What I learned writing a book.

June 8, 2019. Filed under writing 31elegant-puzzle 8

My favorite story from releasing An Elegant Puzzle is about preorders. After a few days of preorders, Amazon asks you to ship them a certain number of books that they’ll use to fulfill your orders. They originally asked us to ship some number of thousands -- exciting! -- then asked us to double the shipment --more exciting! -- and later asked us to quadruple the shipment -- almost our entire first print run -- concerning.

Privilege's upward-facing window.

June 1, 2019. Filed under management 99inclusion 3

Somewhat recently there was a controversial Twitter thread that defined which universities had computer science graduates worth hiring, and the hirable percentage from those universities. The best ranked universities were small, famous and expensive. Quite a few folks reacted against this perspective’s bias and privilege, at least as many chimed in to confirm the claims.

Elegant Puzzle press, reviews and podcasts.

May 29, 2019. Filed under writing 31elegant-puzzle 8podcast 5

This is an ongoing collection of various press from the An Elegant Puzzle book release.

How to invest in technical infrastructure.

May 19, 2019. Filed under infrastructure 34

I'm speaking at Velocity on June 12th on 'How Stripe invests in technical infrastructure', and this is the rough outline of the content the talk will cover. I hope to see y'all there.

Magnitudes of exploration.

April 6, 2019. Filed under management 99infrastructure 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.