Building an appier web
December 23, 2019
For too long, the Web has been seen as a poor relation to native apps, but no longer! Weve been able to add websites to our home screens for a while, but with better offline support and notifications and richer metadata, we can finally build web experiences that rival or exceed native apps. Andy Davies explains how these technologies can be combined to deliver great web experiences.
Exploring privilege in open source communities
December 18, 2019
While it's not easy to talk about, exploring privilege is necessary if we want to make sure open source is truly open for everyone. Taylor Barnett explores a number of sources of privilege, including axes of identity like race and gender and factors such as family responsibilities, financial resources, and the luxury of free time, and considers how they can affect participation in open source.
Communicating and managing change
December 3, 2019
Evolving teams and evolving companies are a constant in the career of a leader; helping your team navigate through that change becomes critical to your success as a manager and for the organization. Rocio Delgado shares dos and don'ts for managing and communicating change in your team or organization, which may highlight where your own skills need to evolve.
OODA, maps, and antifragility: A case study in pragmatism
November 24, 2019
OODA isnt just for DevOps. Mapping isnt just for strategists. Antifragility isnt just for Netflix. Once we get beyond cargo-culting ideas, we can begin to understand how they arose and in what context. But how do we apply them? Aneel Lakhani explores the practical application of these ideas through examples from his daily work.
Pixels and place: What online experiences can borrow from offline spaces and vice versa
November 17, 2019
The metaphors used online have always borrowed heavily from the offline world, but as our online and offline worlds converge, the biggest opportunities for innovative experiences will come from blending them intentionally. Kate ONeill examines how the meaning and understanding of place relates to identity, culture, and intent and how we can shape our audiences' experiences more meaningfully.
Dont build Death Star security: Maintaining agility and security in distributed and microservice architectures
October 31, 2019
Death Star security describes a system that relies entirely on an outermost security layer and fails catastrophically when breached. David Strauss explores security methods strong enough to cross the public Internet, flexible enough to allow new services without altering existing systems, and robust enough to avoid single points of failure.
The many minds of the maker: The programmer's mental model and the coding designer
October 10, 2019
Design practitioners are beginning to understand the practical utility of writing code as a way to make design happen, but the obstacles to skill building are a significant barrier to entry and require designers to reframe how they think about work (and their own learning). Livia Labate offers guidance on how to navigate these challenges.