Irrational Exuberance!

Head in the clouds.

July 7, 2019 When I wrote about the public cloud expansion forcing infrastructure engineers to evolve their role, I sort of imagined that the precursor question--should we run our infrastructure on the public cloud?--was already quite settled, but it's a discussion that I find myself having more rather than less frequently each year, so I've taken some time to structure and document my thinking.

Don't follow the sun.

July 3, 2019 When I get the chance to speak with engineering leaders, I sometimes get asked to endorse an already underway plan to spin up a “follow the sun” on-call rotation. My advice is probably not what folks anticipate: please don’t.

How to invest in technical infrastructure.

May 19, 2019 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.

To innovate, first deprecate.

April 7, 2019 Building on my recent post on Magnitudes of exploration, which discusses an approach to balancing platform standardization and exploring for superior platforms, I wanted to also look into this problem from a systems thinking perspective, similar to my previous examination of why limiting work-in-progress works.

Magnitudes of exploration.

April 6, 2019 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.