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 …

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. …

I have a new appreciation for Agile and not because it worked

via GIPHY A couple of years ago I worked at a startup in the online publishing space. But this story isn’t about online publishing. This story is about deadlines, and not meeting them. For those who don’t know me, I’m a professional services consultant. I’ve worked on a project basis for 90% of two plus …

Is Alex Hudson right that software architecture is failing?

via GIPHY I read Hacker News aka Ycombinator’s popular top 100. I never fail to find useful, surprising & stimulating reading there. I recently stumbled on Alex Hudson’s software architecture is failing. It’s very good, I recommend reading it. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. But why did it grab my …

Marching towards continuous deployment

If you’re like a lot of small dev teams & startups, you’ve dreamed of jumping on the continuous deployment train, but still aren’t quite there. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. You’ve got your code in some sort of repository. Now what? As it turns out the concepts aren’t terribly complicated. …

Are you getting errors building Amazon lambda functions? Don’t fret I got you!

This post has gotten popular. So I wrote a better easier guide to diving into serverless lambda here. It’s quicker. I promise! Why does Amazon make lambda functions so hard to create? Well my guess is that when you live at the bleeding edge you should expect to get scrapes!! Check out: How daily notes …

Some thoughts on 12 factor apps

I was talking with a colleague recently about an upcoming project. In the summary of technologies, he listed 12 factor, microservices, containers, orchestration, CI and nodejs. All familiar to everyone out there, right? Join 28,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Actually it was the first I had heard of 12 factor, so …

Are open source projects run like a democracy or an oligarchy?

I was reading Fred Wilson’s comments recently on The Bitcoin XT Fork. In it he discussed how open source developers manage their projects. “A group of open source core developers are a democratic system.” I was surprised by this comment because I had never thought if it as democratic. Here are my thoughts… Join 28,000 …

What happens when you combine devops & continuous delivery into a card game?

Join 25,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Alex Papadimoulis & the guys at Inedo put together CodeMash The Game an interesting game for a new twist to conference going. Now they’re at it again with a kickstarter to build Release! a game about devops & continuous delivery. 1. Bring your team together …

Why startups need techops

I was at a talk recently on node.js. Even if I’m not working with a technology directly, it’s exciting to see what’s out there, and node.js is bringing some hyper fast performance to a certain category of web applications. During the keynote, the speaker mentioned a service to deploy applications on. I can’t name names …