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Lessons learned in doing lots with few people

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Talk at Scale Camp UK 4 Dec 2009

Talk at Scale Camp UK 4 Dec 2009

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  • Aha. It *does* make sense. I actually thought it might be typo. Trying to imagine the meaning of slides without seeing the talk, doesn't always work well :-)
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  • @Harry Wood: Two ways of doing things breeds confusion when it is necessary to act quickly. Instead of doing you ask yourself 'Which process should I use in this case?'.
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  • Slide 6 'One bad way is better than two good ways' What does this mean?
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  • Excellent Fred as always
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  • 1. Lessons learned in doing lots with few people. Ed Freyfogle - UK Scale Camp - 4 Dec. 2009
  • 2. About us:
  • 3. About us: 4.5 full time devs, 0 ops, 0 IT support Operate in 5 markets, 4 languages, ~ 2M UU/month Mountains of data updating continually Relationships with most major European media groups Present data in many different ways: html, whitelabels, rss/gpx/kml, API, widgets, etc, etc.
  • 4. Work Smarter, Not Harder Do less, better NOT Do more, more quickly
  • 5. No Fires Bad news is fine. No surprises! Love your automated tests Clear development/testing/launch process
  • 6. Speaking of Processes… Have a process hiring, speed day, ops tasks, mundane/repetitive work Adapt the process as you need, but be explicit One bad way is better than two good ways
  • 7. Make your team easy to join Make documenting easy - wiki, autogenned doc pages, don’t doc things that don’t need it Clean interfaces between systems Interns - highly effective if good (ie well hired) and well managed
  • 8. Stand on shoulders of giants Reuse, don’t reinvent But not always ….. (not invented here versus not understood here) Make time to give back
  • 9. Get other people to do your work
  • 10. Things not to skimp on Formal training Events/Conferences “fun” projects Hardware
  • 11. DO LESS, BETTER!!!!
  • 12. Learn more About me: @freyfogle About Nestoria: http://www.nestoria.com @nestoria
  • 13. Questions?

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