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“We tend to think the strong will survive, but a virus is a very small thing that kills big things.” Horace Dediu, Clayton Christensen Institute, speaking about the fall of Nokia. All enterprises, be they large or small, national or multinational, commercial or government agency, American or Chinese, Japanese or European, are carrying the dead weight of their history and almost certainly continuing to add unnecessary complexity and excessive cost that will progressively reduce effectiveness, with the potential to trigger existential crises. Newer enterprises including Internet platform and Cloud based companies are not immune from this effect. As Horace Dediu has commented, Nokia is a classic case of a large enterprise brought from market leadership to irrelevance and zero value in an extremely short space of time. In the past, modernization has become synonymous wi... (more)

Microservices Unplugged By @DavidSprott | @DevOpsSummit #IoT #DevOps #Microservices

Given my (well-known and enduring) interest in all aspects of services, I have followed Martin Fowler's writing on microservices. But I will admit I always found the original paper more confusing than insightful. And in my client work I have resisted the temptation to use a microservices pattern, for precisely the reason that it would more than likely confuse. So I was interested to see the book Building Microservices by Sam Newman published last month, particularly as Newman is part of the Thoughtworks stable, which presumably means it is authoritative. Right off the bat, Newman... (more)

Agile Adoption Failure By @DavidSprott | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Understanding Agile Adoption Failure The most common concern our customers voiced in 2014 was the unexpected outcomes of Agile projects. They don't talk about failure as such. But they do talk about loss of consistency; inability to govern; lack of coordination and the increasing time-to-market caused by these precise issues. I was struck by the results of the Agile Adoption Experiences Survey 2014 published by Scott Ambler. The really significant result to me is that 40% of respondents rates their organizations adoption of Agile as neither a success or a failure. Add to this the... (more)

Agile Enterprise Patterns

Enterprises are grappling with Agile methods- but there's much to learn. The basic Agile methods don't cut it in the enterprise. There are many big questions including: What type of projects can use Agile? How do we coordinate dependencies between Agile and non Agile projects? How do we operate in predictive approach for some projects and empirical for others? How do we choose? Who makes that decision and when? How do we integrate Agile projects into all the enterprise frameworks such as enterprise architecture, life cycle infrastructure, inter project coordination, systems deve... (more)

Agile Architecture

The English language is well known for its subtlety. Sometimes it’s a delight, but on other occasions it can be very frustrating. If I use the term Gothic Architecture you will immediately understand I am describing a style of architecture that flourished in medieval times. And if like me you are interested in ecclesiastical architecture you will know that this style was used in many of the great cathedrals and churches across Europe, which were distinctive because of key architectural patterns that enabled great increases in height and internal light of the buildings without inc... (more)