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Plan less, do more

“Planning has rapidly diminishing returns: plan less, do more, learn more, redesign governance to kill early and often.” Happy new year! – There is always a special responsibility that comes with the first blog post of a new year. Fortunately Tom Cagley of SpamCast fame asked me a fantasy question: If there is one piece of advice you would give ...

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Advanced profile management in Spring Boot


We all are aware of profile management in Spring Boot and the flexibility it provides in configuring our applications for different environments. The other powerful aspect of this is that at any given time we can have multiple active profiles. The advantage this gives is that we can mix the deployment environment profile along with business use case related profiles. ...

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How to test drive a Content Delivery Network

How not to break the internet. Introduction A Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a cache that sits between your website and the user. This is useful when your site becomes popular and you don’t want to have to keep scaling up your webserver to handle the load. This avoids the ‘breaks the internet’ moment when a website fails due to ...

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Minimal measures for minimal stability in a complex world (that will help you optimize your Scrum)

Scrum, in its more general definition, is a simple framework to help us address complex challenges. Product development is the subset of complex problem domains where Scrum took root first; by explicitly acknowledging software and new product development to be complex work, serving to deliver complex products in complex circumstances. Scrum is increasingly being discovered as a simple framework to ...

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So You’re Going to Make a Framework?

Don’t. Seriously don’t just make a framework. Here’s why your framework will fail: You don’t know what the future requirements are, so you’ll provide too littleYou don’t know what the future requirements are, so you’ll provide too muchYou’ve not encountered the general case of what you’re trying to make, so you’ll end up too specificYou’ve not focused on your specific ...

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Istio as an Example of When Not to Do Microservices

I’ve been pretty invested in helping organizations with their cloud-native journeys for the last five years. Modernizing and improving a team (and eventually an organization’s) velocity to deliver software-based technology is heavily influenced by it’s people, process and eventual technology decisions. A microservices approach may be appropriate when the culmination of an application’s architecture has become a bottleneck (as a ...

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Video course on efficient enterprise testing


I’ve created a few videos on the topic of effective enterprise testing. I still see a huge importance in this topic in real-world projects. Here are my experiences in testing Enterprise Java projects together with some examples. 1. Introduction & efficient Maven usage In this video, I’ll give an introduction to the testing course and show how to structure tests ...

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