Architecture Automation, One Alligator at Once

By Matt S Trout (‎mst‎) from,,,
Date: Tuesday, 4 June 2013 15:05
Duration: 45 minutes
Target audience: Any
Language: English
Tags: alligators devops operations sysadmin

"When you're up to your ass in alligators, it's hard to remember you
were supposed to be draining the swamp."

Architecture has accreted, your infrastructure automation is barely extant,
and production hates the living.

When you're sprinting to find product/market fit, things always fall through
the cracks.

That's ok. We have the technology to fix this.

First, discover what you already have.

Second, derive an understanding of how it fits together.

Third, document what's actually real and what's incidental.

Now you can infer your systems' and services dependencies, and start to
rationalize your deployments.

This is a tale of starting from zero, a tale of adapting to reality as it
is and then prioritising when, where and how to bend it to your will.

This is a tale of not giving up.

One alligator at a time.

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