• 07 Sep 2017

    On Change and Career

    I originally wrote this as talking points for a conversation I had with my team and wasn’t planning on sharing it more broadly. However, as I’ve been watching this crazy industry of ours over the last several months, I think that these thoughts apply to many more people than just those on my team and I hope that at least one other person finds them useful.

  • 04 May 2017

    Thoughts on a Next Generation API Gateway

    Over the last two years, I’ve had the opportunity to look at a number of different API Gateway products as well as participate in the design and development of a fit for purpose gateway service for my company. Through these opportunities, I have landed on a conclusion about the current API Gateway landscape and a vision for the future of API Gateways.

  • 12 Mar 2017

    My Workflow

    I initially became interested in personal workflow methods and tools when I started at Microsoft in 2006. Microsoft differed from my previous roles in that projects generally required coordination across multiple teams - meaning that there were lots of tasks to manage. Additionally, the corporate culture made heavy use of emails and meetings - meaning that tasks could originate from a variety of sources at almost any time. Without some kind of structure, working at Microsoft could very easily become purely reactionary. And as you may have experienced in your own work, reactionary work may keep you busy, but it doesn’t make you very effective. Most importantly, this kind of work doesn’t feel very satisfying.

  • 02 Mar 2017

    On Disappointment

    I’ve been completely unfocused this week waiting to hear the outcome of a meeting that I knew was planned for Tuesday. The meeting was of the admissions committee for MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In the fall, I began work on applying to the executive MBA program - and this process took me through writing 4 essays, securing 3 letters of recommendation, and even dusting off (translation: rewriting) my resume. In January, I advanced to the in-person interview stage of the process - it looked like this thing could really happen. However, everything came down to Tuesday’s meeting and I had not heard the outcome until this morning.