Microservices rules: what good looks like

microservice architecture   architecting   team topologies   software delivery metrics   microservices rules  

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The microservice architecture has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Its key benefits include significantly improving the developer experience and accelerating software delivery. Sadly, however, microservices have often been widely misunderstood and used inappropriately. As a result, many organizations have struggled to benefit from their adoption. I’ve had numerous conversations where developers have complained that their new microservices-based applications are difficult to change.

In this presentation, I describe 11 development and architecture rules (a.k.a. best practices) that should prevent an organization from making a mess of its microservice architecture. I say should because given semantic diffusion and incredible ability of many organizations to misinterpret and misapply rules, there are no guarantees. However, I believe that if an organization follows these rules when adopting microservices, it will increase their chance of success.

The rules

Here are the rules:

  1. Practice continuous delivery/deployment
  2. Implement fast, automated deployment pipelines
  3. Organize into small, cross-functional, loosely coupled teams
  4. Provide a great developer experience (DevEx)
  5. Use a rational design process
  6. Design independently deployable services
  7. Design loosely coupled services
  8. Design testable services
  9. Develop observable services
  10. Incrementally migrate from a monolith to microservices
  11. Track and improve software metrics and KPIs

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microservice architecture   architecting   team topologies   software delivery metrics   microservices rules  

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