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Book summary: Shape Up

Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters” is a book from Ryan Singer about how Basecamp do product development.

The following is mostly just copy & pastes of the parts I found most interesting. Typically, the more detailed the notes, the more useful I found the chapter. The original book itself though isn’t a difficult read (and it’s free online), so I recommend checking it out directly.

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Blog post summary: Prioritizing with Cost of Delay

Prioritizing with Cost of Delay is an article by Jeff Palmer (web, twitter, linkedin).

This article had me engrossed with the opening paragraph. It is a short article (6 minute) read, so I suggest reading it directly, but find a summary below, mainly for my own benefit.

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Book chapter summary: Managing Incidents

This is a slight abridged version of Chapter 14, “Managing Incidents, by Andrew Stribblehill from the excellent “SRE Book“. (Original is 2200 words, this is 1200)

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Book Summary: Accelerate

Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations is a book by by Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble and Gene Kim. It is a follow on from the State of DevOps Reports that Forsgren and Humble used to publish (and which I wrote about before in Development and delivery practices for team success). I highly recommend buying the book, but here are some chapter summaries for the highlights.

 

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Article summary: The future of work is written

The future of work is written” is an article from Juan Pablo Buriticá from Stripe published on increment.com.

This is a summary of the keys points from the article, but the original is definitely worth reading, and not long itself (the original is 2300 words; this is 250).

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Blog post summary: What is an Engineering Manager?

I liked the short What is an Engineering Manager? post on the AWS blog (from David Ives @ Pusher). This is a summary, but the original is worth reading and not much longer…

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Blog post summary: Automating safe, hands-off deployments at AWS

AWS’s Clare Liguori wrote an excellent blog post on Automating safe, hands-off deployments.

This is a summary (1,700 words, vs 5,300 in the original) and mostly just a copy & paste of highlights. I have also skipped some of the sections that are at scales larger than most folks deal with (e.g. global releases across 26 regions!).

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Blog post summary: Domain-Oriented Microservice Architecture at Uber

Domain-Oriented Microservice Architecture at Uber” is a blog post on the Uber engineering blog. There were some comments about the post not giving credit to prior art, which I think is fair, but it is a useful post none the less. Uber provide an interesting approach to classifying and organizing their (2,200!) microservices, by using the concepts of Domains, Layers, Gateways and Extensions.

This is a shortened version here (1,200 words, vs 3,800 in the original), since I tend to learn by creating summaries, but it is mostly just a copy & paste, so check out the original with diagrams etc if you’re really interested.

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eBook Summary: What Is SRE?

What Is SRE? An Introduction to Site Reliability Engineering” (registration required but free), is an ebook by Kurt Andersen & Craig Sebenik, published by O’Reilly. The following is a summary (abridged copy and paste) of the parts I found most useful, with a few of my own notes. The original is about 9,000 words; this is about 2,000.

 

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Report Summary: Accelerate State of DevOps 2019

This is an abridged version of The Accelerate State of DevOps Report 2019; essentially a cut and paste of the most salient parts. The original is about 18,000 words; This is about 2,500 words.

I highly recommend reading the original in its entirety, if you have time, and I’m a big fan of the Accelerate book too. As with all the other summaries I create, this just as as way to help me digest and understand an excellent article.

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Blog post summary: Blameless PostMortems post by John Allspaw

The following is a slightly summarized version of this blog post from John Allspaw that I really like: Blameless PostMortems and a Just Culture 

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Book chapter summary: Postmortem Culture, from the SRE Book

I’m really enjoying reading the excellent “SRE Book“. Chapter 15 “Postmortem Culture: Learning from Failure” in particular, really struck a chord with me. The following is a slightly summarized version of it.

TLDR: Failures are inevitable, especially in distributed systems. To learn from them, document in Postmortems, avoiding blame, and share the newly gained learnings across your org.

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Talk summary: Realizing the Microservices Vision with Service Mesh by Arijit Mukherji

Some note on the talk “Fully Realizing the Microservices Vision with Service Mesh” by Arijit Mukherji of SignalFx at AWS re:Invent 2018 (DEV312)

Find the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTHhsbKfpWg

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Talk summary: SRE principles by Tori Wieldt @ AWS re:Invent 2018

I caught a talk by Tori Wieldt at the New Relic booth at AWS re:Invent on “SRE principles”. Even though it was a short talk in the expo hall, rather than a formal scheduled one, it had a ton of good SRE material.

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Talk summary: Reactive DDD by Vaughn Vernon @ QCon2018

Some notes on the “Reactive DDD – When Concurrent Waxes Fluent” talk by Vaughn Vernon (author of Implementing Domain-Driven Design) at QCon 2018. (Currently I think you need to be logged in as a ticket holder to see the talk – I will post a link if it becomes public)

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