November 26, 2012 One of the most destructive ideas is that you can dig out of a hole by doing what you're already doing, but doing it harder. This doesn't work, but it does breed and kill your heroes, and alienate everyone else.
March 31, 2014 One of the fundamental pieces of infrastructure for an effective software engineering team is their deployment pipeline. Here we cover a fairly basic but effective pipeline for deploying code.
April 28, 2009 A look at the frontend engineer's primary pain point: product skew. While skew impacts everyone, it beats on the frontend engineer early and frequently. Think frontend engineer's have the easy half of engineering? Well, let's talk about that.
June 1, 2009 As become further and further embroiled in my current project cycle, I am starting to view everything in terms of feedback loops. Is the project working well? Feedback loops. The guy who is having trouble with implementing part of the system? Feedback loops. Effective communication between product manager and engineers? Feedback loops. Beyond merely being possible to view the world in terms of feedback loops, I've found it rather useful as well.
November 5, 2012 When things get bad, people start complaining about percieved social hierarchies. Few things piss off the already angry engineer like knowing they're less important than an architect.
November 25, 2012 As the SocialCode engineering team pursues building technical leverage, one of the ideas we've been exercising is configuration driven behavior. This post discusses what configuration driven behavior entails, and why we think it's a useful idea.
February 9, 2014 In management we often find ourselves balancing the freedoms of the few against the freedoms of the many. This is, as you might imagine, a tricky business.
November 4, 2012 The aim of a development group is to build business value. Building technical leverage is the focus on increasing the business value a development group delivers over time.
October 29, 2012 Once again we're experimenting with a paper reading group for our engineering team, this time with more success than previously, albeit in an unintended direction.
August 21, 2009 My second paper review, in which I review Butler Lampson's Hints on Computer System Design, an excellent paper which takes a look at a variety of hints for good software engineering.
October 20, 2009 A few quick comments on the excellent paper from 1997, "Why Engineers Should Consider Formal Methods".