While I was at QCon, I filled in on a slot on the architecture track to talk about Guerrilla SOA. Michael Nygard (of “Release It!” fame) perhaps nailed it best at the QCon party the night before the talk: Guerrilla SOA is just commonsense. The talk seemed to go down well with the audience and we had some great Q&A at the end, particularly Dan Pritchett of eBay fired in some interesting questions on how to scale-out the Guerrilla approach with decentralised services to eBay scale and explained how technical governance at that kind of scale is hard.
I also welcomed Jeff Schneider’s assertion that “… the idiots that are running around yelling “guerrilla SOA” have to be put in their place.” Oh yes, I certainly did. While I don’t agree about the idiot part, or indeed the putting them in their place bit either, it was heartwarming to discover I’m not the only alleged idiot advocating delivery-centric, incremental SOA.
One by one your services will be stripped from the clutches of enterprise architecture and governance teams and returned to the (business) people. La lucha continua!
My one regret on the architecture track is that I was only able to attend this one session (unfortunately missing Sanjiva’s talk) because it ran concurrently with the SOA track. I would really have liked to have seen some of the other talks. Hopefully some of the speakers will crop up next time round.