Hypergrowth headaches (Ep. 485) – Stack Overflow Blog

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September 16, 2022

When an organization hits a interval of hypergrowth, builders are in for a thrill journey. They should begin scaling their methods, transferring to service architectures and clouds, and seeking to clear up issues others haven’t. However hypergrowth brings complications, too, and chief amongst them is how one can preserve everybody conscious of what’s occurring with groups that they aren’t part of. 

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When an organization hits a interval of hypergrowth, builders are in for a thrill journey. They should begin scaling their methods, transferring to service architectures and clouds, and seeking to clear up issues others haven’t. However hypergrowth brings complications, too, and chief amongst them is how one can preserve everybody conscious of what’s occurring with groups that they aren’t part of. 

When Spotify bumped into this hypergrowth drawback, they created Backstage, an open-source framework for constructing developer portals. Ben and Ryan talked with Helen Gruel and Tim Hansen concerning the genesis of the undertaking, retaining docs with service data, and the way Backstage’s plugin ecosystem retains engineers from getting misplaced amongst dozens of instruments. 

Episode notes

Like quite a lot of good instruments, Backstage began as a solution to cease utilizing a spreadsheet. They knew it was one thing value open-sourcing when convention attendees paid extra consideration to the device than the subjects of the talks. 

Backstage treats docs-like-code, retaining markdown information in the identical repo because the code. Down with wikis, up with pull requests!If you wish to study extra about Backstage, take a look at our recent webinar with Emma Indal, an online engineer at Spotify.

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Tags: backstage, docs-like-code, open source, spotify, the stack overflow podcast

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