Can governments design great APIs? Let's hope so.

May 12, 2019. Filed under data-localization 1

The internet is alive and changing. The change is driven by technology constraints, increasingly clear privacy concerns, and the lively intersection of economics and politics known as data localization, which is playing out in China, the EU, Russia, Indian, among many others.

An Elegant Puzzle is available for pre-order.

April 25, 2019. Filed under elegant-puzzle 8

An Elegant Puzzle is now available for pre-order, and will ship in late May, 2019.

To innovate, first deprecate.

April 7, 2019. Filed under infrastructure 34systems-thinking 6

Building on my recent post on Magnitudes of exploration, which discusses an approach to balancing platform standardization and exploring for superior platforms, I wanted to also look into this problem from a systems thinking perspective, similar to my previous examination of why limiting work-in-progress works.

Magnitudes of exploration.

April 6, 2019. Filed under management 96infrastructure 34

Standardizing on a given platform or technology is one of the most powerful ways to create leverage within a company: improve the tooling a bit and every engineer will get more productive. Exploration is, in the long run, an even more powerful force, with _successes_ compounding over time. Developing an investment thesis to balance the ratios and timing of standardization and exploration is a core challenge of engineering strategy.

An Elegant Puzzle coming in late May.

April 1, 2019. Filed under elegant-puzzle 8

A quick update on my book, An Elegant Puzzle, and the updated release date in late May.