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What Working Dads Can Do When a High-Pressure Job Asks Too Much

Today’s working fathers care about success both in their careers and at home. They take pride in being good providers for their families and dedicating the time and effort necessary to be loving fathers, partners, and spouses. But many find that their career success cuts both ways. Some find themselves enmeshed in a career that, while it has many merits, may no longer fit their full range of life priorities, especially as fathers, and keeps them from feeling fully successful at work and home.

The Last Bus Problem

The fundamental lesson here is that for any repeating process it is important to consider both planning horizons and cycle time and the impact those have on the incentives they create for teams. When possible, having transparency about long term schedules and more continuous evaluation processes will remove gamesmanship from the equation and allow teams to focus primarily on the problem they are trying to solve.

The Architecture Behind A One-Person Tech Startup

I wouldn’t be able to do this without the vast amount of open-source software and managed services at my disposal. I feel like I’m standing on the shoulders of giants, who did all the hard work before me, and I’m very grateful for that.

Inside a viral website

As anyone reading this knows, the Ever Given was stuck in the Suez Canal for just over 6 days. It blocked a route that normally carried ~10% of the world’s trade. More importantly (at least for this post), it also generated more than 10% of the world’s memes.

How to run a great software incident post-mortem

A productive incident post-mortem is one that results in a change to the system or environment in which people work, that enables and supports the people within it to not make the same ‘mistake’ again.

Great read since it mentions not only what a post-mortem is, but also goes into useful tips on execution.

7 top Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) job interview questions

SRE interviews can be tougher to prepare for than some other IT jobs. It’s still a new-ish field and role in many companies, even if it has its roots in traditional IT operations as well as DevOps. It’s also a role where non-technical skills are just as important as tech IQ. IT prowess is only part of the job.

Closing the gap: A manager’s guide to advancing gender equity in the workplace

As bosses and managers inside organizations, no matter the industry, it is our collective responsibility to understand what is happening in the world and work avidly toward gender parity in our workplaces. Many of us want to do the work and make changes but – much like me and this article – we don’t know where to start. Some of us are afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing or that we lack the training to really tackle this massive problem fully and responsibly. A lot of us feel like we need to wait for the right moment, or until we’ve been at the table long enough, or until we have the funding to really make a difference.