What a week it’s been (and how many times has that been true in the last few years). Somehow, among eight million other things, I still manage to stumble across a few tidbits from time to time worth sharing. Here’s this week’s attempt at that endeavor.
Given my time working for a $bigco, I pick and choose what to borrow, and how to make some of their ideas work in practice. As such, I kinda really liked this article on Putting Amazon’s PR/FAQ to Practice
Imposing standards is tough – and honestly, the wrong way to drive alignment in most situations. This article on cross-pollination over imposed standards from Jason Yip is full of great ideas and advice.
Greetings from the wrong side of the country. I’m in the middle of a quick family trip and it seemed like a perfect time to let you know what’s been filling my brain this week.
Free can’t last forever – Heroku is discontinuing their free plans – which is a bit of a bummer, but I’m not mad. They probably have a million people like me that run one app. I think a migration to AWS will be pretty straightforward, and free isn’t discontinued for several more months, so I guess it’s just one more item to put on the To Do list
I read this article on why Devs don’t want to do Ops – which reminded me in the first half of similar articles on why devs don’t want to do testing, but the answer is the same. Build platforms and tools that make it very easy for them to do Ops (and testing, for that matter)
I originally wrote several paragraphs for this bullet, but I’m defaulting to the shorter version. Like at least a million other people, I’ve been playing WE, the new Arcade Fire album on repeat for most of the last month. I wasn’t really an Arcade Fire fan before (I listened to Funeral a few times when it came out (like everyone else)), but this recording is the first album from any artist that I’ve really connected with. YMMV, but I think it’s great.
Today has been an interesting day in American politics. Not sure what happens next, but I hope it gets better.
Here are a few things I found this week that I thought were interesting.
This post on PM & EM: Rules of Engagement echoes something I’ve noticed over the past several years – there’s a correlation between the partnership between PM and EM and the predictability and quality of what they deliver. Love seeing this written down.
This is an…interesting take on productivity in a few of the bigger software companies. While I think there’s truth to this, I think there may be another angle as well.
I hate to be cliché and talk about the weather, but it’s freaking hot here in the pacific northwest. I hope everyone is staying cool and safe. Here’s some stuff to read while you melt.
Going to lead off this week with two links on Modern Testing. First is a great article from Laura de Paz on the Modern Testing World. It’s an overview written far better than anything Brent or I could have done.
There’s been a bit of a twitter discussion lately on Modern Testing Principle Number 7, which reads: “We expand (testing) abilities and knowhow across the team; understanding that this may reduce (or eliminate) the need for a dedicated testing specialist.” We knew this one would always generate some conversation, and Ben Dowen shares a good set of thoughts in The 7th Principle of Modern Testing.
Today was a day off for Unity, so I rode Side Hustle again (link in last week’s FfF). Overall, not a horrible week for me, even though the world continues to find ways to suck. Here are a few interesting links I found this week.