Excelling In A Post-Pandemic World — An Architect View

  • Restaurant (Cloud kitchens on the menu for most restaurants)
  • Healthcare (Remote consultation is the new norm)
  • Education (Online and remote learning here to stay)
  • Software (Remote working is here to stay)
  • Given the supply chain issue we are facing due to silicon demand, the better option would be to use cloud VMs as an alternative for developer workstation.
  • Move to full-automation testing with release pipelines (Azure Devops, Jenkins, Travis, Github Actions, so on).
  • Start with a decent build manual (if you don’t have decent one already). It shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours for new developers to set up the local development environment.
  • Use MS-Teams and Slack for communication.
  • Encourage offline code and document reviews.
  • It makes on-boarding new engineers much easier.
  • New engineers doesn’t have to know 10 different things to fix a small NRE (Null reference exception).
  • Avoid code base spanning across multiple repos.
  • Nothing kills productivity more than never ending status updates meeting and coordination meetings.
  • Break the large team in to smaller teams of 5 developers are less. Two pizza team.
  • Track the key results not the daily or weekly targets.
  • Start with OKRs or SMART , set objectives and leave the results to the team.

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Cloud and Distributed Computing Enthusiast with 13+ years of experience; Works @ Microsoft; Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer.

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Karthik Mahalingam

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Cloud and Distributed Computing Enthusiast with 13+ years of experience; Works @ Microsoft; Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer.

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