[Software Engineering Oldletter #1] Boring tech, Golden Sprawl and measuring the cost of no CD
I received several suggestions following my email last Friday about sending out a short list once a week of evergreen articles/resources related to software/cloud engineering that wouldn’t typically get shared in “latest news” style newsletters or social media feeds. So this is the first edition of the Software Engineering Oldletter 🙂.
This week’s links
- Choose Boring Technology, by Dan McKinley, recommended by Alex DeBrie. I love the concept here of limited innovation tokens that you must spend wisely. I’ve had a blog post in my drafts for about 2 years titled “Software teams have a novelty capacity” which I can now scrap because this article makes the same point much better than I would’ve.
- Software Sprawl, the Golden Path, and Scaling Teams with Agency, by Charity Majors, also recommended by Alex DeBrie. Charity provides an action plan for growing orgs to consolidate technologies across teams to converge along a “Golden Path”.
- How much is your fear of Continuous Delivery costing you?, also by Charity Majors, recommended by Chris Scott. Here Charity describes an eye-opening framework for calculating the cost of neglecting to automate your delivery pipeline.
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If you’d like to share an evergreen article/book which has significantly influenced your thinking or practice around software delivery, please email it through to me and I’ll add it to my backlog for sharing in future editions.
Have a great weekend!
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