We had an incident yesterday. It wasn’t that bad as incidents go, but it got me really worried — it’s something that has the potential to become much worse as we move towards a distributed, multi-service world.
Hi! I'm Julien "mezis" Letessier.
I've had fun as an engineer, scientist, architect, manager, and start-up founder.
This is where I share about code craftsmanship, agile methods, and other random stuff I get excited about.
Split testing is a cornerstone of how we improve our products. While we usually run such tests for user-visible interface changes, this is an example of running a (successful!) multivariate test between CDNs.
The outcome is a 7% improvement in asset load times globally, translating into a +1% conversion on our site.
A lot has been written on remote work in the software industry, most notably
Jason Fried’s Remote.
But many of us were left agape by the recent backlash on telecommuting by
the final straw being
reactionary attitude on the matter.
I thought I’d share my experience as a tech lead to help spread the word: in spite of lingering 20th century management, the knowledge industry can go remote, and benefit from it.
Mine is a real-world story about successfully turning a 10-person on-site team into a 30-person distributed team. This article is a handful of factual observations, measurements, and tips from my time as HouseTrip’s head geek.