Don’t be the Alpha Geek: Your team deserves better

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

How I stopped being awful at managing: Leadership lessons from a Dev

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

Configure Postgres statement_timeout from within Django

“A close-up of white dials on a music mixer” by Alexey Ruban on UnsplashIn 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 our … Continue reading Configure Postgres statement_timeout from within Django

Custom Sentry Client for more freedom: How to ignore any exception you want

We use Sentry for our error reporting, and we love it. It is simple, gives options for a lot of different use cases, and can easily be integrated with Django, over which our backend is built. We recently fixed (or ignored :P) an issue we had for a long time. This article is about how … Continue reading Custom Sentry Client for more freedom: How to ignore any exception you want