API Design Reviews at Scale

The number of APIs produced by Google’s various business
units grew at an astounding rate over the last decade,
the result of which was a user experience containing wild
inconsistencies and usability problems. There was no single
issue that dominated the usability problems; rather,
users suffered a death from a thousand papercuts. A lightweight,
scalable, distributed design review process was put into
place that has improved our APIs and the efficacy of our
many API designers. Challenges remain, but the API design
reviews at scale program has started successfully.

Source: https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/research.google.com/en//pubs/archive/45294.pdf


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