2022 Learning Summary
An answer Jason’s question “What did you learn in 2022?”
- I’m 6 months into working for a product company, the longest I’ve spent doing daily work on a single product
- Software architecture & refactoring works are ongoing. There’s never really a start or stop date
- Let your customers outgrow you
- MTTR > MTBF - Optimising Mean Time To Recovery is more important than trying to minimise Mean Time Between Failures.
- Wrote my first bash script!
It seems this topic is pretty closely related to software architecture.
- Reckoning with Conway’s Law - thoughtworks podcast featuring James Lewis & Martin Fowler
- Other Dan North & James Lewis stuff
- ING bank - A Case study of ING bank and their experiments with team topologies.
- Patterns of effective teams - A talk by Dan North about ways you can organise your teams for success.
Organisation Design Books
- Team topologies
- Accelerate - referenced heavily in the conference circle, podcasts, articles, other books. This book is a must read
- Working Backwards - Current read
A topic related to organisation design & architecture. Learning about cognitive load theory was pretty insightful, applicable to many areas of life.
This idea was introduced to me by James Lewis while discussing his experience & research on Team Topologies, software architecture, & complexity science.
User Experience continues to be a topic of interest. 2022 observations focused on the UX music apps mostly.
I wrote about dark patterns
Some stuff I read
- Designing Effective UX for Human Eyes
- Accidental Dismissal of Overlays: A Common Mobile Usability Problem
- Ethics, UX and our role in all this
- Engineering Management for the rest of us - this book was a lovely read
- Managing client relationships (as a consultant)