Sunday, September 12, 2021

Good talks/podcasts (September 2021 II)

These are the best podcast/talks I've seen/listen to recently:

  • Chapter Two with Christina Wodtke, Author of Radical Focus (Christina Wodtke, Barry O'Reilly) [Company Culture, Culture, Engineering Culture, Inspirational] [Duration: 0:31:00] A great discussion to understand how to correctly introduce and use OKRs.
  • Day Two Cloud 111: Infrastructure As Software With Kris Nóva (Kris Nóva) [Cloud, Devops, Infrastructure, Platform, Platform as a product] [Duration: 0:53:00] thought-provoking podcast episode. Kris Nóva, claims that managing infrastructure using tools like Terraform isn’t that far away from just writing your own code to do the job yourself.
  • Rails Conf 2013 The Magic Tricks of Testing (Sandi Metz) [Agile, Technical Practices, XP, testing] [Duration: 0:32:00] (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) This talk strips away the veil and offers simple, practical guidelines for choosing what to test and how to test it. Finding the right testing balance isn't magic, it's a magic trick; come and learn the secret of writing stable tests that protect your application at the lowest possible cost.
  • Honeycomb's secret to high-performing teams (Charity Majors) [Continuous Delivery, Engineering Culture, Operations, Technical leadership] [Duration: 0:51:00] (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) Interesting conversation about high performance engineering organizations and how the pace of production is the heartbeat of the organization. They also discuss some very interesting ideas about how great teams generate great engineers, rather than the other way around.
  • Why There are Now So Many Shortages (It's Not COVID) [General, Lean] [Duration: 0:20:00] Interesting documentary on the impact on supply chains of the pandemic and how in many cases trying to use (without following the principles) lean ideas has generated fragility and lack of adaptability.
  • Software Engineering podcast: Episode 473: Mike Del Balso on Feature Stores (Mike Del Balso) [Data Engineering, Data Science, Machine Learning] [Duration: 0:55:00] (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) Mike Del Balso co-founder of Tecton discusses Feature Stores and how it helps operationalize Machine Learning.
  • WTF is Platform as a Product? (Matthew Skelton) [Devex, Platform, Platform as a product, team topologies] [Duration: 1:28:00] Matthew explains why the platform-as-product approach can be a game-changer for organisations building and running software-enabled products and services. Using ideas and patterns from Team Topologies—including Thinnest Viable Platform, team cognitive load, and the evolutionary team interaction modes—he explains how organisations like Adidas and Uswitch have successfully used the platform-as-product model to accelerate and simplify the delivery of software at scale.
Reminder, All these talks are interesting even just listening to them, without seeing them.


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