Ten Years On – The Million Monkeys Project

I want to tell you a story about how my life changed. It wasn’t a cult, new religion, or programming language. A million monkeys changed my life.
Ten years ago, I randomly recreated…

Analysis of Confluent’s S1

Confluent just filed their S1 to IPO. I worked with Confluent starting in March of 2015, and we eventually parted ways. At my company, we continue to work with streaming technologies, inc…

It’s Time to Change How We Manage Data Teams

As a distributed systems person, I’m used to figuring out how to spread a problem out to the most number of computers possible. Spreading out a problem lets me leverage my resources far b…

Data Engineering Technology Tree

“What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean.” ― Isaac Newton

Data engineering is one of the disciplines where you just know a drop. Some companies are saying it’s easy, a…

Data Teams Survey Results

Between August 19, 2020, and October 17, 2020, I ran a survey to get more data for my latest book Data Teams. Overall, we had 86 respondents.
This survey was designed to get information abo…

What It Looks Like When a Team Is Missing

Data teams require all of their parts to be complete and succeed. When one of the teams of a data team is missing, the other teams will suffer.
Often, organizations or team members don’t und…

Announcement: Data Teams Is Out!

I’m thrilled to announce that Data Teams: A unified management model for successful data-focused teams is available for purchase!  My goal is to drive a real increase in the percentage of s…