Binder for hosting Jupyter notebooks.

February 10, 2019. Filed under systems-thinking 6systems 4binder 1

A while ago I wrote about modeling a hiring funnel as an example of creating a system model, but that post doesn't explore how the process of evolving a system model can be helpful. This post does.

Writing a reliability strategy: reason about complex things with system models.

February 9, 2019. Filed under infrastructure 34systems-thinking 6systems 4

A while ago I wrote about modeling a hiring funnel as an example of creating a system model, but that post doesn't explore how the process of evolving a system model can be helpful. This post does.

Meeting people.

January 26, 2019. Filed under management 99career 11

In the earliest bits of my career, I spent a lot of time worrying that my lack of pedigree was holding me back. How much easier things would have be for me, I imagined, if only I'd attended a feeder school like Stanford or started out at a prestigious company like Google. Memories of that angst bubbled up when I was chatting with someone at a recent conference, and they asked how I knew so many of the people nearby. My first reaction was that I don't know very many folks, but it's also the case that I know meaningfully more folks today than I did just a few years ago, and that change isn't entirely accidental.

An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Eng Management.

January 22, 2019. Filed under management 99writing 31elegant-puzzle 8

I wrote a book, An Elegant Puzzle, which will be available in late May, 2019. This is something I've been working on over the past year, and which I'm extraordinarily excited to share!

Some delightful developer experiences in 2019.

January 7, 2019. Filed under product 5apis 1

I once worked at a company that built most of their functionality on top of Facebook's advertising APIs. GraphQL was not publically a thing at that point, but the API design was more or less equivalent to GraphQL. Properties would appear and disappear without warning, and reacting to changes required frequent fire drills.