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 106infrastructure 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.

Fire fixation.

March 23, 2019. Filed under management 106

Of the early Stripe lore I've encountered, my favorite is that it managed to accomplish a tremendous amount with a small team because folks moved so rapidly from one project to another project that, leaving an afterimage behind them, it appeared that they were everywhere simultaneously.

Rules of thumb for org design.

March 17, 2019. Filed under management 106

While writing 'How to evolve an engineering organization', there were a bunch of org design rules of thumb that are interesting to discuss but didn't fit into the article well, so I've written them up here instead.