What’s the luckiest thing that’s happened in your career?

I was browsing through Career Dean recently, a site that facilitates professionals to share knowledge & experience with more junior & recent college grads about the work world. It’s a great site. I saw the question What’s the luckiest thing that’s ever happened for your career? I read in John Adam’s AMA his “million dollar …

Is AWS the patient that needs constant medication?

I was just reading High Scalability about Why Swiftype moved off Amazon EC2 to Softlayer and saw great wins! We’ve all heard by now how awesome the cloud is. Spinup infrastructure instantly. Just add water! No up front costs! Autoscale to meet seasonal application demands! But less well known or even understood by most engineering …

Can entrepreneurs learn from how science beat Cholera?

When I picked up Johnson’s book, I knew nothing about Cholera. Sure I’d heard the name, but I didn’t know what a plague it was, during the 19th century. Johnson’s book is at once a thriller, of the deadly progress of the disease. But in that story, we learn of the squalor inhabitants of victorian …

Is Agile right for fixing performance issues?

I was sifting through the CTO school email list recently, and the discussion of performance tuning came up. One manager had posted asking how to organize sprints, and break down stories for the process. Join 29,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Another CTO chimed in with a response… “Agile is not right …