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Thanks Tyler, the rabbit hole goes deep. Here’s a few books that gives a breadth of subject matter:

2 February 2017

Team of Teams — General McChrystal explains how the complexity of the modern world requires a new way of working, using his experiences on…

Change isn’t an event it’s a process

31 January 2017

Reflections on leaving Medium

2016 Highlights

1 January 2017

Leon Trotsky, 1934

24 November 2016

The fascists find their human material mainly in the petty bourgeoisie.

The 2016 Fellows

15 November 2016

When Medium hosted a writing workshop for Code2040, I took portraits of the fellows to accompany their stories. It was so much fun working…

Intersubjectivity

14 November 2016

In his book Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari makes this clearer than I did. He refers to it as intersubjectivity: a shared agreement of meaning…

Not everything is a snake

23 September 2016

Facing fears and avoiding risk blindness

The edges in a network need not be homogenous, and I’d argue it is better if they are not.

29 August 2016

Even though they have historically been arbitrarily homogenous and domineering (gender, race, etc.), hierarchies aren’t inherently bad…

Another good read is GCHQs Boiling Frogs paper.

27 August 2016

In particular it talks about different product development methodologies in the context of a commoditization scale.

You could make similar arguments about electricity or water.

12 June 2016

Components higher and higher up the value-chain get commoditized and become utilities.

We can be better

9 June 2016

I’m male, white, and speak with a British accent. The odds are stacked in my favor. Yet even I have felt that running the gauntlet of…

“Engineering Manager — Infrastructure” in Medium Engineering

22 May 2016

Until recently, most engineers have been deployed to product initiatives, with DevOps and Data Platform being the only permanently staffed…

I saw this for the first time yesterday, and it’s amazing.

18 May 2016

Enjoy 3mins of Bobby McFerrin and the pentatonic scale:

A brave new world

18 May 2016

AI offers multiple choice responses to IMs

Blue Lips

15 May 2016

In the brighter light she looked grey, her lips dark purple, and the skin on her legs was mottled.

“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.” — Henry David Thoreau

13 May 2016

Ted. This is terrible. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

25 April 2016

It was a pleasure working with you. And that’s not a platitude. I really enjoyed our times at the whiteboard and the moments hunched…

“If Dr House did DevOps” in Medium Engineering

17 March 2016

“Tests take time. Treatment’s quicker.”

As an industry we should come up with a new name for Individual Contributor.

29 February 2016

Management is of course a critical amplifier, but there are many ways to have impact and influence. Today, everyone is part of a network…

The truth, the whole truth, and everything in between

5 February 2016

There are objective truths, scientific facts that are universal: the Earth orbits the sun, the moon causes the tides, plants produce energy…

“Test Infrastructure Engineer” in Medium Engineering

3 February 2016

We are looking for an experienced software engineer to be the anchor member of a team with the mission of improving and extending our test…

“Too much rope” in Medium Engineering

20 January 2016

JavaScript for teams

I like these five definitions of Technical Debt.

17 January 2016

Shortcuts intentionally taken to speed up development work.

Medium is not running a zero-leadership experiment by any means.

13 January 2016

We want to avoid situations where areas of responsibility are unclear.

Thanks for sharing Rick.

4 January 2016

It would be interesting to add some pitfalls you have observed with OKRs. While they might be a superpower, they are not a universal…

2015 Highlights

31 December 2015

Was it crazy to visit europe twice with an infant?

Public Service Announcement for parents using Nest Cams as a baby monitor.

28 December 2015

Cover up the LED (status light) with Gaffer’s Tape.

No wires

15 December 2015

I got an Eye Fi card for my birthday. It acts like a standard memory card, but also sets up a wireless access point. Connecting your phone…

I made your suggested change during some free time that opened up.

8 December 2015

Now, if you could get your team to tweak the caching logic for newer posts, and take a pass at improving the balance between publish date…

It would be interesting to look at the data.

30 October 2015

I wouldn’t be surprised if it is related to the economic cycle coming out of the recession.

Photographing Baby

30 October 2015

There seems to be a baby-boom among my friends and colleagues. So as an avid photographer — and father of an 8 month old — I get a lot of…

The opposite of JavaScript.

28 October 2015

More seriously, the language imposes certain constraints and ways of doing things.

It’s all about the network.

26 October 2015

On quality control and continuous delivery

26 October 2015

There’s been some chatter that Marcin’s post on how a 25 year old font was accidentally resurrected indicates a failure in quality control…

The community are adding support for more languages.

26 October 2015

We helped get the Go support added and Node packaging will hopefully come soon.

“The Stack That Helped Medium Drive 2.6 Millennia of Reading Time” in Medium Engineering

23 October 2015

Originally posted on StackShare

Nights like this

27 September 2015

On nights like this it’d be easy to get frustrated.

What color is an airplane’s evacuation slide?

20 September 2015

As we were taxiing out of San Diego Airport our pilot pointed out this American Airlines plane that had had an unfortunate accident.

I love cameras.

28 August 2015

They are inanimate. They have no memory. But they have seen history.

“The time we took the interns to Pirate’s Cove” in Medium Engineering

19 August 2015

This summer it’s been our pleasure to host three of the amazing fellows from Code2040's class of 2015.

I Call This Look…

23 July 2015

Garth, the Palo Alto sys admin with dreams of the desert

Coding for Obsolescence

30 June 2015

Avoiding that painful rewrite by planning for it

“On Names” in Inside Medium

25 June 2015

Renaming our on-call and release team.

Engineer

17 June 2015

Build the future Medium with us.

What if the performance and productivity improvements from rewriting your app from java→go, ruby…

14 June 2015

→node, or node→java, had nothing to do with the language, but was instead a product of coherent design versus evolutionary development?

While I admit to taking perverse pleasure stretching the limits of the web platform, and having…

24 May 2015

Many of the innovations we’ve seen over the last decade-and-a-half have happened despite the advances in the web platform, not because of…

Blue Line

23 May 2015

Blue line, blue line; Let me see, Look at that, you’ve done a pee.

Sheffield to San Francisco

19 May 2015

This was a surprisingly difficult exercise. While I spent 3 years in Manchester, I feel that my 6 months in Honduras and the many weekends…

Mazzy Star — Into Dust

27 April 2015

Lessons from my Grandma

21 April 2015

Peggy Rees, 1 April 1923–12 March 2001

Lyra’s First Flight

19 April 2015

“The 3rd Medium Engineering Summit” in Medium Engineering

13 April 2015

Twice a year the Medium engineering team gets together for an all-day summit.

The value of American Express Reward Points

28 March 2015

Turns out an AirBnB voucher is the best deal, followed by an Uber ride.

The promise of the web

26 March 2015

Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer.

The meaning of communication is in the response you get

8 March 2015

I’m sad, but not completely surprised, to hear what my teammate Kelly went through while working on Google+.

Books for new dads

5 March 2015

I’m only a few weeks into this whole fatherhood thing, but here are a few books I’ve found helpful so far.

12 days ago we named our daughter Lyra.

24 February 2015

Both of us are programmers with OCD tendencies for naming. And even though Lyra was one of the first names we came up, we built a…

How Medium is building a new kind of company with a new kind of manager

14 February 2015

Some thing was wrong on the internet.

Waiting.

5 February 2015

In a holding pattern.

“Wait, Don’t Touch That!” in Medium Engineering

16 January 2015

Mutual Exclusion Locks & JavaScript

2014 Highlights

1 January 2015

An attempt to prove I have a life outside of work

“Engineering Values” in Medium Engineering

14 November 2014

A letter to the Medium Engineering team.

“Getting a running start” in Inside Medium

3 November 2014

A quick tip to help kickstart your work day

“Quality Lead” in Work at Medium

31 October 2014

We’re looking for someone to own quality and hold us to the high standards we aspire to.

“Revert Paths” in Medium Engineering

20 October 2014

Safely moving forward, by exposing an exit route.

“Interview Day Etiquette” in Inside Medium

17 October 2014

Some guidelines to make our interview days work better

That thin pink line

11 September 2014

Life, the known, and the unknown

Audio Experiment

5 September 2014

What if Medium had sound effects?

Adam Savage’s Rules for Success

20 August 2014

I watched this video on my flight back from Seattle last Sunday.

Getting a running start

19 August 2014

Why does it take so long to get into the flow some mornings?

“Apache and PHP on Docker” in Dev Tricks

4 August 2014

Consolidated instructions for getting Apache and PHP running within a Docker container.

Mount a remote filesystem with SSHFS

28 April 2014

Say you have a computer at home that you use as a file store, or maybe a VPS for web hosting and are tired of transferring the files across…

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This is just a test

15 April 2014

Nothing to see here except some baby goats.

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Developer Archetypes

30 March 2014

While I may have more sympathy for tech recruiters than many in Silicon Valley — I fondly remember the emails that resulted in my move to…

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Software Engineer Traits

21 March 2014

A while ago Ev challenged me to consider what makes a good engineer.

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App Launch Photos

20 March 2014

Checklists on the whiteboard mean something exciting is afoot.

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Untitled

8 March 2014

The printer groans out the 20th sheet of paper. The roll spooling on to the floor, amid books and lego spaceships.

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New space

28 February 2014

http://ift.tt/1bTHySS out at Meena’s Super bowl at @thebird’s New office space SFFD Ambulances Night New caf…

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Just a web page?

28 February 2014

When people imagine working at Medium, they may think of our accomplished founder or our sweet offices.

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New Year

1 February 2014

New Year in the Sahara Visiting Ait Ben Haddou Fishing port at Essaouira Palais bahia, Marrakesh Back to England Go Karts for Jon’s…

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Reverse port forwarding

31 January 2014

It’s often the case that you have a local development server that you wish you could access over the interwebs.

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Onedotoh, Christmas, Travel

7 January 2014

Decorating plants Medium 1.o launch preparation Last minute debugging Launch check list Next steps Rainy SF North Face Endurance Challenge…

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Movember

5 December 2013

@lukester and Stroke 9 at the Red Devil Lounge Dominion with Ojan Pawtrero Street Fair Ada being weird Night run by the Bay Bridge Softball…

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House boating on Lake Shasta

25 November 2013

The best way to spend a long 4th of July weekend. Wake boarding, swimming, barbecues, and bonfires.

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Visitors

31 October 2013

Trip to the allergy doctor A calm bay on the morning run Up and to the right Dinner and a nice bottle of wine at home Hardly Strictly…

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Running to stand still

30 September 2013

Spotting dolphins at Fort Funston Sunset at home Haircut with Beth Watching Orange is the new black Medium softball game Indian summer on…

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The three axes of engineering leadership

1 September 2013

Within the tech industry, managers are oft lamented.

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Mauna Kea, HI

1 September 2013

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Summer Adventuring

1 September 2013

One second a dayBiergarten SF Riding through downtown SF after dropping Ada with Tessa Driving under the freeway after seeing Jeff in the…

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Ciro-Flex Rapax

28 August 2013

I have a bit of a camera problem. This is one of my favorites. It’s a medium format twin-lens reflex.

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Folding Brownie

28 August 2013

This is my great-grandfather’s folding brownie. It lasted a surprisingly long time, used first to photograph my mother as a child and then…

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Howard and Mary, San Francisco, CA

28 August 2013

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Dear Mobile Phone Manufacturers,

28 August 2013

Your industrial designers and product engineers produce masterpieces.

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Fast upload previews aka. yak shave #645

28 August 2013

So you have a cool web app that allows people to upload photos.

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Beyond pushState — building single page applications

28 August 2013

Single page applications are on the rise, and in many cases they make the web faster, richer, and more interactive.

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Old Dry Dock

28 August 2013

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Gmail and the GC

28 August 2013

Back in 2006 I was working on the Gmail team and we were undertaking a complete rewrite of the frontend code.

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Rise of the SPA

28 August 2013

Numerous studies have shown that even modest improvements in latency can have measurable impact on usage.

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json ⊄ js

28 August 2013

Conventional wisdom says that JSON is a subset of JavaScript.

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Zion National Park, Utah

28 August 2013

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