A weekly newsletter by Nat Bennett about software, humans, and systems

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May
15

DevOps for Application Developers

Unfortunately, Númenor has drowned, so you're probably going to have to learn about something called Kubernetes.
10 min read
May
08

App mindset, Infra mindset

Hey there newsletter readers. I'm Nat Bennett, software consultant and dog namer extroardinaire (current front runners for the next one:
3 min read
May
01

Use retros to quickly gauge team health

I often need to be able to quickly assess how a team is doing: its morale, its ability to solve problems, and the obstacles in its way to being able to solve those problems. In the first weeks on a team I typically be ask myself a handful of standard questions.
2 min read
Apr
24

A new season of Simpler Machines

Hello again, much-missed e-mail companion! I’m Nat Bennett, and you’re reading the first issue of the second season
3 min read
Nov
12
An Interview with Ignition Works

An Interview with Ignition Works

Hey there. You're reading Simpler Machines, a weekly newsletter about the human side of software development. I'm Nat Bennett, a
16 min read
Nov
05
An office with a door that closes

An office with a door that closes

I don't need to win an argument with anyone, even with myself, about whether the thing that makes me happy and comfortable also makes me more productive.
4 min read
Oct
29
Why Does Pivotal Tracker Have a Priority Field?

Why Does Pivotal Tracker Have a Priority Field?

Does the Tracker team even use Tracker itself anymore?
6 min read
Oct
22
An Interview with Josh Aresty, Tech Lead at Braintree

An Interview with Josh Aresty, Tech Lead at Braintree

We talked about pairing, story acceptance, process change, adapting to remote work, and a neat technique I’d never heard of before for weekly planning.
41 min read
Oct
15
Newsletter Recommendations

Newsletter Recommendations

Here's the neighborhood you're in right now. These aren't the only newsletters I read, but they're the ones that have most influenced this one, or that I find the most consistently interesting.
4 min read
Oct
08
Conservation of Conflict

Conservation of Conflict

You can make conflict more pleasant, but only if you stop trying to get rid of it.
8 min read