Sooner or later, every technology organization faces a necessary evil: migrations. Maybe the old system is not scaling or the implementation is too brittle to adapt to a new feature. Maybe it’s not capable of interoperating with newer systems. Whatever the reason, the time will inevitably come to migrate part of your application from one implementation to another.
When Sean Duhame was asked last night how the role of designer has changed, he explained that designers today have more responsibility than they did ten years ago. “The world now understands that design is the linchpin for success,” he said. Not surprisingly, designers are constantly pushing themselves to get better at their craft and sometimes, that means stepping away from the screen to learn from design leaders.
Name: Adam Darowski
Role: Senior design engineer (product designer on the social media team)
What song is stuck in your head these days? Music is a big deal to me and it constantly fuels my work. The best album I’ve heard so far in 2015 comes from a new band from Ipswich, UK called War Waves. I recommend the track “Trophy Life”.
How do you like your coffee? Hand me the cone of shame because I’m a tea drinker. Nothing fancy—black tea, no cream or sugar, steeped until the cup is empty. Rinse and repeat all the live long day.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? Hm, how about a couple things? First, I recently started recording music after taking a decade off. Second, I created an alternate baseball Hall of Fame populated by a mathematical formula (because I’m a baseball history and stat nerd.)
Last night, we hosted the first Tech Talk at Night here at HubSpot HQ. Over 100 product and engineering gurus came out to hear from our very own Ben Anderson on React.js and Wayfair's Andrew Rota and Matt DeGennaro on Tungsten.js. Two hours, three dynamic speakers, and dozens of carefully-crafted Pimm's cups later, we all had learned a few new names and front-end tips.
With over 25,000 members in 18 countries, Women Who Code is making a dent in the way companies and communities think about, talk about, and solve for women in tech. “Our programs are focused on giving women in the tech industry the skills, opportunities, and network they need to stay in their careers and help them make it to the top.” That’s how Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code (WWCode), described the organization’s mission to me last week.
Years ago, a mentor of mine talked to me about the distinction between leadership (coping with change) and management (coping with complexity). A tech lead does a little bit of both: we have to come up with the vision for growing the technical systems that solve problems for our customers and shepherd the solution from concept to production. While all that’s going on, we need to guide, manage, and support the people on our team so that they can always be growing. For first-time TLs, this can be an intimidatingly wide spectrum of responsibility. I know it was for me.