Patterns for Performance and Operability – Summary

Patterns for Performance and Operability The book Patterns for Performance and Operability by Ford et al is one of the few publications which addresses directly the operability of business software (which is partly why I am writing Software Operability:  A Guide for Software Teams). Patterns for Performance and Operability (‘PPO’) is an excellent volume, containing many valuable insights into the ways we can improve the operability of software systems; this blog post explores a few of the key themes and ideas found in the book.

 

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Let’s Talk About Operational Features, not Non-Functional Requirements

Using the term ‘non-functional requirements’ to describe aspects of software systems which are invisible to the end-user but essential for effective service operation is counter-productive; we should instead use ‘operational requirements’ or ‘operational features’, and schedule these for delivery alongside end-user features.

Update: the Experience DevOps workshop series now has sessions on Software Operability – find out more at http://experiencedevops.org/

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