Welcome to the fourteenth edition of this newsletter. This is the first time in 14 weeks when I have no original writing to share with you. I ran into a bit of a blogger’s block all through this week - I spent several hours writing 4 incomplete pieces but nothing came together completely. So this week, I’m only sharing what those better than me have shared on the internet.
From the great interweb
- The finest thing I discovered this week was this article by Tanya Reilly on the “Glue” role that some engineers end up playing and the impact this has on their careers. Coupled with this collection of articles on the role of staff engineer - I have been doing a lot of introspection about what I have been doing and what I should have been doing (or not doing) instead. I strongly recommend reading everything Tanya has written on her blog - solid food for thought.
- This talk from James Lewis sits right at that edge of technical and organization design which I find absolutely fascinating. Let’s talk microservices and flow of work!
- This Harvard Business School working paper on “The Architecture of Platforms : A unified view” by Carliss Bladwin and C. Woodard has some great insights into platforms, architectures and the combination of the two. Pairs very well with some of what I have written on building technical platforms on this blog.
- I found this interesting twitter thread on managing our tech diet and the responsibility designers bear for it.
That's it for this week folks. Happy weekend!