What I learned writing a book.

June 8, 2019. Filed under writing 29elegant-puzzle 8

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.

Privilege's upward-facing window.

June 1, 2019. Filed under management 86inclusion 3

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.

Elegant Puzzle press, reviews and podcasts.

May 29, 2019. Filed under writing 29elegant-puzzle 8talks 6podcast 5

This is an ongoing collection of various press from the An Elegant Puzzle book release.

An Elegant Puzzle is released today!

May 28, 2019. Filed under management 86writing 29elegant-puzzle 8

My book, An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management, is available today!

Make timeline tradeoffs using iterative elimination tournaments.

May 25, 2019. Filed under management 86

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.