Kristian Glass - Do I Smell Burning?

Mostly technical things

What I Want From a Hiring Take-Home Test

We’re doing a bunch of hiring right now. This process deliberately doesn’t include any kind of “take-home” exercise, no “go away and write some code and send it to us when you’re done”, no “programming challenge” or similar. Instead we use a pair programming exercise to try to assess technical ability.

Why? Because building a good take-home exercise is hard, building a bad take-home exercise is easy, and we’ve not yet come up with something that feels right.

Here’s a couple of properties I feel are absolutely critical and often missed:

Metabase - Data Exploration and Visualisation Made Easy

It’s been a while since a piece of software left me feeling as genuinely excited and happy as getting started with Metabase did. It’s some of the nicest tooling for internal “analytics” / “business intelligence” / “data introspection” I’ve come across.

(Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Metabase, I’m just enthusiastic about it)

Travel Tips

My team is completely distributed, but we meet up in Munich periodically. Here’s a couple of things I’ve learnt to do to make the travel easier for me.

When You Do X

My friend L taught me about a brilliant feedback framework (apparently originally from McKinsey) and it looks roughly like this:

When you do X, it makes me feel Y. [Optionally] In future I’d appreciate it if you could Z

I find this incredibly useful, thanks to a bunch of different properties it exhibits:

Everyday Carry

I’m rarely without my shoulder bag, a habit that’s persisted since my school years.

Here’s a selection of what it contains, as a reminder/inventory for myself, for potential interest to others, and because I have an Amazon referral account.

Code Builders vs Task Orchestrators - Two Kinds of CI System

I feel like there’s two very different kinds of software that label themselves as “CI servers” and that picking the right one matters.

You can roughly divide most things up based on whether their primary object, the primary entity on which they operate, is a code repository or a more generic “task”/“job”

ShellCheck on CircleCI

Are you using ShellCheck on your shell scripts? If not, you probably want to.

Are you using CircleCI to run your tests etc.? Then you may have already noticed that you can’t just apt-get install shellcheck.

Instead, you’ll probably want something like the following in your circle.yml:

Guys. Please Don’t

This is not new, this is not original, and other people have certainly written better and more eloquently about this. This is about me avoiding self-repetition

Some people, including some who are not male, have no problem being referred to as “guys”

Some people, some of whom may not be male, dislike being referred to as “guys”.

It feels like there’s two choices at this point when addressing mixed groups. One of which I understand, one of which I don’t.