GOTO 2021 • Scale, Flow and Microservices • James Lewis

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This presentation was recorded at GOTOpia February 2021. #GOTOcon #GOTOpia

James Lewis - Software architect and director at ThoughtWorks

Recent research summarised in the book Accelerate points to a set of practices that lead to high software development organization performance.
Simultaneously, research from the Santa Fe Institute on complex adaptive systems over the last 20 years seems to point to a grand unified theory of organizational design and software architecture.
"So have we cracked it? Do we now have the answer to the question: how do we create and scale high performing software and organizations?"
In this talk, James explores this research and takes a look at the surprising links between organizations, microservices, elephants [...]

00:00 Intro
08:29 What do mice and elephants have in common?
10:18 What do Newsagents and Walmart have in common?
11:13 What do Hamburg and Leipzig have in common?
15:11 Complex adaptive systems
16:15 3 simple principles
18:07 Complex adaptive systems are everywhere
19:14 The most famous scaling law
21:50 Corporate metabolism
22:18 Why do metabolic rates slow as size increases?
27:20 Flow of work in organizations
29:05 Identifying the signs of ageing
30:37 Corporate mortality
31:41 The alchemist's stone
35:43 Outro

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#Microservices #SoftwareArchitecture #MicroservicesArchitecture #Scale #Flow #CorporateLiefcycle #ThoughtWorks

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