Russ Miles' Microservices Workshop

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Change is inevitable and the pace of innovation is increasing all the time; are you ready to learn how to make your code stand the test of time? Join Russ Miles and learn the newest techniques in making code that lasts!

Ever experienced that moment where your heart sinks at the words "We just want you to make this one, small and trivial change…".

If you build software, change is an inevitable force in your life and your ability to react to change can be the difference between a killer product and a last-to-the-post flop.

Given that change and speed of software evolution is so critical, why is it that so much software becomes a millstone around yourself and your team's necks, leaving you dreading the next inevitable change that's needed? For over 10 years, the focus has been consistently applied to helping us work in a more agile and adaptable fashion, with far less focus on how to create software that thrives in an agile environment.

As companies are becoming more and more agile, and we see how they can now adapt in order to innovate and compete faster than their competition, software development teams are being forced to maintain and evolve large, monolithic applications at a pace of change that those architectures were never meant to withstand, let alone embrace!

Microservices are a new approach to architecting applications that embrace and thrive on change. They are simple, single-purpose, lightweight architectural components that enable you to deliver software faster. The microservice architectural approach also aims to lead to software that thrives on change while at the same time being secure, performant, and stable.

This hands-on, extremely practical course will teach you how and why to design, deploy and manage micro service based architectures. Using microservices, this course will teach you how to build software that adapts as fast as your business and requirements do.

Learn how to:

  • Learn why Antifragile Software is the key to enabling software systems that thrive on change and enable innovation.
  • Learn how to architect, design, build, deploy and manage antifragile software systems using microservices.

What the community says

"Highly enjoyable and informative. Gives a new way of approaching and thinking about solutions."

Stan Clowes on 25th Nov 2015

"Very engaging, interesting instructor."

Sebastian Kent on 29th May 2015

"Good course with lots of useful content. Well structured and logical, with lots of 'hands-on' time. I like the way the idea of anti-fragility was emphasised throughout."

August 2014 Attendee on 1st Sep 2014

"Russ is a very engaging instructor, and has lots of real world examples to aid with understanding topics."

August 2014 Attendee on 1st Sep 2014

"Russ has an excellent subject matter knowledge and the practical elements of the course were very useful."

Gary O'Connor on 9th Jun 2014

About the Author

Russ Miles

Russ' experience covers almost every facet of software delivery having worked across many different domains including Financial Services, Publishing, Defence, Insurance and Search. With over 18 years experience of consultancy, coaching and training, Russ helps to change all facets of the software delivery process in order to remove unnecessary and costly complexity in everything from developer skills and practices, through applying the right processes for the job at hand, to ensuring that the right change is delivered, be it through software or otherwise.

Day 1 - Architecture & Design for Simplicity and Antifragility:

  • Introducing Antifragile Software and Simplicity
  • Defining Microservices in term of their Principles, Benefits and Challenges
  • Understand and explore the forces (stressors) of change on software
  • Applying Simplicity, with O.R.E.
  • Architecting and Designing for Software System Evolution with the Life Preserver tool
  • Organising for concerns and simple components
  • How to collaborate to discover change stressors on your software system
  • Organising components for change

Day 2 - Implementing Antifragile Software with Simple Components, Events & Microservices:

  • Exploring and Managing change-stressor fault-lines between areas of your system
  • Designing software bridges that handle change across fault-lines
  • Applying de-coupling intelligently, balancing flexility and complexity
  • Applying Request-Response, Messaging and Events
  • Designing, when to apply and implement Postel’s Law

Day 3 - Deploying, Running, Testing & Managing Antifragile Software with Microservices:

  • Extracting components into Microservices
  • Building, Deploying and Managing Effective Unix-style Microservice Pipelines
  • Simplifying Microservice Management using Immutable Service Deployments
  • Designing and Implementing Reactive Microservices
  • Applying effective health and monitoring for microservices
  • Designing and Implementing Microservice Failover and Auto-Recovery Strategies using the Circuit Breaker Pattern and Friends
  • Designing and Implementing for Autonomy with Microservice ‘Cells'
  • Enabling Governance and Innovation with Microservices
  • Enabling Variation and Experimentation in Languages and Frameworks through Microservices
  • Testing stressors for failure to avoid failure
  • Testing and Continuous Delivery for Microservices


Are you a developer with some experience programming who wants to learn how to build software that adapts as fast as their business does? Then this course is for you!


Code examples and exercises will be written in Java, so previous experience with Java is recommended although not mandated as many of the key takeaways will be applicable regardless of your choice of language, framework or platform.



Bring your own hardware

Participants should bring their own laptop with Java 7 or higher installed as well as IntelliJ or Eclipse for developing. Also, please have Gradle and Maven installed for the software builds. If you are unable to bring a laptop for the course, please contact the sales team on +44 20 7183 9040, or email the sales team