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.
Continue reading “Sweating the Small Stuff”
As most things go, context can change everything, from the way that you and I see the world and how we interact with it and, most importantly, how we ultimately make decisions.
Encountering someone we’ve never met at 2:00 in the morning is entirely different than encountering someone we’ve never met at Whole Foods during lunch hour.
Continue reading “On Content and Context, Signal vs Noise”
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.
Continue reading “We Must Serve the User Through Intelligent Organization”
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.
Continue reading “Thoughts on The Power and Importance of Digital Reactions”
Sorry, not sorry. I’m a bit obsessed with newsfeed design(s), user interfaces, and naturally user experiences right now.
I’ve signed up for god knows how many social networking services and apps in the last few weeks (and months) to just see how other brilliant folks are building out / have built out their feeds.
Continue reading “It’s the Small Things”
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.
Continue reading “News Feed Design Experiments: February 2017”
Nolan, who’s been leading a lot of our product design decisions, shared this idea in our Slack channel the other day as we reviewed our next product design iteration:
Familiar is good.
This couldn’t be more true.
Continue reading “Familiar is Good”
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.
Continue reading “Show Me The Data (And Do It Nicely)”
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.
Continue reading “A Little Slice of Humble Pie”
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.
Continue reading “It’s Time for a Technical Newsfeed”