Developer productivity, y'all. It is a three TRILLION dollar opportunity, per the stripe report.
Eng managers and directors, we have got to stop asking for "more headcount" and start treating this like the systems problem that it is. https://t.co/XJ0CkFdgiO
When people often have to spend weeks just to get a local development environment up, there is a lot to improve. \U0001f641— Daniel Schildt (@autiomaa) December 20, 2020
(the stripe report is here: https://t.co/SbyZDarWr9)
By my calculations, that would reclaim 3 engineers worth of capacity given a team of just 17-18 people.
But also, we are wasting a fuck load of people's valuable time and energy, all because we refuse to improve our pipeline and fulfill the real promise of Continuous Delivery.
But it's not. It's the brutal grind of detangling stupid problems that should never have existed, repeatedly, with your eyes taped closed.
It's getting woken up in the middle of the night. It's flappy pages. For deprecated code.
And let us be clear: this is a fucking management problem. The fact that developer productivity is not high on every VP, director, and manager 2021 goals is a management failure.
You've seen this graph, right? (The yellow bubble is the "elite" teams.)
Then they tend to that shit, and don't let it drift.
I am sure there are exceptions, but increasingly I see this as a manager/director/VP eng problem.
Hear me out. I don't have it out for y'all; I've known some stellar nontech EMs.
That's a hard line for an EM to take with upper management (none of whom may have read or care about DORA reports or Accelerate).
EMs who don't have that personal grounded knowledge? Nah. I can't imagine going out on this limb based on hearsay. I sure wouldn't.
Anyone who walls you off with people OR tech isn't acting in your interest long term.
Moral of the story? (Morals?)
If you are an engineer, set yourself a goal that 2020 is the last year you leak time working for a place without observability and CD. Find one or help your job become one, but don't get left behind.
(If you *don't* know...catch up I guess)
The power to change the lives of engineers and teams around the world *dramatically* for the better rests primarily with you.
You span worlds. You have the moral authority of the doer and the influence.
But what is the point of power and influence if you don't haul it out when a mountain needs moving?
This fucking mountain, lol. Burn it to the grond. 😈
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Some lay the blame for this on @boicy with the whole microservices thing.
(Admittedly, @nicolefv, @jezhumble and @realgenekim didn’t help when they statistically proved that he might have been onto something with all that de-coupling and team-alignment…)
However I don’t blame him at all.
I think he saved us; bringing us back to the path of value-delivery and independent services, but now with added independent teams.
But one thing is clear. Microservices need more architecture, not less (as do other forms of #Accelerate-style software organisation).
(See https://t.co/B2hWmXhIqe if you need convincing)
I mean, all those pesky slices we need to carve up our monoliths (or were they big balls of mud?) That’s a significant amount of work right there…
DEAD PEOPLE SCORED FOR BUFFALO!
A truck delivered off a suitcase full of points at halftime from Canada for Buffalo.
I’ll be submitting sworn affidavits from Steelers fans than they saw the Buffalo rigging the game but I want to emphasize that I’m not under oath.
Poly Bridge has a language SLIDER.
all languages exist on a spectrum from English to 한국어
next I want to see a game with a "choose language" button and it brings up this language map like it's a skill tree
gonna spend 200 XP to unlock Tamil
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You are interviewed for multiple skills simultaneously. Cognitive skills, communication, leadership are a few to name. If the point is not finding a solution, then what is it? Let me explain.
Your interviewers try to understand what it feels like to work with you on a daily basis. An interview question is just a tool in achieving that, it is not there to specifically measure your skills on a topic but a tool to understand the depth of your thinking.
Before the interview starts, ask them what they want to get out of this interview. Good interviewers should already have a plan and a set of expectations. Ask them what you should do. Don't start coding yet. Ask them you should produce. Discussion, diagrams, pseudo code, code?
Then, start cracking the question. List whatever questions you think it is important to solve this question, ask your edge cases. Get to a point where you are discussing about pros/cons of the solutions. These steps are critical. Don't just start coding. Have a consensus first.
Why is this the most powerful question you can ask when attempting to reach an agreement with another human being or organization?
A thread, co-written by @deanmbrody:
Next level tactic when closing a sale, candidate, or investment:— Erik Torenberg (@eriktorenberg) February 27, 2018
Ask: \u201cWhat needs to be true for you to be all in?\u201d
You'll usually get an explicit answer that you might not get otherwise. It also holds them accountable once the thing they need becomes true.
2/ First, “X” could be lots of things. Examples: What would need to be true for you to
- “Feel it's in our best interest for me to be CMO"
- “Feel that we’re in a good place as a company”
- “Feel that we’re on the same page”
- “Feel that we both got what we wanted from this deal
3/ Normally, we aren’t that direct. Example from startup/VC land:
Founders leave VC meetings thinking that every VC will invest, but they rarely do.
Worse over, the founders don’t know what they need to do in order to be fundable.
4/ So why should you ask the magic Q?
To get clarity.
You want to know where you stand, and what it takes to get what you want in a way that also gets them what they want.
It also holds them (mentally) accountable once the thing they need becomes true.
5/ Staying in the context of soliciting investors, the question is “what would need to be true for you to want to invest (or partner with us on this journey, etc)?”
Multiple responses to this question are likely to deliver a positive result.