Irrational Exuberance!

Engineering management stuff I learned in 2017.

December 29, 2017 I've been working with Stripe's infrastructure engineering team for 2017, getting to work an increasingly interesting set of problems, at an increasingly large scale, and with an increasingly talented group of folks. These are some of the things I got to learn over the past year.

From lambda to kappa and dataflow paradigms.

November 22, 2017 A look at the evolution of data infrastructure over the past four or five years, from the lambda architecture to the kappa architecture and beam paradigm.

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.