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Building a Successful Developer Platform: 3 Lessons from Toyota’s Production System

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February 07, 2024

Gartner recently predicted that “80% of software engineering organizations will establish platform teams by 2026, and 75% of those will include developer self-service portals”. Such platforms promise to enhance productivity and streamline the software development process by combining cloud infrastructure, middleware software, and developer tools to create accelerated “Golden Paths” to production.

In addition to my own discussions with dozens of business leaders this year, there are strong signals that Gartner might just be right. In the latest Gartner Software Engineering Hype Cycle, we saw platform engineering enter the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” and there was a whopping 350% rise in attendance at PlatformCon 2023, compared to the previous year.

It’s safe to say then that many infrastructure teams are actively engaged in building an Internal Developer Platform (IDP) for their business. My concern though, is that most of those efforts will fail……

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