Ignored By Dinosaurs main feed SSIA, doesn't it? Who’s hiring all these B players anyway? https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/340-whos-hiring-all-these-b-players-anyway <p>I read <a href="https://tracy.posthaven.com/part-ii-the-failure-points-from-$5m-to-$100m-in-arr">an article</a> earlier this week about lessons learned between $5MM and $100MM in ARR. To the layperson - this means growing a small company into a larger company, as measured by its yearly revenue.</p> <p>One of the points in the article (maybe more, I don’t remember) was about hiring, and it referenced the old adage</p> <blockquote> <p>A players hire other A players. B players hire C players…</p> </blockquote> <p>While this sounds like one of those BS businessisms that some capitalist dude came up with, I absolutely...</p> Sat, 14 Jan 2023 04:10:55 -0500 Pensieve https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/339-pensieve <p>Been reading the Harry Potter books for a few years with the family at night, and in the middle gets introduced this thing of Dumbledore's called the "Pensieve", which is like a bowl into which Dumbledore can put his memories so he doesn't have to keep them all in his head.</p> <p>I just realized I've been doing this, sort of, for the last year or so. I'm full on manager now, all I do is phones calls for the first half of any given day. I started taking notes with pen and paper sometime last...</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2022 10:20:34 -0400 My kids and social media https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/338-my-kids-and-social-media <p>I'm working through some thoughts in my head about social media, as I've been doing since founding this blog well over a decade ago. Back then I thought it was going to be a savior of democracy in oppressed societies around the world, and we see how that's turned out.</p> <p>Lately it's an issue closer to home. My kids are creators. At some point years back they got inspired by Captain Underpants and started making their own comic books. We have bookshelves full of 8 inch sketch pads from AC...</p> Thu, 22 Sep 2022 03:34:22 -0400 What is a "data product"? https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/337-what-is-a-data-product <p>"Run your data team like it's a product team" was a common refrain at the DBT conference for the last two years. What does that mean? I am still figuring that out, but I have had an aha in the last few weeks about what a "data product" is, exactly.</p> <p>Your standard software development process requires two main components to deliver the Things - a software developer and her wits. She takes those wits and expresses them into a text editor, and thereby makes something from truly...</p> Wed, 21 Sep 2022 12:20:35 -0400 Another shallow musical observation https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/336-another-shallow-musical-observation <p>Headed to dinner last night with the fam, this song comes on (Deep Waves I think?) and my oldest says "oh, this song". Michelle, cutely, starts looking for something to like about it. I, predictably, do the opposite.</p> <p>So here's the observation -</p> <p>Basically all pop music these days is made exclusively on computers. Nothing wrong with that in and of itself, but what's missing is the accidental interactivity that happens when you have a group of people playing instruments and giving each...</p> Wed, 21 Sep 2022 03:55:43 -0400 Not a deep thought https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/335-not-a-deep-thought <p>I was listening to Taylor Swift yesterday - <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMcMbWl0fDk">Everything Has Changed</a> from her new version of the album. There's this bit in the bridge at about 2:30 where the backgrounds do this "haaaa, ahhhh, ahhhh" thing that's so wonderfully out of tune and everybody involved in the making of this album had the courage to <em>leave it</em>.</p> <p>Nobody does that anymore. I started thinking about how auto-tune has really enabled the elimination of musical talent as a condition for creating music, and made it that much...</p> Thu, 01 Sep 2022 12:26:19 -0400 On FinOps, 5 months later https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/334-on-finops-5-months-later <p>I am on my way to San Diego for the first Platformer meetup thing that I've been to since the Beforetimes, at least the first that's not just my team. On my way to San Diego I stopped by Austin for the FinOpsX conference, an amazing little thing put on by ... maybe the Linux Foundation through some other community community, idk.</p> <p>Anyway, it was really amazing. Open source is just so much fun, I'm really glad that I found it all those years ago. This conference was smallish, like 400...</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2022 16:54:49 -0400 On FinOps https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/333-on-finops <p>Just thought I'd drop myself a line here and remind me about that time that I was getting FinOps certified, because it's so much more interesting than I would've thought.</p> <p>Basically, back in the old days, there were data centers and if you wanted a new resource in one of those data centers you had to go through a procurement cycle involving finance and probably a procurement team. You'd buy the resource and that would count as Cap Ex in your P&L or whatever. It'd get installed and then you...</p> Mon, 24 Jan 2022 09:25:11 -0500 Greetings from the Valley of Despair https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/332-greetings-from-the-valley-of-despair <p>This blog...</p> <p>This blog is interesting to myself because like I said in a recent-ish post - it really maps out a 12 year master Dunning Kruger cycle in technology, with baby Dunning Kruger journeys into different topic areas along the way. Early in this blog I had <em>so much to say</em>. Later in this blog I am aware of <em>how much I don't know</em>. The post frequency maps almost exactly with this chart that I recently took a look at again:</p> <p><img src="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/46/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_Effect_01.svg/1200px-Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_Effect_01.svg.png" alt="" /></p> Mon, 13 Dec 2021 07:08:32 -0500 It's not The Path, it's My Path https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/331-its-not-the-path-its-my-path <p>I don't know, this just came to me. For several months now I've been trying to make some changes to old behaviors. One of them is a lack of communicating, of building up a thing or a plan in my head without talking it over with the people whom it affects.</p> <p>I've summarized this as something like</p> <blockquote> <p>When I have a good idea - when I see the path - I assume everyone sees it too.</p> </blockquote> <p>So I've been making more of an effort to communicate everything in the last few months, whether it's the Big Idea...</p> Sun, 31 Oct 2021 08:37:24 -0400