Performance is my feature

I’ve spent several days trying to figure out what I want to talk about on my blog, this process has lead to soul searching about what it is that I do day to day and what I want to be doing. If you had asked me 5 years ago what I wanted to be doing today I’d have told you I wanted to be a DBA, today I’m not that I’m probably best classified as a Technical Product Manager – I manage the product portfolio, the development team & their schedule, I define architecture, I review code, I write code.

One of the main things I’m aware of is how much I enjoy my role despite finding myself moving out of the world of the production developer in to a more person oriented role.

I’m totally fine with bridging both worlds.

That thought alone is a very scary one, it shows a level of maturity I didn’t possess a few years ago when I was 100% certain that I would remain at the daily technical grind stone for another 10 years at least.

This thought lead has helped shape the second question, what is it I want to write about? This blog has always existed for a reason, it used to be a case that it was simply a place to output the technical fixes I came up with and now that is not something which is so relevant to me my focus has shifted.

My focus is now firmly on the performance of our architecture as a whole and I see my time is best spent making sure that the other developers I work with have access too data which is:

  • Timely
  • Relevant
  • Actionable

As such I’m investigating what is around for us to use, NewRelic (Which we currently use) vs other products and stacks such as Bosun / OpServer or Stackify.

I’m starting the process by looking in to Bosun & scollector, my thoughts will follow in a few days.

Back to blogging

It has been over a year since I’ve felt the urge to write anything on my blog, the stresses and strains of modern life reached the point where it was all too much and I dialed back my engagement in the online world.

More recently though I’ve felt the need to write about some of my experiences both with technology (Here’s looking at you AngularJS!) and with the softer skills I’ve been sharpening since taking on the development team at ${DayJob}.

To keep myself amused until I’m finished writing more posts I present a picture of pancake bunny.

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