Category: management

On growing up

Excerpts/paraphrasing from the book “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful” by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter. When we do what we have to do, we are compliant. When we do have we want to do, we…

Harmful Corporate Culture

Things that harm a team or a company can include the following.

SRE Characteristics

An SRE team deals with various domains of influence.  I am outlining some of the ones that I find to be the most prelevant, in no particular order. Sometimes an SRE organization may be known as the ‘no’ organization. This is really unfortunate. I…

Prima Donna

Working in technology, I have had to deal with my fair share of prima donna engineers. A few characteristic that such engineers share include high technical skill set, low social skills, egotistical, argumentative, arrogant, stubborn, impatent, and overall difficult to work with. Some companies…

Qualities of a good manager

I had written a brief blog about the qualities of a good manager that can be viewed here. I am including a picture here to illustrate the point.

A picture is worth a thousand words

When building a new team, a number of factors have to be taken into account. These can be summarized in a visual called a ‘team canvas’ , as seen below. Why was the team formed? Define the purpose of the team in the center. List…

How to hire talent

Introduction Have been on both sides of a site reliability engineer interview, I have come to realize that interviewing is as much art as it is science. Although there are companies which have tried to make interviewing a numbers game, and to abstract out…

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