Mesos at Strava
Well written blog post about Docker, Scala, Mesos, Marathon and a wide variety of other tools that Strava uses.
aws  docker  mesos  marathon  scala  container  deployment 
7 weeks ago
AWS Lambda and Serverless Cloud
Great intro to Lamba if you haven't used it yet.
lambda  aws  serverless  cloud  saas 
8 weeks ago
Ken Norton on learning to say no
I'd love to read a book on this... more than a couple times per week I come across a situation where we could do X or Y and the conversation always turns to "... but could we do X AND Y?" which is sometimes possible but usually means you'll do a bad job at both. Better, but harder to say no to X or Y and nail one.
productmanagement  decision-making  management 
9 weeks ago
Avoiding Organizational Debt – Positive Slope – Medium
Quote: Leaders who can’t make tough decisions cause teams to accumulate “organizational debt.”
management  debt  leadership  decision-making 
10 weeks ago
Linux Performance Tools: full version draft : linux
Bunch of things I've never used, useful diving board into new worlds.
linux  performance  tools 
august 2016
Dear Dad, Please Don't Vote For Donald Trump
Quote: “I am not a bit afraid of Siegfried Sassoon,” Churchill said, “That man can think. I am only afraid of people who cannot think.”
thinking  politics  values  parenting 
july 2016
When a Child Thinks Life Is Unfair, Use Game Theory - The New York Times
Four fun strategies for settling some kinds of arguments with kids.
kids  parenting  game-theory 
july 2016
My First 5 Minutes On A Server; Or, Essential Security for Linux Servers
I spend way too little time thinking about this for my personal stuff, super helpful.
security  linux  sysadmin  devops  ops 
june 2016
How The Most Successful People Poop At Work | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Someone hasn't pooped in Europe. I have a blog post in my head about pooping in Europe (awesome, usually big walls and soundproof) and peeing in Europe (stadium style, no walls, generally super open) vs. the same in the US (not soundproof but we have separators in the urinals). Anyway.
bathroom  life  emea 
june 2016
9 Things Microsoft Could Do With LinkedIn — Track Changes
Almost like he completely missed 2013 when Microsoft had LinkedIn inside of Outlook ( via the Outlook Social Connector.... which was deprecated.
outlook  microsoft  linkedin  strategy  social  acquisitions 
june 2016
Let a 1,000 flowers bloom. Then rip 999 of them out by the roots.
On engineering effectiveness / tools teams. via @mattfinlayson.
engineering  process  tools 
june 2016
A Product Manager’s Job — Medium
Keep referring to this blog post thinking that I've bookmarked it.

PS: WTF with the random anchor elements that Medium applies to their URLs?
productmanagement  product-product-product 
may 2016
Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy - The Atlantic
Quote: "What I recommend is an alternative approach, which is to become a little more aware of what it is that you're really good at, and what you enjoy doing. When you don't need to compare yourself to other people, you gravitate towards things that you instinctively enjoy doing, and you're good at, and if you just focus on that for a long enough time, then chances are very, very high that you're going to progress towards mastery anyway, and the fame and the power and the money and everything w...
psychology  intelligence  mindset  motivation  health  happiness 
may 2016
The cave divers who went back for their friends - BBC News
Unbelievable amount of mental control to pull this off. Quote: "Cave divers the world over need to have remarkable self-command, but Diving into the Unknown can be seen as a study in a character trait beloved of Finns - sisu, grit in the face of adversity."
grit  norway  adventure  mental-hacks  diving 
may 2016
Three Years in San Francisco » Mike Industries
This needed to be about 5 different essays, which could have been separately on empathy, on product managers, diversity, biases, product managers as CEO's, EQ (emotional intelligence), ideas and privilege.
empathy  employee-engagement  productmanagement  emotional-intelligence  diversity  eq  ideas  twitter 
may 2016
How to send and reply to email
Guilty of paragraphs in email, pretty good about the other stuff, a good reminder to read once a year.
email  etiquette  productivity  writing 
may 2016
The history of ‘this website is well-crafted’ hints |
I wrote code in the 1990's, 2002, 2003, 2005 but then missed custom fonts, responsive and now serviceworker. Super cool demo although all of the other things listed required no user interaction, they just "worked".
history  javascript  browser  ajax  webdev 
may 2016
Stop Crashing Planes: Charlie Munger’s Six-Element System
Quote: "We would argue that practical worldly wisdom falls into a few major buckets — these act as the closest proxy of the fixed/knowable rules we discussed above:

Numeracy. The ability to understand and think in numbers and properly quantify. This would included a basic understanding of statistics and its limitations, of probability thinking and its limitations, and basic numerical and quantitative thinking applied to the real world.
Human nature. The ability to understand the true nature of ...
learning  knowledge  mastery  farnam  checklists  thinking 
may 2016
The SiriusDecisions Product Ownership Decision Framework Overview
Have been going through this at work, PDF is embedded inside Flash after registration (boo) but has some useful content.
productmanagement  product-owner  agile 
may 2016
Golden State and the Mathematical Magic of Seventy-Three - The New Yorker
Quote: "An emirp, he explained, is a prime number that remains prime when its digits are reversed. (Emirp, of course, is “prime” spelled backward.) “Seventy-three and thirty-seven are both prime, so both are emirps.”"
math  sports  numbers 
april 2016
10 Lessons from 10 Years of Amazon Web Services - All Things Distributed
Some hard to replicate ("build evolvable systems") lessons but other non-obvious and easier ("know your resource usage") to put in place.
amazon  aws  platform  cost 
april 2016
Ensemble learning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There are entire worlds out there that I've never heard of. Came up in a meeting last week.
machine  learning  statistics  algorithms  supervised-learning 
april 2016
The Netflix Tech Blog: Fault Tolerance in a High Volume, Distributed System
Thought I had bookmarked this awhile back, really great visual introduction into circuit breakers, timeouts and failover.
architecture  distributed  netflix  scalability  circuit-breaker  distributed-systems  resilience  concurrency 
march 2016
Your Path through Agile Fluency
Going through this at work, another example of shaping an organization or a team through indirect influence, standard setting + levels.
agile  management  teams  productmanagement  metrics  process 
march 2016
Seth's Blog: The dominant narrative
Great descriptive phrase and something to watch out for, both in case you or your team get labeled with some kind of dominant narrative or as something that you hear other teams or people get labeled.
leadership  management  change  language  writing 
march 2016
How To Have An Opinion Worth Hearing
Understand causality, set aside political / religious beliefs, don't be afraid to be wrong.
communication  discussion  influence  thinking  causality  humility 
march 2016
Stevey's Google Platforms Rant I was at Amazon for about six and a half years,…
Somehow remembered Yegge's posts from back in the day this week. Wish he was still writing.
amazon  api  soa  yegge  google  communication 
march 2016
Is group chat making you sweat? — Signal v. Noise — Medium
So many good quotes in here... Also, it's not chat, it's social software in general.
slack  communication  culture  work  attention  focus 
march 2016
What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team - The New York Times
Quote: "As the researchers studied the groups, however, they noticed two behaviors that all the good teams generally shared. First, on the good teams, members spoke in roughly the same proportion, a phenomenon the researchers referred to as ‘‘equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking.’’ On some teams, everyone spoke during each task; on others, leadership shifted among teammates from assignment to assignment. But in each case, by the end of the day, everyone had spoken roughly the s...
google  teams  management  listening  psychology  team  work  collaboration  leadership 
march 2016
How to Provide Great Feedback When You're Not In Charge
Quote: "There are at least three different kinds of feedback that may be appropriate in a given situation: APPRECIATION is expression of gratitude or approval of another’s effort. It is an expression of emotion, designed to meet an emotional need. ADVICE (or COACHING) consists of suggestions about particular behavior that should be repeated or changed. It focuses on the performance, rather than judging the person. EVALUATION is ranking the subject’s performance in relation to that of others or...
feedback  leadership  management  candor  work 
march 2016
Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss | First Round Review
Lots of good stuff in this article (blog post?), similar to "fierce conversations" book I read recently. The "um" story is worth remembering.
feedback  leadership  management  conversations  candor  work 
march 2016
Telling a good story is everything — Life Tips. — Medium
Quote: Make sure you’re doing the maximally impactful thing at all times." and a number of other good ideas.
culture  twitter  management  leadership  focus 
february 2016
Volcano! The incredible rise of Iceland's national football team | Football | The Guardian
Quote: “You know how in the United States, you say ‘good job’ or ‘good boy’?’” Rafnsson says. “In Iceland, we say, ‘Hard work! That was some hard work you did there.’”

Need more duglegur in the United States.
culture  values  character  competition 
february 2016
The American Scholar: Solitude and Leadership - William Deresiewicz
Amazing, quote: "Your own reality—for yourself, not for others.” Thinking for yourself means finding yourself, finding your own reality. Here’s the other problem with Facebook and Twitter and even The New York Times. When you expose yourself to those things, especially in the constant way that people do now—older people as well as younger people—you are continuously bombarding yourself with a stream of other people’s thoughts. You are marinating yourself in the conventional wisdom. In other peop...
concentration  focus  attention  thinking  culture  twitter  facebook  leadership 
february 2016
Fan-In |
So many good observations in here, one in particular that stood out is the fact that email gives you the ability to filter and pay attention to what you want to pay attention to while Twitter / Facebook / etc. give no such filtering ability and require you to consume every notification.
culture  attention  life  tech  twitter 
february 2016
The 7 things I learned about business from Guitar Center
Lots of advice that applies to companies that are successful... and not so successful. Quote: "When you owe the bank a million, it’s your problem, but if you owe them $100 million, it’s the bank’s problem."
strategy  productmanagement  culture  finance 
january 2016
Culture Eats Strategy: Nucor's Ken Iverson on Building a Different Kind of Company
Interesting article, another great quote from the Good Strategy / Bad Strategy book that I read a couple months ago, don't think I captured this on my reading list, but it's a great quote: "The kernel of a strategy contains three elements: a diagnosis, a guiding policy, and coherent action. The guiding policy specifies the approach to dealing with the obstacles called out in the diagnosis. It is like a signpost, marking the direction forward but not defining the details of the trip. Coherent act...
business  strategy  culture  decision-making 
january 2016
(7) Mark Zuckerberg - Every year, I take on a personal challenge to...
Quote: "My challenges in recent years have been to read two books every month, learn Mandarin and meet a new person every day." I've one upped him with 3 books a month but he's got me with a new language and meeting new people.
life  values  goals 
january 2016
Trying to build a little climbing rope gym in the garage for my little dudes, very helpful guy @ REI mentioned the Texas Prusik, which I hadn't heard of before. This was also one of the only places I found on the internets that had sizing for Prusik slings.
climbing  prusik  knots 
december 2015
What can a technologist do about climate change? A personal view.
A fantastically wide and deep essay that swings from wind power to the programming language R to batteries.
climate-change  change  values  big-problems  science  programming  work 
november 2015
AWS in Plain English
Came across this a couple months, helpful if you're trying to keep up with everything AWS.
amazon  aws  reference 
november 2015
3 Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions
Great lifehack for making tough decisions: "If the issues on the table have been reasonably vetted, the choices are equally attractive, and there is still no clear answer, then admit that there is no clearly identifiable right way to go and just decide. It helps if you can make the decision smaller, with minimal investment, to test it. But if you can’t, then just make the decision. The time you save by not deliberating pointlessly will pay massive dividends in productivity."
decision-making  productivity  leadership  hbr 
november 2015
xkcd: Five-Day Forecast
At scale, nothing lasts forever.
life  culture  xkcd  permanence 
november 2015
Wealthfront: Silicon Valley Tech at Wall Street Prices — Medium
Remembered reading this awhile back, would love to see a comparison of Betterment, Wealthfront and Personal Capital.
finance  investing  wealthfront  betterment  personal-capital 
november 2015
Living in different worlds — Benedict Evans
Always good to read things like this that make you stop and think about how someone else might look at what you're building. Hat tip to @rianvdm.
design  mental-models  userfocus  tripadvisor  floppy-disk  camera 
november 2015
The Past and Future of Product Management — On Human-Centric Systems — Medium
Quote: "I believe that the future of product management rests upon our ability to embrace human complexity, in both the processes we implement to build products and the data we consult to understand customers.
I believe that product management is a fundamentally supportive and facilitative role, not a “visionary” role. (No Steve Jobses need apply.)
I believe that the distinction between “hard skills” and “soft skills” is largely counterproductive, and that the best product managers possess the c...
productmanagement  engineering  hiring  apple  product-product-product  agile 
november 2015
Forces of Character: A conversation with Gregg Popovich | HoopsHype
Enjoyed a bunch of things in this article, loved the story about the visit to the academy at the end.

Quote: "Work ethic is obvious to all of us. We do that through our scouting. For potential draft picks, we go to high school practices and to college practices to see how a player reacts to coaches and teammates. The phrase that we use is seeing whether people have “gotten over themselves.”"
character  life  culture  leadership  management  humility  motivation  coaching  basketball 
november 2015
How Medium Detects Hotspots in DynamoDB using ElasticSearch, Logstash and Kibana — Medium Engineering — Medium
Really cool next level analysis on database performance issues, ie: tools (New Relic for instance) these days make it easy to figure out if you have a slow query or a set of queries against a specific table that are slow... but in certain cases (and I've been there) you have 2% of the set of queries against a specific table that are accessing a 98% of the table, which causes huge perf issues.
databases  performance  newrelic  elk  kibana 
november 2015
The Stack That Helped Medium Drive 2.6 Millennia of Reading Time — Medium Engineering — Medium
Interesting rundown of the tech behind Medium, interestingly it looks like they only do about ~1m page views per day (assuming ~1 page view per unique user which seems like what the average would be). Interesting to note the use of ELK (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana), which is the second time I've heard that recently.
elk  amazon  medium  scalability  engineering  software 
november 2015
Awesome tool for quickly getting a CSV file with values from JSON.
data  json  tools 
october 2015
How we ended up with microservices.
More about how to manage organizational complexity at medium to large technology companies than about microservices in general, assuming I'm reading everything right.
architecture  microservices  engineering  soundcloud  bestpractice 
october 2015
The Illusion of Time — Startups, Wanderlust, and Life Hacking — Medium
Lots of great ideas around reducing the perception of waiting / slowness.
design  psychology  performance  time 
october 2015
Stop Googling. Let’s Talk. -
Quote: "Studies of conversation both in the laboratory and in natural settings show that when two people are talking, the mere presence of a phone on a table between them or in the periphery of their vision changes both what they talk about and the degree of connection they feel. People keep the conversation on topics where they won’t mind being interrupted. They don’t feel as invested in each other. Even a silent phone disconnects us."
culture  attention  relationships  focus  time 
october 2015
Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport With Anyone
Added the book to my queue, seems like the whole thing could be summarized as "don't look at your phone, focus all of your attention with all of your being on the person you're having a conversation with".
conversation  people  interaction  rapport  management 
october 2015
Stop Googling. Let’s Talk. - The New York Times
Quote: "Studies of conversation both in the laboratory and in natural settings show that when two people are talking, the mere presence of a phone on a table between them or in the periphery of their vision changes both what they talk about and the degree of connection they feel. People keep the conversation on topics where they won’t mind being interrupted. They don’t feel as invested in each other. Even a silent phone disconnects us."
culture  iphone  life  technology 
september 2015
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