Deciding what to work on is always difficult and is especially treacherous for folks working as infrastructure engineers and leaders. Infrastructure teams that solve the right problems subtilely shift their company’s trajectory upwards. Poor approaches lead toward a morass of firefighting and frustration. With so many opportunities and sometimes fuzzy metrics, planning is threading a needle between the tyranny of choice and the specter of ambiguity.
Will Larson (Stripe) unpacks the process of picking and prioritizing technical infrastructure work, which is rarely if ever discussed but is so essential to long-term company success. Will shares Stripe’s approach to evolving your approach to prioritizing infrastructure as your company scales, justifying—and maybe even expanding—your company’s spend on technical infrastructure, exploring the whole range of possible areas to invest into infrastructure, adapting your approach between periods of firefighting and periods of innovation, and balancing investment in supporting existing products and enabling new product development.
You’ll come away with a broad set of tools, frameworks, and ideas for plotting the future of your technical infrastructure.
This session was recorded at the 2019 O'Reilly Velocity Conference in San Jose.
Table of contents
- Title: How Stripe invests in technical infrastructure
- Release date: December 2019
- Publisher(s): O'Reilly Media, Inc.
- ISBN: 0636920338468
You might also like
Software Engineering at Google
Today, software engineers need to know not only how to program effectively but also how to …
Designing Distributed Systems
Without established design patterns to guide them, developers have had to build distributed systems from scratch, …
The Manager's Path (Audio Book)
Managing people is difficult wherever you work. But in the tech industry, where management is also …
Head First Design Patterns, 2nd Edition
You know you don’t want to reinvent the wheel, so you look to design patterns—the lessons …