Recently I had the good fortune of connecting with Dušan Omerčević, VP of Engineering for Zemanta who visited NYC from their engineering center in Slovenia.
Dušan wrote a terrific post inspired by our conversation here, and it is worth a read.
We talked a lot about how important patience and pacing are in an engineering organization, especially when building yours from scratch or pivoting an existing one with new hires, new processes, and new focus. Our tendency as engineers is to fix what we can fast and get things moving. We want to focus on code, and through code right everything and release fast. But there is a discipline to learn around letting some things run their course while very precisely controlling others. In mentoring team members, for example, it is often essential to stand on the sidelines and allow some hard but harmless lessons to be learned, while at other times one has to steer a less experienced developer away from failure with words and examples.
It was fascinating to compare engineering cultures and practices, and I came away feeling once again that common sense, a foundation in solid engineering process, and indeed patience are the basic ingredients for a winning productive development team. No matter what it’s size or location.
Contentment in the laundry room. This is me testing wiring up Twitter to this blog.
I’m doing a casual study for a personal project on how many variant user experiences there are for interconnecting Web apps I use frequently, and how unifying standard practices to cut down on clicks and enhance security could help data flow more freely.
After looking at this stuff for a bit, I felt like Izzy looks in this image.
There are too many impediments to interconnectivity.
This morning, in the latest chapter of my trying to find a suitable desktop RSS reader, I mistakenly removed an imprtant category, and all its content, from Google Reader. Argh. It’s gone, gone, gone, and I can’t remember the 75 blogs that were in it.
But that’s OK; it forced me to consider which ones were important. Those I read daily were top of mind and easy to find. Those with which I play pound-the-weasel of unread items are useless anyway.
I urge you to try this. On purpose. If you can recover your blogroll, it’s no fun.
iPhoners: if you aren’t using Nuevasync, you should check it out. The lack of over-the-air sync to Google calendar has always been a near deal-killer for me, but Nuevasync works. It’s still beta, and they’ll happily send you your password in plaintext (ouch!) but it’s a clever hack using Apples iPhone OS Exchange ActiveSync support that solves a big problem. Enjoy: http://nuevasync.com
Well, besides the obligatory useless “welcome to my blog” post, I can’t think of anything more important than linking (often) to Poncakery.com, Monica’s new business website. Monica is an amazing pastry chef/cake scupltress/creative artist extraordinaire here in our hometown of Brooklyn, NY. If you ever need a remarkable cake in the NYC area for a special occasion, get in touch!
I’ll start off with the obligatory, “now what?” I’ve finally made the time to start up a blog, or rather, the time was made for me. Since I am a person of relative leisure at the moment, I am focusing on the very, very long to-do list that’s been accumulating for the last several… years. And now I will need to cultivate a habit of discovering useful things to say. Or just blather on, adding bits to the Web, raising the temperature at so many faceless data centers, and accelerating global warming.
Stay tuned to see which it’ll be.