June 22, 2019.
One unexpected perk of publishing a book is that folks start to ask you questions about all sorts of loosely related things. One pretty common thread has been around career advice, I’ve written up most of my advice for easier reusability. Some of the ideas are a bit contradictory, which I suspect is the nature of all useful advice: you’ll have to work through the conflicts and details yourself.
June 16, 2019.
I was chatting with my friend Bobby Powers and he mentioned a systems dynamics app he's been hacking on. That conversation inspired me to want to finish a project I've been neglecting, which is exposing the systems library as an HTTP endpoint running within a Google Cloud Function.
June 15, 2019.
Once your company gets large enough to roll out a formal career ladder, it becomes the foundation of most discussions about performance and promotion. All ladders have certain requirements that have to be met in order to advance, but typically the resources required to fulfill thoes requirements aren't scarce. As you get more senior, scarcity starts to creep in.
June 14, 2019.
Got to recorded an episode of Software Engineering Daily, discussing engineering management and An Elegant Puzzle
June 8, 2019.
My favorite story from releasing An Elegant Puzzle is about preorders. After a few days of preorders, Amazon asks you to ship them a certain number of books that they’ll use to fulfill your orders. They originally asked us to ship some number of thousands -- exciting! -- then asked us to double the shipment --more exciting! -- and later asked us to quadruple the shipment -- almost our entire first print run -- concerning.
June 1, 2019.
Somewhat recently there was a controversial Twitter thread that defined which universities had computer science graduates worth hiring, and the hirable percentage from those universities. The best ranked universities were small, famous and expensive. Quite a few folks reacted against this perspective’s bias and privilege, at least as many chimed in to confirm the claims.
May 29, 2019.
This is an ongoing collection of various press from the An Elegant Puzzle book release.
May 28, 2019.
My book, An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management, is available today!
May 25, 2019.
Years ago I found myself in a small room with large glass double doors that didn’t quite close properly, and were leaking crescendoing frustration into an office furiously avoiding any acknowledgement of the dispute happening therein. I was trying to mediate a disagreement between two teams about our approach to collecting data from Facebook Ads APIs. The API provided the necessary data, but didn’t provide a sufficiently granular time series of changes over time, which we need as an input into a budget rebalancing algorithm.
May 19, 2019.
I'm speaking at Velocity on June 12th on 'How Stripe invests in technical infrastructure', and this is the rough outline of the content the talk will cover. I hope to see y'all there.