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Damian Maclennan

Technologist, Agilist, Speaker, Ex Musician, Cyclist, Troublemaker, Dad. CTO at Octopus Deploy.

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On leaving Readify and joining Octopus Deploy

This post is long overdue, but in 2014 I moved on from working as a consultant with Readify to take on a new role as CTO with Octopus Deploy. Some thoughts on my time as a consultant and why the change is so refreshing.

The human benefits of a microservice architecture

It's easy to be agile with a small codebase, it becomes much harder with a large one. The more time I spend around software development teams implementing a microservice architecture, the more I see just how agile an approach it can be because rather than one big codebase, we have many smaller ones.

Frameworks. Just say NO!

Some of the most dangerous words I hear in my consulting travels are 'we're building a framework'. It's a compelling idea but it never works out well. Reuse of components is good, but you need them to be useful before they can be reused

Introducing Nimbus - Azure Service Bus made easy

Nimbus is an easy to use API for the Azure Service Bus to make the development of Microservice and distributed applications easy.

Doing Agile software development. Why it's not going to help.

The value in agile software development is in releasing software to users more frequently and learning in order to build the right thing. The practices help us get there, but aren't the end goal in itself.