Potholes in the road from monolithic hell: Microservices adoption anti-patterns

Last week, I had the pleasure of giving a keynote at O’Reilly’s excellent software architecture conference in London. The talk covers several anti-patterns of microservices adoption that I’ve observed while working with clients around the world.

The anti-patterns

The anti-patterns are:

  • Magic pixie dust - believing that microservices will cure all of your development woes
  • Microservices as the goal - focussing on adopting microservices rather than improving the velocity and reliability of software delivery
  • Scattershot adoption - numerous groups with an organization adopt microservices and implement supporting infrastructure without any coordination
  • Trying to fly before you can walk - attempting to adopt microservices while lacking key development skills such as automated testing and the ability to write clean code
  • Focussing on technology - focussing on cool (deployment) technology rather than the essence of the microservice architecture: service decomposition and definition
  • The more the merrier - developing an excessively fine-grained architecture
  • Red flag law - keeping in place policies and processes that obstruct rapid, frequent and reliably software delivery.


Chris Richardson details several anti-patterns of microservices adoption that he’s observed while working with clients around the world. You’ll learn the challenges that enterprises often face and how to overcome them as well as how to avoid the potholes when escaping monolithic hell.

OReilly SACON London: Potholes in the road from monolithic hell: Microservices adoption anti-patterns from Chris Richardson


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