Kirk, Benjamin Mitchell, Dan North, and Gojko Adzic & Lukas Oberhuber
06 Mar 2013
The first day of QCon London 2013 featuring opening keynote by Barbara Liskov, closing keynote by Damian Conway, talks by Stefan Tilkov, Gareth Rushgrove, Rickard Oberg, Russel Miles, and Alex Papadimoulis
05 Mar 2013
The first post in my new blog.