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031: Stories, points, and backlogs with Pivotal Tracker, guest Ronan Dunlop

Continuing our Circle of Code agenda, we talk with Ronan Dunlop of Pivotal Tracker. Tracker was developed over ten years ago as the in-house project management software used by Pivotal Labs and has since then become a product in its own right used by many teams. We discuss what Tracker's history, what it does, and most importantly the philosophy behind tracker.

We also discuss some recent news about the Gartner IaaS Magic Quadrant (see free reprint and Coté's highlights), SQL Server support in the Google Cloud, and the wrap of SpringOne Platform, including just released videos of many of the talks.


See https://blog.pivotal.io/pivotal-conversations/ for full show notes.

Direct download: PivotalConversations031.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 3:20pm PDT

030: Platforms as Contracts with John Feminella

While at SpringOne Platform I talked with John Feminella about his talk on platforms and contracts. He uses the legal metaphor of contracts to describe the beneficial trade-offs between things like 12 factor coding and continuous delivery. As the abstract for his talks puts it:

Platforms like Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) can be viewed as contracts between applications and the people who build, operate, and deploy them. At the root of these contracts is a core premise: if your application checks off a few boxes, the platform can provide enormous amounts of power and enable capabilities that wouldn't otherwise be possible.

Check back from the video recording of the talk and find John in Twitter at @jxxf.

 

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Direct download: PivotalConversations030.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 4:17pm PDT

029: Monitoring microservices and applications with Spring Sleuth, an interview with Marcin Grzejszczak

While at SpringOne Platform 2016 I, Coté talks with Marcin about one of the projects he works on, Spring Sleuth. There's plenty of technical overviews of Sleuth out there, but I wanted to talk with Marcin about the "why" of Sleuth, how he came to use, and get a high-level overview of how it works. Sleuth, based on Zipkin, is a framework for distributed tracing which turns out to be handy for the types of architectures we see in cloud native applications, particularly microservices. Monitoring a single user interaction across a mutli-service, composed application has historically been difficult: you can lose track of what code and service is participating and doing what, ending up in a lot of log salad and correlation hacks after the fact to diagnose problems and monitor for overall performance.

Check out Marcin's blog at http://toomuchcoding.com/ and find him in Twitter at @MGrzejszczak.

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Direct download: PivotalConversations029.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 6:59am PDT

028: Partnering in the cloud native ecosystem, guest Josh McKenty

This week, while at SpringOne Platform, Richard and I talk with Josh McKenty, head of the partnering engineering team. With a general purpose application stack like Pivotal Cloud Foundry there's a lot of partner applications, services, and consulting that typically gets used beyond what Pivotal provides out of the box. Josh's team does the implementation with partners around these extensions and service integrator partnerships. We discuss how the program works, why it's needed, different modes of operating with partners (from agile to Gnatt-planned out waterfall style), why an ecosystem is needed, and how service integrators fit in. Since Josh has worked on OpenControl we slip in an overview and update of that compliance automation framework. Josh in Twitter: @jmckenty.

 

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Direct download: PivotalConversations028.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 7:51am PDT

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