What do the best engineers do better?

via GIPHY I’m fascinated by this topic. I recently found another thread on HN about it What do top engineers you know do that others don’t. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. As always for hacker news, there’s a feisty debate about what such character includes. Here’s my take. 1. Tackle …

Is Fred Wilson right about dealing in an honest, direct & transparent way?

via GIPHY I was just reading Fred Wilson’s excellent blog AVC. While I enjoy & respect his work immensely, I don’t always agree with what he has to say. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. The recent post was titled No Shenanigans. He writes that these are part of Twiliio’s company …

What mistakes did you make when starting as a consultant ?

via GIPHY I was recently reading a Hacker News thread on mistakes made in consulting. While most of the discussion I didn’t agree with folks *at all*, it did get me thinking about my own lessons. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Since these threads in HN often end up in …

Mailchimp fraudulently charged my credit card for spambot activity… Really!

via GIPHY Wait seriously, you ask? Isn’t Mailchimp in the business of identifying, and protecting us from spam? Uh, yes indeed they are. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I’m still in disbelief myself. And while I got the problem cleared up in the end, I really have to share the …

Did Disney have to fail?

via GIPHY Well it was a big day for Disney a couple of weeks ago when they launched the much anticipated Disney+ streaming service. And of course as widely reported, they had a really bad outage. We’ve heard the old refrain before. We never saw traffic like this before. We were absolutely buried. Join 35,000 …

When I found gold in my customer archives

via GIPHY I’m good at keeping notes. I’ve blogged about Can progress reports & daily notes help engagements succeed. I would give that an emphatic YES! From helping with communication, to sharing arcane details about blocking issues, struggles & hurdles, notes can illuminate things that a CTO or manager may not otherwise be aware of. …

How crazy can Kubernetes get?

Brilliant Dilbert comic. Hitting a little too close to home… pic.twitter.com/axDlwj7bYB — Daniel Dib (@danieldibswe) September 5, 2019 I was flipping through Reddit and found this hilarious post referencing a Scott Adams Dilbert strip on Kubernetes. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. What I found even funnier were the comments on …

How to think like a senior engineer

via GIPHY I just read this story the Art of interrupting engineers. While much of what I read was pretty obvious from the engineer’s perspective, the product & project manager perspective was illustrative. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. There are definitely things that senior or more experienced engineers do differently. …

How can 1% of something equal nothing?

via GIPHY I just read this painful story My company sold for $100 million and I got zilch. How can that be?. I felt apalled. I was a little sick to my stomach actually. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Is it possible to work for years, putting blood sweat & …

Why maintenance sometimes a forgotten art?

via GIPHY Just finished reading the excellent Why do people neglect maintenance?. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. With a wide ranging discussion, from cultural myths to cognitive biases, there are a lot of reasons why your organization may not be giving maintenance the attention it deserves. Here are some thoughts… …