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 …

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 …

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 …

What does DEV OPS mean?

via GIPHY I was recently interviewed by Victor Farcic. He asked me a lot of interesting questions. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. One really struck me that I thought was important, about the whole devops movement. How do you define devops Viktor Farcic: Moving on to a more general subject, …

Can humility help engagements succeed?

via GIPHY I was reading this article on Vox recently titled Intellectual Humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong. Join 35,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. It caught my attention, and I think we can expand on it a bit. Here are my thoughts. 1. Admitting when you’re wrong Of …

What types of management problems plague startups?

via GIPHY Being an avid reader of Fred Wilson’s AVC, I’ve learned much over the years. And one thing he underscores is that *ideas* are a dime a dozen. And that great investments are in team & execution. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. As a long time consultant, I’ve had …

Can a growth mindset help you recover from setbacks?

I just finished reading Carol Dweck’s tour de force, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Join 38,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. In a word, her book is mind blowing. How can a little thing like mindset make a difference? Can changes in thinking & attitude really have a profound impact on …

Some irresistible reading for March – outages, code, databases, legacy & hiring

via GIPHY I decided this week to write a different type of blog post. Because some of my favorite newsletters are lists of articles on topics of the day. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. Here’s what I’m reading right now. 1. On Outages While everyone is scrambling to figure out …

Why Dropbox didn’t have to fail

Dropbox is currently experiencing a *major* outage. See the dropbox status page to get an update. Join 32,000 others and follow Sean Hull on twitter @hullsean. I’ve written about outages a lot before. Are these types of major failures avoidable? Can we build better, with redundant services so everything doesn’t fall over at once? Here’s …

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 …