Microservices: Stone Soup for the Enterprise

Two Stories, With a Moral at the End

Jon Bodner
Jan 31, 2019 · 6 min read
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Setting: Europe, During The Napoleonic Wars

Once upon a time, a soldier was returning from war. It was a long trip back home and on the way he came to a village. This village had been scarred by the war; everyone was huddled in their houses, unwilling to go out and help their neighbors. The soldier was hungry after walking all day and went to every house in the town, asking for some food. But no one would give him anything to eat.

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Setting: Bland Office Building, But Certainly Not Yours

Once upon a time, there was a company. And this company had problems with their software. The code was so hard to understand and deployments were so complicated and bugs were so hard to track down that nothing was getting released. Their customers were unhappy and every group in the company spent every day blaming every other group for all of the problems.

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The Moral

You can try to improve your organization directly, by proposing more automation and cross-team collaboration. But don’t be surprised if things go easier if you start with a magic stone. Change is difficult. Working together is difficult. Sometimes, people need some extra motivation to work together and do the right thing. And if that requires a little sleight-of-hand, that’s okay.

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Capital One Tech

The low down on our high tech from the engineering experts…

Jon Bodner

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Distinguished Engineer at Capital One. Interested in programming languages, open source, technology trends, and the future of software engineering.

Capital One Tech

The low down on our high tech from the engineering experts at Capital One. Learn about the solutions, ideas and stories driving our tech transformation.

Jon Bodner

Written by

Distinguished Engineer at Capital One. Interested in programming languages, open source, technology trends, and the future of software engineering.

Capital One Tech

The low down on our high tech from the engineering experts at Capital One. Learn about the solutions, ideas and stories driving our tech transformation.

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