Being a start-up CTO (or ‘how I fired myself enough times to finally become CTO’)
"It’s one challenge to be CTO in a ‘normal’ startup, it’s quite a separate challenge to also be at the forefront of a new category. I’ll post separately about the category challenges, but first, here’s my functional CTO story..."
jobs  scalability  startups  product_management  dopost  learning 
6 days ago
Testing Strategies in a Microservice Architecture
"Here, we plan to discuss a number of approaches for managing the additional testing complexity of multiple independently deployable components as well as how to have tests and the application remain correct despite having multiple teams each acting as guardians for different services."
microservices  testing  architecture  dopost 
7 days ago
ReMarkable tablet review: The high price of getting that paper feeling | Ars Technica
"But the company reMarkable is trying to expand E Ink's use with the reMarkable paper tablet, a slab with a 10.3-inch E Ink display and an included stylus. Not only is it meant to be a reading device, but the reMarkable is designed to replace pretty much any papers you have to bring with you anywhere—books, documents, notes, sketches, and the like."
review  tablets  productivity  dopost  hardware 
11 days ago
Georgia defends voting system despite 243-percent turnout in one precinct | Ars Technica
"Georgia is one of four states in the US that continues to use voting machines with no ability to provide voters a paper record so that they can verify the machine counted their vote correctly."
voting  security  failure  dopost 
13 days ago
A Waco week, as Corbynistas do politics in the paranoid style | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian
"As for suggestions that Corbyn might make a conciliatory speech at the Jewish Museum in London, my favourite detail was the initial suggestion it would happen on Friday night. Oh man … Friday night. Any Jews got anything on?"
jeremy_corbyn  antisemitism  labour_party  analysis  politics 
16 days ago
Practising the Piano The Three Little Pigs - Practising the Piano
"[For] The player who builds his house out of bricks [...] the journey is just as important as the destination. Here are some of the principles he works by..."
piano  advice  learning  music 
19 days ago
Managing in the presence of uncertainty
A huge number of slides with lots of info about risk and uncertainty, classficiation, and ideas for dealing with those in projects
risk_management  presentation  uncertainty 
22 days ago
ferd.ca -> The Zen of Erlang
"If you've ever looked at Erlang before, you've heard about that "Let it crash" motto. My first encounter with it had me wondering what the hell this was about. Erlang was supposed to be great for concurrency and fault tolerance, and here I was being told to let things crash..."
presentation  erlang  programming  distributed_computing  dopost 
24 days ago
Inside the Mind of Donald Trump - POLITICO Magazine
"Trump’s psychological disposition has profound implications for our personal, national and international security."
donald_trump  psychology  analysis 
24 days ago
Why I’m No Longer a Russiagate Skeptic - POLITICO Magazine
"Facts are piling up, and it’s getting harder to deny what’s staring us in the face."
russia  donald_trump  vladimir_putin  usa  conspiracies  politics 
4 weeks ago
Goodbye Microservices: From 100s of problem children to 1 superstar · Segment Blog
"It seemed as if we were falling from the microservices tree, hitting every branch on the way down. Instead of enabling us to move faster, the small team found themselves mired in exploding complexity. Essential benefits of this architecture became burdens. As our velocity plummeted, our defect rate exploded."
microservices  failure  architecture  dopost 
5 weeks ago
Axiologik | Turning The Tides – 8 Key Areas Of Exploration For Leadership Grappling With Struggling Programmes
"...a fair chunk of our work is helping clients understand where transformation programmes are struggling and then working closely with them to establish and execute recovery plans. Typically, the challenges we find clients facing boil down into 8 key areas and we thought it may be of use to list those out..."
transformation  failure  dopost 
5 weeks ago
How the psychology of the England football team could change your life | Football | The Guardian
"England players seem happier and more grounded – and much of the credit goes to psychologist Pippa Grange. What can the team’s approach teach us all about facing fear and failure?"
football  psychology  sport 
6 weeks ago
Why the fuss about serverless? – Hacker Noon
"If it helps, serverless is roughly where Infrastructure as a Service (e.g. cloud) was in late 2007. [...] If you currently have regrets about not moving fast enough back then, just know you’re about to make the same mistake again."
business_strategy  serverless  cloud_computing  dopost  devops 
6 weeks ago
How Adobe productivity increased after an executive leaked HR plans to press - Business Insider Deutschland
"Rather than rely on the human resources team to conduct sessions or base compensation off of feedback from those sessions, the new system asked leaders throughout the company take charge of the process and compensate employees based on things like performance."
adobe  remuneration  performance  human_resources  management  dopost 
6 weeks ago
New information about cyber risk is alarming | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"Six in ten (56%) report that their organisation has suffered a ransomware attack in the last 12 months, compared to under half (48%) who said the same in 2016. Of those whose organisation has suffered a ransomware attack in the last 12 months, they have had to defend against five ransomware attacks during this period, on average."
risk_management  ransomware  dopost  security 
6 weeks ago
The Shocking Secret About Static Types – JavaScript Scene – Medium
"When it comes to bug reduction, I think it’s fair to say: Static types are overrated. But when it comes to other features, static types are still cool, and may still be worth using. Bottom line: You want to reduce bugs? Use TDD. You want useful code intelligence tools? Use static types."
software  bugs  testing  test_driven_development  dopost  javascript  typescript 
7 weeks ago
How to Play Faster – Part 1 | World of Piano
"In my experience striving to play faster rarely works, and often results in playing even slower, or at least more sloppily. It is more effective to take an indirect approach, and to eliminate the obstacles to playing fast."
piano  learning  speed  advice 
7 weeks ago
Practising the Piano Enjoying Ultra-Slow Practice - Practising the Piano
"...the author describes a time he showed up for a lesson with Rachmaninov and overhead him practising – but so slowly that he didn’t recognise the piece at first."
music  rachmaninov 
8 weeks ago
The Curse of Culture – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
"Microsoft under Nadella’s leadership has, over the last three years, undergone a tremendous transformation, [...] How much stronger might the company have been had it faced reality in 2007, but the culture made that impossible."
culture  history  microsoft  leadership  apple  business 
8 weeks ago
Why hypothetical thinking is only a pale imitation of real life | Oliver Burkeman | Life and style | The Guardian
"Hypothetical thinking, in short, can only ever be a pale imitation of real life. On balance, that’s good news: a reason to worry less about the future, and trust that, if the situation you’re fretting about occurs, you might surprise yourself by knowing precisely what to do."
decision_making  psychology  dopost 
8 weeks ago
The man who was fired by a machine - BBC News
"The story of Mr Diallo's sacking by machine began when his entry pass to the Los Angeles skyscraper where his office was based failed to work, forcing him to rely on the security guard to allow him entry."
artificial_intelligence  jobs  failure  weird  dopost 
8 weeks ago
The crooked timber of humanity | 1843
"The world’s first national data network was constructed in France during the 1790s. It was a mechanical telegraph system, consisting of chains of towers, each of which had a system of movable wooden arms on top."
history  crime  security  hacking  dopost  networks 
8 weeks ago
Slack’s Stewart Butterfield on coping with rapid growth | Financial Times
"Trust is like “gravity”, he says, “it falls off very quickly”."
trust  slack  interview  leadership  dopost 
8 weeks ago
Seven Microservices Anti-patterns
"This brings me to share some of the lessons that I learned as part of my journey so that you can keep an eye on these items when you hit the road with Microservices."
microservices  advice  soa  architecture 
9 weeks ago
Calçado's Microservices Prerequisites
"With a single monolith it is ok to have a cumbersome and very manual deployment process. [...] With microservices it becomes the other way around: a single change to a single feature might require deploying many services. You will have to perform many deployments of different services, and it is important that each one of these deployments is inexpensive and has very low risk."
architecture  microservices  automation 
9 weeks ago
Best Practices for Building a Microservice Architecture
"I wanted to document a set of pragmatic practices that fit well with modern web and cloud technologies. I've tried to learn from those that have gone down this path before (i.e. Netflix, Soundcloud, Google, Amazon, Spotify, etc) in order to get more right than wrong."
microservices  advice  architecture 
9 weeks ago
10 Tips for failing badly at Microservices by David Schmitz - YouTube
"So, if you want to make sure that you absolutely and definitely fail at your Microservice project, then watch this talk and learn how."
video  microservices  failure 
9 weeks ago
Why automated continuous integration is a must for microservices success
"Microservice architectures put a tremendous amount of pressure on the testing infrastructure. You need to have a good CI strategy and automated testing harness to make sure that you can test all the edge cases and all the different integration points between the services."
microservices  continuous_deployment  testing  automation  dopost  advice 
9 weeks ago
"...with microservices there are serious consequences for operations[...]. Consequently if you don't have certain baseline competencies, you shouldn't consider using the microservice style."
advice  micropayments  dopost 
10 weeks ago
How to clear or remove domain-applied group policy settings after leaving the domain - Super User
"The machine was in a domain where it got those group policy settings. Now it has left the domain but it still receives the settings from the group policy. For example, the power options."
windows  advice 
11 weeks ago
How to See Which Group Policies Are Applied to Your PC and User Account
"...the tool shows you a management console that looks very much like the Local Group Policy Editor—except that it only displays enabled settings along with a few unconfigured security settings."
windows  tool  tips 
11 weeks ago
How to turn an old Wi-Fi router into an access point - CNET
ĆInstead of getting rid of that old and busted Wi-Fi router, you can use it instead to extend the Wi-Fi coverage of your home. Here's how."
wifi  networking  tips 
12 weeks ago
How To Use an Old Router to Expand Your Wi-Fi Network - Tested
"Turning an old router into a wireless access point is simple and takes about 15 minutes, and it will expand your wireless network's coverage area. Here's how to do it."
networking  tips  wifi 
12 weeks ago
Should we “tear up the risk appetite” statement? | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"[Lauren Gow says] A risk appetite document is a vertical silo tool. And it is being used during a period when most businesses are pushing for more horizontal, integrated ways of working."
risk_management  dopost 
12 weeks ago
Elon Musk wants to crowdsource truth, but that’s not how the internet works - The Verge
"[Elon Musk's] Pravda is not just a bad idea; it’s a dangerous one for the internet, truth, and democracy. Let me explain why."
truth  crowdsourcing  propaganda  analysis  dopost 
12 weeks ago
Carillion - Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Work and Pensions Committees - House of Commons
"Carillion’s rise and spectacular fall was a story of recklessness, hubris and greed. Its business model was a relentless dash for cash, driven by acquisitions, rising debt, expansion into new markets and exploitation of suppliers."
carrillion  report  dopost  risk_management  failure 
may 2018
Let’s play the blame game! Never In The Office
"Dammit, I’m the boss. I’m in charge and I’m in control! If I say we don’t have a blame culture, we don’t have one. If you don’t agree, then you’re the problem. In other words it’s your fault!"
blame  working_practices  dopost 
may 2018
In the lab with Xbox’s new Adaptive Controller, which may change gaming forever | Ars Technica
"When it came to designing a more accessible controller, though, members of the design team had to get into a mindset outside of the standard controller use cases they were familiar with. Thus, again and again, a mantra was repeated during the preview event: by leaving any gamers in the cold, the standard controller just wasn't good enough."
xbox  accessibility  hardware  inclusivity  dopost 
may 2018
The journey to an agile organization at Zalando | McKinsey & Company
"We evolved a simple prioritization model to focus on the customer, on company priorities, and on local priorities; this was an incredible unlocking mechanism, allowing people to make decisions without needing to align. Simultaneously through that, we managed to significantly reduce work in progress."
agile  case_study  clothing  dopost 
may 2018
Digging deep for organizational innovation | McKinsey & Company
"Hilcorp began embracing agile practices long before they were buzzwords, has put in place an innovative compensation system emphasizing fairness and shared rewards, and is comfortable that only half of the goals emerging from its planning process will be met."
agile  beyond_budgeting  oil_industry  dopost  case_study 
may 2018
a16z Podcast: Feedback Loops — Company Culture, Change, and DevOps – Andreessen Horowitz
"But what is DevOps, really? And beyond the definitions and history, where does DevOps fit into the broader history and landscape of other tech movements (such as lean manufacturing, agile development, lean startups, microservices)? Finally, what kinds of companies are truly receptive to change, beyond so-called organizational “maturity” scores? And for pete’s sake, can we figure out how to measure software productivity already?? All this and more in this episode!"
devops  productivity  podcast  interview  dopost 
may 2018
Bits or pieces?: Ten basic rules for dealing with strategy consultants
"I thought I'd just spell out my ten basic rules of dealing with strategy consultants and how to spot and react to a dud."
business_strategy  advice  humour 
april 2018
Babe Ruth and Feature Lists – GV Library
"I asked the group to pretend they each had one hundred dollars of Google’s money to spend. How would they stack formatting bugs against these other improvements? [...] One woman said: “I spend one hundred dollars on formatting, then I take another hundred of my own money out of my own damn wallet and spend that on fixing formatting.”"
features  product_development  product_management  google_docs  dopost  prioritisation 
april 2018
Rapid release at massive scale | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code | Facebook
"We decided to move facebook.com to a quasi-continuous “push from master” system in April 2016. Over the next year, we gradually rolled it out, first to 50 percent of employees, then from 0.1 percent to 1 percent to 10 percent of production web traffic."
facebook  continuous_deployment 
april 2018
Deploying at GitHub | The GitHub Blog
"...here are a couple of stats for build and deploy activity company-wide so far in 2012: 41,679 builds, 12,602 deploys"
github  continuous_deployment 
april 2018
Ray Ozzie’s plan for unlocking encrypted phones gets a chilly reception | Ars Technica
"Almost as soon as the Wired article was published, security experts and privacy advocates took to social media to criticize Clear. Little of their critiques was new."
cryptography  patent  mobiles  crime  dopost 
april 2018
How significant is the risk of fraud? | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"The best resource for understanding the level of fraud risk is the Association of Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) annual Report to the Nations, their global study of occupational fraud and abuse."
fraud  risk_management  report 
april 2018
PCI-DSS and continuous deployment at Etsy - Continuous Delivery
"At DevOpsDays Mountain View I was lucky enough to get some time with Michael Rembetsy, Director of Operations Engineering at Etsy, which manages to be PCI-DSS compliant while practicing continuous deployment. In this short interview, he describes how they do it."
pci_compliance  compliance  devops  continuous_deployment  dopost 
april 2018
Exclusive: Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess - The Verge
"Given how fractious the history has been here, I’m sort of impressed that Google got everybody to call this feature “Chat” instead of “AT&T super premium advanced messaging plus” or whatever. As of this writing, 55 carriers, 11 OEMs, and two operating system providers have all pledged to either adopt or switch over to the system."
google  messaging  telecoms  android  chat  dopost 
april 2018
"An Immutable Server is [...] a server that once deployed, is never modified, merely replaced with a new updated instance.2
devops  automation  dopost 
april 2018
High performing teams know more about trust
"Delivering something on-time is key to building trust. But customers can distrust people who want to limit scope in order to achieve early deliverables. Previous disappointments (they never got the functionality they wanted) mean they assume the first release will be the only one. So they include everything in a gold plated wish-list through lack of trust."
trust  delivery  teams  dopost 
april 2018
Practising the Piano Practice Tips from Itzhak Perlman - Practising the Piano
"Perlman stresses the need for slow practice, in small sections. Also, your practice has to be mindful, not mindless. Have an agenda, and know what you want to achieve. Don’t repeat anything without hearing what you’re doing, because whatever you practise you embed. It’s also important to have patience."
piano  learning  advice 
april 2018
Causal Capital: Self-Healing Risk Solutions
"Perhaps one of the learning takeaways we should acknowledge with Self-Healing Risk Solutions is that the concept reverses the function of reliability to scale, in that the larger and more complex the scale, the more effective, efficient and reliable you become."
risk_management  power_distribution  scalability  self_healing_systems  dopost 
april 2018
Cyber security and information risk guidance for Audit Committees - National Audit Office (NAO)
"Audit committees should be scrutinising cyber security arrangements. To aid them, this guidance complements government advice by setting out high-level questions and issues for audit committees to consider."
auditing  risk_management  cyber_security  security  dopost 
march 2018
Four ways to keep the daily scrum from being about status | Scrum.org
"The heart of the daily scrum is to use it as a micro planning and coordination session for the next 24 hours, not so everyone can share their status. Status can be gleaned from a simple task board, a burndown, a burnup, or other information radiators."
scrum  advice  dopost 
march 2018
Let’s talk about risk appetite | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"...there was general agreement (with a few dissenting) that the concept of risk appetite is flawed and its value in practice is limited, but it cannot be ignored: the regulators and others (rightly or wrongly) insist on it – at least for financial services organizations."
march 2018
The fight against illegal deforestation with TensorFlow
"We’ve hidden modified smartphones powered with solar panels—called “Guardian” devices—in trees in threatened areas, and continuously monitor the sounds of the forest, sending all audio up to our cloud-based servers over the standard, local cell-­phone network."
march 2018
Introduction to Statistical Learning
"This book provides an introduction to statistical learning methods. It is aimed for upper level undergraduate students, masters students and Ph.D."
march 2018
Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook 'mindfuck tool' could be totally useless | WIRED UK
"Experts have cast doubts on the research company's controversial Facebook data scraping and argue it might actually have made ad targeting worse. Was it all just a waste of time?"
march 2018
Video suggests huge problems with Uber’s driverless car program | Ars Technica
"Indeed, it's entirely possible to imagine a self-driving car system that always follows the letter of the law—and hence never does anything that would lead to legal finding of fault—but is nevertheless way more dangerous than the average human driver. Indeed, such a system might behave a lot like Uber's cars do today."
march 2018
Introduction to dplyr
"This document introduces you to dplyr’s basic set of tools, and shows you how to apply them to data frames. dplyr also supports databases via the dbplyr package, once you’ve installed, read vignette("dbplyr") to learn more."
r  library 
march 2018
Risk Management – The 3 Lines of Defense for Good Risk Management
"Today, a new governance model is gaining popularity. The “three lines of defense” (3LoD) model mobilizes three separate groups—business managers, central risk and compliance management teams, and internal auditors—to work together at different stages to provide increased protection against an ever-widening array of risks."
risk_management  management  auditing  dopost 
march 2018
The limits of our language… – Risk Reflections
"And after more than 10 years in audit, risk management and compliance, I think it is the risk functions who have to adapt their language and thinking more to business and management. It is not (primarily) management who needs to be educated more about (downside) risks and formal, heuristic risk “management tools”, periodic review of risk registers and dots on heat maps."
risk_management  language  dopost 
march 2018
How Amazon Became Corporate America’s Nightmare
"Other companies become verbs because of their products: to Google or to Xerox. Amazon became a verb because of the damage it can inflict on other companies. To be Amazoned means to have your business crushed because the company got into your industry. And fear of being Amazoned has become such a defining feature of commerce, it’s easy to forget the phenomenon has arisen mostly in about three years."
amazon  business_strategy  dopost 
march 2018
Introducing Buffer's Salary Calculator & New Salary Formula
"It’s been over 2 years since we first shared our transparent salary formula; we’ve been truly blown away by the response we’ve seen."
salaries  transparency  openness  buffer  dopost  management 
march 2018
A beginner’s guide to using My Get Me There: Manchester’s hilarious attempt at reinventing London’s…
"Those of you who haven’t given up by this point might say that all of these rules and regs negate the benefits of a ticketless system. [...] If that’s the case, you honestly may as well bail out here because you ain’t seen nothing yet."
ticketing  product_development  launch  manchester  public_transport  dopost 
march 2018
‘Blockchain’ is meaningless - The Verge
“A bunch of states are really in a rush to pass some sort of legislation to demonstrate how crypto-friendly or tech-savvy they are, [...] Many of them are putting definitions of blockchain technology in these statutes, and from my perspective, they are very problematic definitions.”
blockchain  law  dopost 
march 2018
Risk Management and ISO 31000
"An overview of the ISO 31000 standard for risk management."
iso31000  risk_management  frameworks  presentation 
march 2018
What is an Influence Diagram? | Analytica Software
"An influence diagram is an intuitive visual display of a decision problem. It depicts the key elements, including decisions, uncertainties, and objectives as nodes of various shapes and colors. It shows influences among them as arrows."
uncertainty  visualisation  decision_making  dopost 
march 2018
Amazon admits Alexa is creepily laughing at people and is working on a fix - The Verge
"Over the past few days, users with Alexa-enabled devices have reported hearing strange, unprompted laughter. Amazon responded to the creepiness in a statement to The Verge, saying, “We’re aware of this and working to fix it.”"
weird  amazon  amazon_alexa  artificial_intelligence  dopost 
march 2018
Managing Risks: A New Framework
"In this article, we present a new categorization of risk that allows executives to tell which risks can be managed through a rules-based model and which require alternative approaches. We examine the individual and organizational challenges inherent in generating open, constructive discussions about managing the risks related to strategic choices and argue that companies need to anchor these discussions in their strategy formulation and implementation processes. We conclude by looking at how organizations can identify and prepare for nonpreventable risks that arise externally to their strategy and operations."
risk  risk_management  framework 
march 2018
The Agile Coaching DNA – ChangingDojo – Medium
"To provide this enablement, Agile Coaches can work on five elements (see the image above): Catalyse Improvement, Promote Awareness, Boost Ownership, Develop Competencies, and Facilitate Barrier Removal."
agile  coaching  dopost 
march 2018
Causal Capital: The shape of risk
"Risk practitioners who evaluate risk as a single number will miss the shape of uncertainty."
uncertainty  risk  maths  visualisation  dopost 
march 2018
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