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In this episode, Scott interviewed Kiran Prakash, Principal Engineer at Thoughtworks.

Some key takeaways/thoughts from Kiran's point of view:

  1. ?Controversial?: You MUST have exec sponsorship to move forward with your data mesh implementation. You need the top-down push for necessary reorganization when the time comes. Scott note: only kinda controversial, really more often ignored :D
  2. ?Controversial?: Data mesh, if done well, doesn't need to have a huge barrier to entry. That's a misconception. If you think about gradual improvement/evolution, you'll be on the right track.
  3. "The Curse of the Data Lake Monster" was like the data field of dreams - there was expectation that if you build a great data lake, value will just happen. If you ingest and process as much as you can, the use cases will just happen. And it really wasn't the case. So we should apply product thinking to data to focus on what matters.
  4. The 'Curse' was a manifestation of Conway's Law - the strong separation between IT and the business led to mismatched goals and subpar outcomes. With microservices, that started to be much less of an issue on the operational plane so why not try with data?
  5. It's easy to lose sight of Conway's Law and aim for distributed architecture first but the organizations doing data mesh well are changing their architectural and cultural approaches and patterns together. Don't...

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