This is the blog of Seb Insua, a software engineer, consultant and engineering lead based in London.
When writing software my focus is on readability and reliability. An unfortunate industry norm is for software to be rewritten afresh as a greenfield project every two to three years. It is a story of repeated institutional knowledge loss and the companies that learn to do better than this surpass those that do not.
To bring about lasting software, software quality and cultural practices must grow trust and understanding in what exists and lower the cost of continuous, meaningful improvements by individual contributors. Subsequently the job of engineering leaders is to help others to carve out career-defining work from within legacy systems and to ensure that knowledge is permanently embedded into their organisation’s software, systems and people.
I like working in public, writing cultures, studying old software & protocols, asynchronous communication, literate programming, crypto, poetry, high leverage but low cost approaches, vertical integration, defactoring, inlining and colocation, decisions that allow problems to be circumvented, tooling and folk music.