Principal engineers should be on-call

A recent tweet that caught my attention read: “principal engineers should be on-call”. Of course they should be! I’m “surprised” they aren’t everywhere, but I can imagine some reasons to justify their situation. Let’s change that in this thread. ๐Ÿงต ๐Ÿ‘‡

July 14, 2021 · Tags: opinion, sre, twitter-thread
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Running a healthy production service

In a previous thread, I covered some techniques to approach on-call shifts and maintain your own well-being. In this thread, I will touch upon the things you can do, as a team, to make your service more sustainable. ๐Ÿงต ๐Ÿ‘‡

June 18, 2021 · Tags: sre, twitter-thread
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On software deadlines

In my career so far (which isn’t that long… but also not that short ๐Ÿ˜‰), I’ve been lucky enough to not be subject to strict deadlines. That’s why I’m always in awe every time I talk to fellow long-time Microsoft employees. A thread! ๐Ÿงต

April 20, 2021 · Tags: twitter-thread
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Always be quitting

A good philosophy to live by at work is to “always be quitting”. No, don’t be constantly thinking of leaving your job ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. But act as if you might leave on short notice ๐Ÿ˜Ž. Counterintuitively, this will make you a better engineer and open up growth opportunities. A thread ๐Ÿ‘‡.

April 12, 2021 · Tags: featured, opinion, twitter-thread
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Tips on well-being while on-call

Last week, I was first-time on-call for a part of Azure Storage. My previous background as an SRE at Google helped me remain calm despite my inexperience. And as we have more first-time on-callers joining soon, I couldn’t resist writing some advice for them. Let’s start! ๐Ÿงต

March 10, 2021 · Tags: sre, twitter-thread
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Down the memory lane with OS/2

OS/2 Warp 3 was the operating system that led me into an adventure back in 1994. This OS made me escape MS-DOS and Windows, and then made me enter the Linux world when I couldn’t afford Warp 4. Let’s walk down the memory lane!

August 4, 2020 · Tags: os2, retrocomputing, twitter-thread
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My 18 steps to prepare a great presentation

In the previous post, I shared my tips to give great presentations. But how do I prepare to give one? That’s a different story, so let’s take a look at my complete process.

July 17, 2020 · Tags: twitter-thread
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My 18 tips to deliver great presentations

I used to dread public speaking in middle and high school. College was OKish. Now… even though Iโ€™m far from an expert, I really enjoy it. How? I forced myself to give talks and strive for improvement in each of them. Here are the things I learned and do.

July 13, 2020 · Tags: twitter-thread
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