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Category: Software Engineering

Software Engineering  

Investigating Mysterious Kafka Broker I/O When Using Confluent Tiered Storage

Earlier this year, we upgraded from Confluent Platform 7.0.10 to 7.6.0. While the upgrade went smoothly, there was one thing that was different from previous...

Software Engineering   Culture  

Independent, Involved, Informed, and Informative: The Characteristics of a CoPE

In part one of our CoPE series, we analogized the CoPE with safety departments. David Woods says that those safety departments must be: independent, involved,...

Software Engineering   Culture  

Establishing and Enabling a Center of Production Excellence

Software is in a crisis. This is nothing new. Complex distributed systems are perpetually in a state far from equilibrium, operating in what Richard Cook...

Software Engineering  

Simulation Theory, Observability, and Modern Software Practices

The 1981 book Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard is widely read and cited within academic circles but also permeates popular culture, influencing films, literature,...

Software Engineering   Monitoring  

What Is Application Performance Monitoring?

Application performance monitoring, also known as APM, represents the difference between code and running software. You need the measurements in order to manage performance....

Software Engineering   Observability  

Where Does Honeycomb Fit in the Software Development Lifecycle?

The software development lifecycle (SDLC) is always drawn as a circle. In many places I’ve worked, there’s no discernable connection between “5. Operate” and “1....

Teams & Collaboration   Software Engineering  

Product Managing to Prevent Burnout

I’ve been thinking about a risk that—if I'm not careful—could severely hinder my team's ability to ship on time, celebrate success, and continue work after...

Software Engineering  

What Do Developers Need to Know About Kubernetes, Anyway?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: you just pushed and deployed your latest change to production, and it’s rolling out to your Kubernetes...

Software Engineering  

What Happens to DevOps when the Kubernetes Adrenaline Rush Ends?

Kubernetes has been around for nearly 10 years now. In the past five years, we’ve seen a drastic increase in adoption by engineering teams of...

Software Engineering  

What Is a Feature Flag? Best Practices and Use Cases

Do you want to build software faster and release it more often without the risks of negatively impacting your user experience? Imagine a world where...

Software Engineering   OpenTelemetry  

Rescue Struggling Pods from Scratch

Containers are an amazing technology. They provide huge benefits and create useful constraints for distributing software. Golang-based software doesn’t need a container in the same...

Software Engineering  

Experiments in Daily Work

In high school chemistry and then college physics labs, we learned a strong definition of "experiment." Experiments are tied to the Scientific Method, responsible for...

Software Engineering  

Anything But Tech Debt

Engineers often feel they aren’t allowed enough time to address tech debt. Product partners wonder why engineers spend so much time working on it—or at...

Teams & Collaboration   Software Engineering  

Evolving by Involving 

In this post, we’re going to lay out the guiding principle that unifies the diverse world of CS as we see it—and show how we...

Software Engineering  

On Becoming a VP of Engineering, Part 2: Doing the Job

Charity once said an off-hand sentence that became a mantra for my transition into the VP of Engineering role: “Directors run the company.” This was...

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