Sweating the Small Stuff

In software engineering, the details really do matter.

Our world was quickly reminded of that with the recent AWS outage that was caused by human error, a small yet powerful command that was, unfortunately, committed incorrectly:

Unfortunately, one of the inputs to the command was entered incorrectly and a larger set of servers was removed than intended. The servers that were inadvertently removed supported two other S3 subsystems.

And the world came to a screeching halt and organizations lost hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

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We Must Serve the User Through Intelligent Organization

One of the craziest things happened this past weekend and it couldn’t have been better timed (I love how that happens)! I’ll share that in a bit, but first, let me share a few thoughts about the basis upon which this important event was ever-so fortuitous…

As you know, we’ve been obsessing over the creation of a developer-centric newsfeed and we’ve been iterating on it for the past few months, which you can see through the archive of posts on this blog.

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Thoughts on The Power and Importance of Digital Reactions

Reactions. You have them, I have them, we react and respond to changes within and without our lives all the time.

What we’ve been introduced to relatively recently is the ability to react and respond digitally. It might seem like forever ago but reactions to content is still, on the much larger scale timetable, a relatively new idea.

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News Feed Design Experiments: February 2017

As you know, we’re heavily investigating and building out a new way of showcasing actionable data in a friendly and familiar form: The glorious news feed.

We started experimenting with a newsfeed-ish prototype late last year and provided a simple retrospective of that work. We’ve continued to iterate on our growing data models and all of the data that we’ve ingested into our system(s) and wanted to share our progress as we put it together.

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Show Me The Data (And Do It Nicely)

Dovetailing nicely with one of our previous posts on “humble pie” we’re continuing to build our data model(s), our backend(s), our infrastructure as a whole as well as the design(s) that we’re showcasing our early testers.

One of the biggest challenges when working with a ton of data is how to best show the data to an end-user in a way that’s truly intuitive. In other words, data is great but if the customer doesn’t know what they are looking at and if they can’t extract immediate value out of what they see then you’ve failed terribly.

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A Little Slice of Humble Pie

As we build out our early-stage product (and find great folks to Alpha Test it) we’re naturally working on all of the things related to the back-end (e.g. data, modeling, etc.) as well as the front-end (e.g. design, UI/UX, etc.).

The exciting and yet challenging thing at this point is that we have a completely carte blanche environment and anything that we do initially isn’t inherently wrong or qualitatively bad.

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It’s Time for a Technical Newsfeed

A few months ago we began experimenting lightly with a newsfeed and I even built a prototype based on what we believed would be most useful for a software professional.

Although we’re one-hundred percent committed to building out our analytics platform we know that the communication of that data is just as fundamental of an ingredient so that we can move toward actionable insights.

A newsfeed, of some sort, feels about right.

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