Three big things I learned from 30 years of consulting

via GIPHY Ok truth be told, it’s only been 25 years, but that didn’t flow as nicely in a title. What can I say? Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. But seriously, thinking through those decades, I felt like piecing together the big themes. While many folks work at one firm …

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, …

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 …

How do you hire the best talent in a competitive marketplace?

via GIPHY Kapwing, a scrappy startup out of SF wrote this excellent piece how they hired 10 employees in the very tight bay area market. It caught my attention because the demand for great people has never been higher. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Here are the ways they found …

Thinking deeply about Amazon cloud & infrastructure code

via GIPHY If you’re building anything in the public cloud these days, you’re probably using some automation. There are a lot of ways to reach the goal posts, and a lot of tools to choose from. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. In my case I’ve put Terraform to use over …

Has Apple jumped the shark or is app complexity out of control?

I was recently using my mac. I say that in jest. Because like all digital creatures, moderns, everyone with a pulse these days I suppose, like all those people I use my mac everyday. So when I see something strange, it’s rather jarring. Because when you use a device everyday, you become quite familiar with …

Are you getting good at Terraform or wrestling with a bear?

via GIPHY Terraform can do some amazing things, but it can be a real headache sometimes. It can remind you that it’s a fledgling child in some ways. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I ran into a number of errors and frequent problems, so I thought I’d summarize those solutions. …

My answers to some CS career questions

via GIPHY I flip through Reddit from time to time. One sub that I enjoy is CS Career Questions. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I guess I enjoy posting and sharing knowledge there, because many of the questions seem so familiar, as ones that I pondered at some point or …

Is on-demand consulting the answer to your hiring woes?

via GIPHY A consultant costs more per hour than a developer you can hire right? That depends! Join 33,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. A big firm may cost a few thousand per day. But a smaller firm or one-man shop can bring you savings in line with a team hire. 1. …