Irrational Exuberance!

Infrastructure between cost center and ego trip

March 5, 2017 Planning the work for infrastructure engineering organization can be a challenge, in part due to a lack of clarity around what such an organization contributes value to the company it operates within. I have thoughts, and a simple thinking aid, for that.

Ways Engineering Managers Get Stuck

March 3, 2017 It's performance review season, which is a great time to review Camille Fournier's discussion of how individual contributors get stuck, and also a good time for me to write up a few ideas about how engineering managers can get stuck as well.

Finding Managerial Scope

October 31, 2016 So often we try to further our managerial careers by increasing the size of our teams, but increasingly I think that's the slowest way to grow yourself and your career.

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.

You Should Take More Vacation

October 1, 2016 When did you last take a vacation? We spend so much time focused on recruiting new talent that we often forget to focus on rention, and ensuring our teams take vacations are one of the most important retention strategies we have.