Book: DevOps Handbook

“DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, & Security in Technology Organizations” By Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois, & John Willis Two conflicting goals: “Respond to the rapidly changing competitive landscape” “Provide stable, reliable, and secure service to the customer” “organizations adopting DevOps are able to linearly increase the number of deploys per […]

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MOOC: Leading Teams

Here are my notes from Leading Teams MOOC from Michigan on Coursera. What is the Optimal Team Size? Benefits of larger teams More capabilities Moe resources More information and input More ideas and possible solutions Benefits of smaller teams More cohesive higher member satisfaction Faster decision making, consensus More effective individual contribution For startups, larger founding […]

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Book: Priming Kanban

A manager recommended “Priming Kanban: A 10 step guide to optimizing flow in your software delivery system” by Jesper Boeg. It’s a short read with many good points. Here are my notes: What is Kanban? “Visualize Work”: “Visualize every step in your value chain from vague concept to releasable software.” “Limit Work-in-Progress (WIP)”: “Set explicit limits […]

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Article: “We Crunched 1 Billion Java Logged Errors – Here’s What Causes 97% of Them”

A friend shared this article and I find it informative. Here are my notes: Steve Burton explained the challenge for engineers to troubleshoot production issues when the logs are filled with a large number of non-critical error messages. Not only this made troubleshooting of critical errors harder, it also has the following additional costs: “Disk storage to […]

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Book: Growing Great Employees

“Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers” by Erika Andersen. This book has some good tactical tips on how to lead a team of subordinates. Here are my notes: Listening “Listening to your employees first allows you to ‘dig it up and see what’s there.’ That is, it gives you a chance to find […]

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