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Some of my favorite technical papers.

April 7, 2018 I've long been a fan of hosting paper reading groups, where a group of folks sit down and talk about interesting technical papers. One of the first steps to do that is identifying some papers worth chatting about, and here is a list of some papers I've seen lead to excellent discussions!

Managing in the growth plates.

March 21, 2018 There is no one way to manage, and even though you'll have a default style, you have to switch up your approach to be appropriate to match your current situation. In particular I find there are explicitly different values for managing in rapidly changing environments and stable ones, and this post explores how and why they're distinct.

Refactoring Ruby programmatically.

February 13, 2018 Migrating from an older version of a library or interface can be an easy upgrade, but in a legacy codebase sometimes it can be a remarkably frustrating chore. In this post we look at some examples of programmatically rewriting Ruby source code, as a gateway to thinking about how you could apply the technique elsewhere.

Product management in infrastructure engineering.

February 6, 2018 Recently a bunch of teams I work with have turned the corner, having paid down technical debt to a long-term sustainable level. The future unfurls with possibility. Many of the infrastructure engineer teams I’ve been a part of have struggled to make the transition from maintenance to innovation, and I wanted to write down some of the ideas that we’re exploring to ease this shift.

Global secondary indexes.

January 30, 2018 At work we’ve been planning the next phase of our storage infrastructure, and a big part of that conversation has been around global secondary indexes a technique used by horizontally scalable datastores like Cassandra. While I was super comfortable nodding along, I wasn’t sure I actually understand the concept particularly well, so I’ve spent some time learning more about them, and wrote up some notes.