Alistair Fenn

Dev Lead

Holiday Extras


Empowering engineers

When I joined Holiday Extras 5 years ago, we deployed our codebase three times a day, meaning we could move pretty quickly, as long as we stayed within the constraints of our monolith.

As we added more engineers that monolith got harder to work with and as we split it into smaller parts, to empower engineers to move even faster, we did make some mistakes. We now have a dedicated empowerment team, whose mission is to enable engineers to create an entirely new service, all required infrastructure / dependencies and deploy it to production “on demand”.

In this talk I’ll cover our journey, why, how and what we’ve achieved and the impact to an already agile, fast moving business.