God grant us the serenity to exercise our bounded rationality freely in the systems that are structured appropriately, the courage to restructure the systems that aren't, and the wisdom to know the difference!
A colleague and I were discussing how it is difficult to take critical feedback well. The conversation was textual and I ended up writing a lot of thoughts. In a bid to save my keystrokes from dying, I thought I will pen down my thoughts here so that I can share them with peeps whenever … Continue reading On taking feedback well
I have always been interested in how to do more meaningful work, and get better and better at what I do. This quest sees me read content which is sometimes technical in nature and sometimes talks about how to be a better leader [1, 2]. Sometimes I go a little meta and read about work … Continue reading Deep Work by Cal Newport
Alpha Geek? I recently came across the term “Alpha Geek” in “The Manager’s Path”. The Alpha geek is usually an excellent, effective engineer who is driven to always have the right answers, and solve hard problems. Alrighty! I want to be one! Where do I sign up? He knows exactly why that thing you’re trying … Continue reading Don’t be the Alpha Geek: Your team deserves better
At Squad, we have been following the concept of having small inter-disciplinary teams, which we call Solver Teams (the concept is beautifully explained by Spotify, we took a lot of inspiration from them). As fate would have it, I got to lead a team responsible for building the Machine Learning platform for Squad, from scratch. … Continue reading How I stopped being awful at managing: Leadership lessons from a Dev
“A close-up of white dials on a music mixer” by Alexey Ruban on Unsplash In a bid to prepare ourselves for projected growth, we are at the moment trying to figure out what part of our system will break at what scale, and how. One step towards this was to also define strict timeouts for … Continue reading Configure Postgres statement_timeout from within Django