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todayMay 14, 2022

Culture Jake

Tips for managing a team’s stress

As a leader, it can be tempting to push your team to get the most out of them and to get results. People don’t like like saying no and often just want to be helpful and give it their all. Many people will even offer to do things like take [...]


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Culture Jake

Tips for managing a team’s stress

As a leader, it can be tempting to push your team to get the most out of them and to get results. People don’t like like saying no and often just want to be helpful and give it their all. Many people will even offer to do things like take ...

todayApril 1, 2022

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cloud Jake

WordPress on AWS, begrudgingly

WordPress and AWS have a lot in common. They are both insanely popular, very accessible, and even launched within a year of each other. They are both very easy to get started with and even easier to get tangled up in complexity if you’re not careful. What follows is an ...

todayMarch 28, 2022

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industry Jake

Helping engineers make better estimates

One insight that I’ve found pretty ubiquitous in my career is that engineers hate being made to provide estimates on things. Still, in my role selling consulting engagements and projects, estimates were almost always needed and engineering input has been essential in making them. As an engineering leader, I’ve developed ...

todayMarch 6, 2021

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industry + cloud Jake

Critiquing cloud lockin

I hear a lot of talk about cloud lockin. I hear it from people with self funded startups, authors on tech blogs and developers. The argument I hear most is that if you start using cloud native tooling, you’ll become dependent on it, accumulate tech debt and be forever burdened. ...

todayNovember 2, 2020

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secure development + industry Jake

Calling the brute(force) squad

I got this picture in my family chat recently with a the question “is this correct?” The short answer is “kinda”. The long answer is this blog post 🙂 What is Brute Forcing Put simply, brute forcing means that a password is guessed. This is as opposed to it having ...

todayJuly 31, 2020

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industry Jake

Security doesn’t have to be a blocker

A few months ago during a conversation at a secops event, the topic of granting exceptions came up. One of the attendees was shared his dismay. “Management is always steamrolling me” he complained, “people are just being lazy, they should be able to do it right” and added “if it ...