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The Art of Scalability: Scalable Web Architecture, Processes, and Organizations for the Modern Enterprise, Second Edition by Michael T. Fisher, Martin L. Abbott

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Chapter 12. Establishing Architectural Principles

He wins his battles by making no mistakes. Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated.

—Sun Tzu

Corporate “values” statements are often posted in workplaces and serve to remind employees of the desired behavior and culture within their companies. In this chapter, we present the scalability analog to these corporate values—architectural principles. These principles both guide the actions of technology teams and form the criteria against which technology architectures are evaluated.

Principles and Goals

Upon reviewing the high-level goal tree that was originally defined in Chapter 5, Management 101, and reproduced in ...

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