Ignored By Dinosaurs main feed SSIA, doesn't it? Success https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/328-success <p>I caught this thought train last night and hopped off before writing it down. It has to do with the visible trappings of success. First the obvious bits.</p> <p><em>True</em> success isn't something that someone gives you. It's not something that <em>you</em> get. It's not a thing. It's a feeling. I am currently riding the wave of it for maybe the first time ever. I am doing my best work. <a href="https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/127-creative-fire">This post</a>, written over a decade ago - I'm finally there. It may not last, and I'm ok with that. I'm grateful for it...</p> Sat, 10 Apr 2021 04:39:22 -0400 Naming things considerately is an act of selflessness https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/327-naming-things-considerately-is-an-act-of-selflessness <p>Not sure if I mentioned this in the last post, but what I'm doing right now is essentially building a data warehouse for the company. It's from scratch, there was nothing here beforehand, so I get get to/have had to chose everything from the tech stack to the processes to my favorite part of late: naming things.</p> <p>The name you give to a piece of software, or a command line flag, or a column in a database is an act of asynchronous communication with another human. You are asking them to care...</p> Wed, 07 Apr 2021 13:28:15 -0400 What I'm up to professionally, early 2021 edition https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/326-what-im-up-to-professionally-early-2021-edition <p>Started here at this company about 5 years ago, a smallish technology startup (30 or so ppl) HQ'd in Paris founded by some really smart people that I wanted to work with.</p> <p>I didn't view myself as having the engineering skillset to go out for the engineering team, so when I saw a post for a Solutions Architect that fit my resume perfectly I applied. It was a move out of the "back of the house" programming toward the front of house, talking with customers, working with the Sales team to bring...</p> Wed, 31 Mar 2021 08:21:08 -0400 Starting a new team in a remote company https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/325-starting-a-new-team-in-a-remote-company <p>This is one of the aspects I didn't consider. A bit of background:</p> <p>I'll have been here at Platform.sh for 5 years this July, which is crazy because it's now the longest I've ever held a single <em>job</em> in my life. Last summer I was poised to propose that we start a new team here around Data and Analytics right as someone else, much higher up then I, proposed that we start the exact same team. I raised my hand to start this team.</p> <p>Prior to this I was leading a team of 15 in charge of...</p> Tue, 16 Mar 2021 09:17:13 -0400 My current understanding of our AWS CUR bill https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/324-my-current-understanding-of-our-aws-cur-bill <p>Hello, me. This post is to jot down what I think I know about the AWS CUR bill at this point in time. There are entire companies built around helping other companies understand this bill, so this should be considered a primer.</p> <p>There are several columns that matter in this giant bill, and many dozens that do not matter, and about a hundred or so that fall somewhere in between. The ones that I know about so far that really matter when you're trying to decode a bill AT SCALE are:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://docs.aws.amazon.com/cur/latest/userguide/Lineitem-columns.html#Lineitem-details-U-UnblendedCost">line item...</a></li></ul> Mon, 15 Mar 2021 07:23:19 -0400 Crazy thing is... https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/323-crazy-thing-is <p>I never would've dreamed when I was 24 and hitting the road full time with a band that I would ultimately find career happiness not playing music but actually with a full time job working w a bunch of people I almost never see in person.</p> Mon, 01 Mar 2021 11:16:34 -0500 Prefect looping - .map() it https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/322-prefect-looping-map-it <p>So I'm back in the writing code game after 4 years off. I started a new position about 2 months ago as "director of data engineering" at Platform.sh. It only took ten years longer than originally planned but I have finally unlocked the "some kind of engineering mgmt at an actual tech company" badge.</p> <p>I'll get into what I'm doing maybe later, but right now I want to leave a breadcrumb for my past self regarding looping over tasks in <a href="https://prefect.io">Prefect</a>.</p> <p>I'm just kind of tinkering with pulling info...</p> Sun, 22 Nov 2020 04:42:33 -0500 Thoughts on sales engineering - setting expectations https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/321-thoughts-on-sales-engineering-setting-expectations <p>I really enjoyed my time as a Solutions Architect, and wouldn't mind at all doing it again someday. The job of a Solutions Architect, or Sales Engineer, or "Presales" is be the technical person in the sales discussion on the part of the vendor who's trying to sell the technical <code>$thing</code>. The sales rep's main responsibility is to manage the sales cycle (a separate post entirely) and depending on how technical the product that your company sells, it's possible that knowing how to answer...</p> Sat, 07 Nov 2020 02:02:42 -0500 Two kinds of managers https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/320-two-kinds-of-managers <p>[This was partially inspired by <a href="https://medium.com/@bellmar/why-is-this-idiot-running-my-engineering-org-c6e815790cdb">this excellent article</a> that I read Saturday morning.]</p> <p>I manage two teams. One of them has been through a lot of changes in the last 12 months, basically taking a rather sharp turn in responsibilities and day to day work. This was always the plan because I believed that there was no better team to take over this particular process than ours, but when it came down to actually implement the changes clearly it was not what some members of the team had signed up...</p> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:13:54 -0400 Dunning Kruger https://www.ignoredbydinosaurs.com/posts/319-dunning-kruger <p>I've known about the Dunning-Kruger effect for years, thanks to Hacker News and its penchant for surfacing the names of Things. It never occurred to me before just now that my steady decline in productivity here on this blog, or rather the extreme productivity I enjoyed in posting to this blog in its first year, were the result of the Dunning-Kruger effect. I had so much to say! I had no idea what I was talking about!</p> <p>It's a damn shame, because it really did help me to let that stuff out...</p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 04:45:57 -0400