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Lessons learned in
doing lots with few people.

Ed Freyfogle - UK Scale Camp - 4 Dec. 2009
About us:
About us:
4.5 full time devs, 0 ops, 0 IT support

Operate in 5 markets, 4 languages, ~ 2M UU/month

Mountains of data upd...
Work Smarter, Not Harder

          Do less, better

               NOT

       Do more, more quickly
No Fires
Bad news is fine. No surprises!

Love your automated tests

Clear development/testing/launch process
Speaking of Processes…
Have a process
      hiring, speed day, ops tasks, mundane/repetitive work

Adapt the process as yo...
Make your team easy to join
Make documenting easy
      - wiki, autogenned doc pages, don’t doc things that don’t need it
...
Stand on shoulders of giants

Reuse, don’t reinvent

But not always …..
      (not invented here versus not understood her...
Get other people to do your work
Things not to skimp on
Formal training

Events/Conferences

“fun” projects

Hardware
DO LESS, BETTER!!!!
Learn more
  About me:
        @freyfogle

  About Nestoria:
        http://www.nestoria.com
        @nestoria
Questions?
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Lessons learned in doing lots with few people

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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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Lessons learned in doing lots with few people

  1. 1. Lessons learned in doing lots with few people. Ed Freyfogle - UK Scale Camp - 4 Dec. 2009
  2. 2. About us:
  3. 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. 4. Work Smarter, Not Harder Do less, better NOT Do more, more quickly
  5. 5. No Fires Bad news is fine. No surprises! Love your automated tests Clear development/testing/launch process
  6. 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. 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. 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. 9. Get other people to do your work
  10. 10. Things not to skimp on Formal training Events/Conferences “fun” projects Hardware
  11. 11. DO LESS, BETTER!!!!
  12. 12. Learn more About me: @freyfogle About Nestoria: http://www.nestoria.com @nestoria
  13. 13. Questions?

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