Running systems library as Cloud Function.

June 16, 2019. Filed under systems 4cloud 3gcf 1

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.

Path to engineering manager of managers.

June 15, 2019. Filed under management 98career 11

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.

An Elegant Puzzle @ Software Engineering Daily

June 14, 2019. Filed under elegant-puzzle 8podcast 5

Got to recorded an episode of Software Engineering Daily, discussing engineering management and An Elegant Puzzle

What I learned writing a book.

June 8, 2019. Filed under writing 31elegant-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 98inclusion 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.