Thursday Sep 14, 2006

Jarod Jensen Blogs

Thanks to Chris for finally getting Jarod Jensen to blog. This is good news for anyone interested in DTrace. See Jarod's stuff at DTrace Blog: The Texas Ranger. I collect Jarod links here if you are interested in more background. He's one of those must-meet guys, trust me.

Thursday May 25, 2006

Rubber Meets the Road

I've always loved the expression, "Where the rubber meets the road." It's just a simple way of putting something that cuts through the parsing, the shades of grey, the excuses, the nuances. The bullshit, basically. It works or it doesn't. So it's my favorite quote from this really nice Q&A where Kirk McKusick interviews Jarod Jensen. They dive into the reality and complexity of performance issues in mission-critical business systems. Somewhere buried in the article Jarod says, "What is always best, in my opinion, is to go to where the rubber meets the road. The developers ..." Also some excellent conversation about working in teams, organizational dynamics, and just plain taking responsibility for problems. Jarod shoots straight. He's remarkably precise. And I get the impression he focuses a lot. If you've never met him, don't miss the opportunity if you have the chance. He's pure gold. Here's another recent interview as well.

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