Category: essays

  • System Resilience

    System Resilience

    Little did I know towards the end of last year, while setting up a system to allow my professional growth, that it was going to become the lighthouse bringing me to safe harbor during the tempest.

  • Personal Scalability

    Ever had a moment you felt you couldn’t scale? It happened to me about three months ago, in the middle of the summer, about three months in a new role.

  • A day in my life as an Automattician

    A day in my life as an Automattician

    I work for Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com We are a fully distributed company, which means that we all work from wherever we are, where want to be. With 280 people as of this day, this represents an extremely interesting experiment about what the workplace of tomorrow could be.

  • On communication within a distributed team

    A team can be distributed in many different ways, one of the biggest differentiating factors being the distance between team members, wether they are located in different cities, countries, but most important: different time zones. While time difference has some very positive side effects, like making it possible to reach 24h/day coverage without actually asking people to work at night, it also happens to be one of the biggest changes to adjust to, as some team members’ working hours may only overlap shortly, or not at all. Enters: async communication.

  • The end of time

    Time as a metric to evaluate work and production might have been justified during the industrial period following the introduction of the production line by Ford. When the machines and not the workers decide of the rhythm, it might make sense to pay workers by the hour. When that doesn’t happen though, when the added value is intellectual and not manual, usin

  • Is working remotely hereditary?

    I didn’t really realize it at the time, but I grew up totally stranger to the notion that to perform a task you had to actually go every day to an office, a factory, or any other facility.