These two posts dive into John Allspaw's (previous Head of Engineering at Etsy) Masters Thesis on heuristics on decision making under pressure, specifically in the context of dealing with an outage to a software service: https://blog.acolyer.org/2020/01/22/trade-offs-under-pressure-part-1/ and https://blog.acolyer.org/2020/01/24/trade-offs-under-pressure-part-2/ There are two noteworthy aspects to this: firstly the subject matter itself is useful. It identifies heuristics that engineers use to make trade-offs during outages. The second noteworthy thing is the methodology used: it demonstrates both an excellent methodology for conducting incident reviews. The visualization and classification of the timeline is very informative.
Hello and welcome to the inane ramblings of an Irish software developer. The title of the blog comes from Lewis Carroll's, Through the Looking Glass . In the book, Alice goes running with the Red Queen, but they don't seem to make any progress. Alice remarks on this, saying, "Well in our country, you'd generally get to somewhere else - if you ran very fast for a long time as we've been doing." The Red Queen replies, "A slow sort of country. Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to stay in the same place." The Red Queen Effect is quite applicable to the software industry, and as I probably will be talking quite a bit about the software industry, I thought it would be a good name for a blog. I have a few objectives for my new blog. By writing here, I hope to learn how to write well. That is, I hope to learn how to write clearly and concisely, and be interesting at the same time. I also hope that this blog will become a good prof