Why systems fail and what can be done about it?

A recent team meeting at Squad touched the topic of "system robustness". Clients and business operations want their systems to work, which is a very reasonable expectation. That's what we engineers are paid for after all. Everybody gave their input over what a robust system means to them. The responses made two points very clear:1. … Continue reading Why systems fail and what can be done about it?

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Organization Archetypes And The Concept Of Market-Oriented “Solver Teams”

Organizations which designs systems are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structure of the organization. In other words, how we organize our teams has a powerful effect on the software we produce, as well as our resulting architectural and production outcomes. Thus, in order to get a fast flow of work from … Continue reading Organization Archetypes And The Concept Of Market-Oriented “Solver Teams”

Devops and The Principle Of Flow

In the technology value stream, work typically flows from Development to Operations, steps consisting of functional areas between our business and our customers. As stated in the lean principles developed by Toyota, we should optimize to get a single-piece fast and smooth flow for our releases. We increase flow by: Making work visible, Reducing batch … Continue reading Devops and The Principle Of Flow

7 Tips On Making Your Engineering Workflow Faster

One of the most important thing that I like about pair programming with other awesome engineers is you get to see their workflows. How they get things done? How they get find and make their way around tools, terminal, and editors? After witnessing and getting awestruck by many such experiences I realized that having an … Continue reading 7 Tips On Making Your Engineering Workflow Faster

Fail Fast: Hone Your Ability to Recover and Respond Quickly

It's close to midnight and you are about to wrap your day off. Suddenly you get a pager-duty to resolve a critical bug that's failing some of the automated reporting emails. You go on to check the logs in the log management tool. This is not the ideal time to find out that logs are not … Continue reading Fail Fast: Hone Your Ability to Recover and Respond Quickly

Practical Problem Solving Framework: Inspired By The Toyota Way

We all will agree to a certain point that having a system/process for anything reduces chances of errors. As an engineer or someone people look forward to propose solutions to problems it's beneficial to have a framework in place to solve problems effectively. Recently I was reading The Toyota Way, and it suggested a framework to Practical Problem … Continue reading Practical Problem Solving Framework: Inspired By The Toyota Way

8 System Design Principles I learned After Doing It Wrong More than 50 Times!

  At Squad, we strive to build awesome products to solve customer(internal and external) needs. As a product engineer, paramount part of your job is to design and build products. Dig deep into the root cause of the problems, design solutions and implement them as the end product. Over the course of my journey so … Continue reading 8 System Design Principles I learned After Doing It Wrong More than 50 Times!