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How to Succeed With Microservices Architecture Using DevOps Practices

Published: 22 January 2019


Microservices architecture helps deliver agile, scalable software, but success requires more than new architecture patterns. Technical professionals responsible for application architecture must lead changes to processes, organization, platforms and data management to deliver business impact.

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  • Prework
    • Recognizing Complexity
    • Understanding Your Business’s Demand for Change and Willingness to Invest in MSA
  • Part 1: Improving Your Processes
    • Mature Your Agile Development and Deployment Processes
    • Meet Demand for Rapid, Continuous Delivery With a Fluid Release Schedule
    • Optimize Your Testing and Quality Assurance Processes
    • Address New Governance Needs
  • Part 2: Organizing People and Building Skills
    • Embrace the Organizational Structure Needed to Deliver Microservices
    • Champion Required Cultural Behaviors
    • Build the Required New Skills and Capabilities
  • Part 3: Building the Technology Platform
    • Preparing the Technical Architecture Needed for Microservices
    • Choosing Hosting Targets and Units of Deployment
    • Selecting Tools in a Crowded and Evolving Microservices Technology Market
  • Part 4: Defining Your Services
    • Be Pragmatic About the Microservices Principles
    • Be Iterative About Service Decomposition
    • Apply Domain-Driven Design and Bounded Context to Scope Your Microservices
    • Define Evolvable, Versioned Interface Contracts
    • Decouple Your Published APIs From Your Microservices Implementations
  • Part 5: Decoupling Your Data
    • Make Architectural Trade-Offs to Balance Complexity and Agility
    • Model Your Data Relationships Based on API Contracts
  • Follow-Up
  • Pitfall: Being Too Dogmatic in Pursuing an Idealized MSA
    • How to Avoid
  • Risk: Underestimating the Required Investment
    • How to Mitigate
  • Pitfall: Changing Architecture While Learning New Processes
    • How to Avoid
  • Risk: Being Afraid to Fail
    • How to Mitigate
  • Pitfall: Failing to Put “Just-Enough Governance” in Place
    • How to Avoid
  • Pitfall: Expecting to Be “Done”
    • How to Avoid
  • Related Guidance

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