Team topologies fix the Spotify model

The Spotify model The Spotify model [SPOM] describes an organisational structure which aims at maximising agility through removing friction. The building block of the Spotify model is the squad, a team which is responsible for the entire lifecycle of a product from inception to implementation, operation and retirement. Friction is removed by maximising squad autonomy: … Continue reading Team topologies fix the Spotify model

Cloud vs. on-premises is about shaping risk

TL;DR: moving to the public cloud consolidates many small risks into few large ones. A recent GCP cloud outage ( highlights an issue with running more and more parts of the internet on the same infrastructure: as more computing resources consolidate in large cloud providers' data centres, the risk of a significant, global outage of … Continue reading Cloud vs. on-premises is about shaping risk

The problem with standardisation

Standards are a double-edged swordSubbu Allamaraju, CTO Expedia, TL;DR: Standardisation reduces the dimensionality of a problem space thus eliminating possibilities for optimisation. Standards reduce the number dimensions of a problem space Consolidation initiatives aim at reducing the number of domains in a problem space in order to make problem handling easier: reduce the number … Continue reading The problem with standardisation