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Scale, Microservices and Flow

YOW! 2019 Sydney

Recent research summarised in the book Accelerates points to a set of practices that lead to high software development organisation performance. Simultaneously, research from the Santa Fe Institute on Complex Adaptive Systems over the last 20 years seems to point to a grand unified theory of organisational design. So have we cracked it? Do we now have the answer to the question: how do we create and scale high performing software and organisations? In this talk, James explores this research and takes a look at the surprising links between microservices, elephants, Sydney and companies.

James Lewis

Principal Consultant


United Kingdom

James Lewis is a Software Architect and Director at ThoughtWorks based in the UK. He’s proud to have been a part of ThoughtWorks’ journey for fourteen years and of contributing to it’s ongoing mission of delivering technical excellence for its clients and in amplifying positive social change through technology. As a member of the ThoughtWorks Technical Advisory Board, the group that creates the Technology Radar, he contributes to industry adoption of open source and other tools, techniques, platforms, and languages.

He is an internationally recognised expert on software architecture and design and on its intersection with organisational design and lean product development. As such he’s been a guest editor for IEEE Software, written articles, delivered training and spoken at more conferences than he can remember.

After co-defining the Microservices architectural style, James’ primary consulting focus these days is helping organisations with technology strategy, distributed systems design, and adoption of SOA. He freely admits that it’s only by standing on the shoulders of giants that he’s been able to make the contributions to the industry that he has