- The Curse of Culture – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
SO many good quotes out of this: "… culture is not something that begets success, rather, it is a product of it. As with most such things, culture is one of a company’s most powerful assets right until it isn’t: the same underlying assumptions that permit an organization to scale massively constrain the ability of that same organization to change direction." "… This is the power CEOs have. They cannot do all the work, and they cannot impact industry trends beyond their control. But they ca…
(categories: culture google business management leadership )
- Engineering Deadlines: How Engineers Benefit From Delivery Dates
Quote: "Deadlines help us stay focused, aligned and driven – and can be used to keep project scope in check"
(categories: roadmap dates deadlines software productmanagement )
- How Superhuman Built an Engine to Find Product/Market Fit | First Round Review
Quote: "In essence, it’s better to make something that a small number of people want a large amount, rather than a product that a large number of people want a small amount. In my view, the product/market fit engine process of narrowing the market massively optimizes for a product that a small number of people want a large amount."
(categories: startup product product-market-fit )
- Everyone is a designer. Get over it. – GV Library
Quote: "… Maybe that’s why so many designers are offended when non-designers do design work or get called “designers” by Jared and me. You can act offended if you want, but the reality is that other people are making design decisions with or without you. Embrace them . They don’t make your job less valuable. They don’t make your job title less meaningful."
(categories: design ux designthinking )
- Some notes on running new software in production – Julia Evans
Quote: "At 99.99%, it’s different. That’s 45 minutes / year of downtime, and if you find out about a serious issue for the first time in production it could easily take you 20 minutes or to revert the change. That’s half your uptime budget for the year!"
(categories: reliability envoy kubernetes deployment )
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- The RED Method: How to Instrument Your Services | Grafana Labs Blog
RED (throughput, errors, response time) & the 4 Golden Signals (response time, throughput, errors, capacity).
(categories: monitoring red golden-signals operations performance )
- October 21 post-incident analysis | The GitHub Blog
43s of lost connectivity resulted in 24 hours of service degradation.
(categories: post-mortem change root-cause-assessment github resiliency )
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Platforms
Quote amongst many useful tidbits: "… The platform should provide a team with self-service access. Specifically it should allow for self-service provisioning, self-service configuration, and self-service management and operation of the platform capabilities and assets."
(categories: devops architecture platform martinfowler engineering )
- A Reality Check for IBM’s AI Ambitions – MIT Technology Review
Quote: "… In February of this year, the University of Texas, which runs M.D. Anderson, announced it had shuttered the project, leaving the medical center out $39 million in payments to IBM—for a project originally contracted at $2.4 million."
(categories: ai machinelearning ibm medicine health )
- Apple’s Tim Cook: The Genius Behind Steve Jobs (Fortune, 2008) | Fortune
Quote: "One day back then, he convened a meeting with his team, and the discussion turned to a particular problem in Asia. “This is really bad,” Cook told the group. “Someone should be in China driving this.” Thirty minutes into that meeting Cook looked at Sabih Khan, a key operations executive, and abruptly asked, without a trace of emotion, “Why are you still here?” Khan, who remains one of Cook’s top lieutenants to this day, immediately stood up, drove to San Francisco International Airport, …
(categories: business leadership focus )