Are you ready to try consulting?

via GIPHY Well it’s been a minute since I blogged, but we’re back! I had a hack, and the site was down for a time, but it feels good to be putting the proverbial pen to paper again. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I was flipping through yCombinator News recently, …

I’m building a startup. What should I watch out for?

via GIPHY I’ve worked with close to 200 startups over the years. So I’ve seen a lot of stuff. Some of the get-rich-quick managed to get broke even quicker. And others saw great engineers leave behind a clunky maze of an architecture with little or no documtation. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on …

Do simpler systems fail better?

via GIPHY I was recently reading Greg Kogan’s blog Simple Systems have less downtime. It really caught my attention. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. As a professional services consultant over the years, I’ve worked with almost 200 firms. And many of those required unraveling of complex systems. And systems that …

When should I use Ansible versus packer or Terraform?

via GIPHY I was having a conversation with a colleague recently. We wee discussing devops, and the topic of Ansible came up as I was advocating it as a great too to get things done. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Here’s what he had to say… — quote — I’ve …

Should I join this new startup Delicious Data?

via GIPHY I’ve been asked this before by folks. Hey, you know technology, what stock picks would you recommend? Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. It’s a tough question, with a lot of intangibles. It’s no wonder people ask friends for advice. You have to think about what matters to you? …

Do you fear you are an imposter? Join the club

via GIPHY I was reading another delicious hacker news thread, this time on a psychology question. How do you work with the fear of your own incompetence? Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. It’s a great question. I’ve had this suspicion for years, and it was only after stumbling on psychology …

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 …

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. …