Notes on Escaping the Build Trap

June 30, 2019. Filed under review 13book 11product 5

Last year while thinking about product management in infrastructure I read Cagan's Inspired, which I thought was a very solid book. I just finished reading Perri's Escaping the Build Trap, which is similarly excellent, and I've written up some notes.

Fostering program engagement.

June 26, 2019. Filed under management 106org-programs 2

Some of my favorite pieces to write are those that end up being interesting to a pretty small audience, but tap into a central nerve for that small audience. So far, 'Programs: tips for owning the unownable, has been in that category.' Most folks don't engage much with leading programs, but folks who are have feelings and thoughts.

Programs: tips for owning the unownable.

June 25, 2019. Filed under management 106org-programs 2

An important tenet of organizational design is minimizing cross-team coordination to achieve your goals. Teams that can move with little cross-team coordination finish projects while others are still ratifying their implementation proposal.

Some career advice.

June 22, 2019. Filed under career 11

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.

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.