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Writing our 3-year technical vision

One of my initial goals was to come up with an overarching technical vision for the whole company aligned with our 3-year business strategy, and that would move us away from a monolithic architecture and central SRE team to a distributed system where we shift ownership to each team.

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Building stronger human teams by managing the inner lizards

Very early in your software building career, you hit the upper limit of what you could accomplish on your own. You naturally sought to extend beyond the limit by enlisting help from other human beings.

Why 'bring solutions not problems' doesn’t work

Many years ago, when I asked a very grumpy direct report to “start bringing solutions, not just problems,” it did not go well.

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