Embracing the Golden Path: A Strategic Framework for Efficient Software Development

How Standardized Practices Propel Innovation and Streamline Development in the Era of Microservices

Stefanie Lai
7 min readApr 14, 2024
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As platform scales up, new challenges keep popping up. The latest I encountered was that the huge monolith Django project with ambiguous project ownership, lengthy build queues and release cycles had gradually become a major obstacle to platform expansion. Thus, a consensus has been prompted within the company that we should step out of the comfort zone: Gradually migrate old modules from this single huge project and develop new features with the microservice architecture instead of adding more new features to this giant.

The monolithic architecture and microservice architecture have their own pros and cons, and there are undoubtedly various issues when migrating from monolithic architecture to microservice architecture. However, it is the big tradeoff based on needs, and there is always a “Golden Path” that can make this transition more smoothly and confidently.

Why We Need a Golden Path

40% of devs spend ¼ to ½ of their time on toolchain integration (not building or optimizing features)Developer Efficiency Report