Building A Detailed View Of Your Software Delivery Process With The Eiffel Protocol - Episode 350

Summary

The process of getting software delivered to an environment where users can interact with it requires many steps along the way. In some cases the journey can require a large number of interdependent workflows that need to be orchestrated across technical and organizational boundaries, making it difficult to know what the current status is. Faced with such a complex delivery workflow the engineers at Ericsson created a message based protocol and accompanying tooling to let the various actors in the process provide information about the events that happened across the different stages. In this episode Daniel Ståhl and Magnus Bäck explain how the Eiffel protocol allows you to build a tooling agnostic visibility layer for your software delivery process, letting you answer all of your questions about what is happening between writing a line of code and your users executing it.

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  • Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Daniel Ståhl and Magnus Bäck about Eiffel, an open protocol for platform agnostic communication for CI/CD systems

Interview

  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • Can you describe what Eiffel is and the story behind it?
    • What are the goals of the Eiffel protocol and ecosystem?
    • What is the role of Python in the Eiffel ecosystem?
  • What are some of the types of questions that someone might ask about their CI/CD workflow?
    • How does Eiffel help to answer those questions?
  • Who are the personas that you would expect to interact with an Eiffel system?
  • Can you describe the core architectural elements required to integrate Eiffel into the software lifecycle?
    • How have the design and goals of the Eiffel protocol/architecture changed or evolved since you first began working on it?
  • What are some example workflows that an engineering/product team might build with Eiffel?
  • What are some of the challenges that teams encounter when integrating Eiffel into their delivery process?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen Eiffel used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on Eiffel?
  • When is Eiffel the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of Eiffel?

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