Irrational Exuberance!

Ways Engineering Managers Get Stuck

March 3, 2017 It's performance review season, which is a great time to review Camille Fournier's discussion of how individual contributors get stuck, and also a good time for me to write up a few ideas about how engineering managers can get stuck as well.

Productivity In The Age of Hypergrowth

October 10, 2016 There are few things more exciting than being at a company during hypergrowth, but it's easy to let hypergrowth get away from you, and to end up reacting instead of planning. It's hard to steer when you're rebuilding a plane mid-flight, but you can always nudge it in the right direction.

Developing Software Oriented Architectures

June 1, 2014 Having spent the last four years rolling out a handful of software oriented architectures, some lessons are finally coming together, and this is an attempt at documenting them.

Introduction to Architecting Systems for Scale

April 4, 2011 Designing a system which scales to a high number of requests isn't critical for most applications, but you'll never know that it was important until after the fact, so it's worth putting some thought into ensuring your architecture can grow with your success.

Genetic Algorithms: Cool Name & Damn Simple

January 2, 2009 Genetic Algorithms are one of the most natural approaches to optimization. Did you learn about evolution in grade school? Then you already "get" GA.