Firebreaks, shall we?

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When I’ve started writing this article, it was already outdated; as a matter of fact, during these days the 2nd Edition of the Firebreaks is happening.

Firebreaks were one brand new initiative that we tried for the first time three months ago; you may have already read something about it, but we never had the chance to properly describe what is it, why we decided to do that and how it works.

First of all – as you might guess – we didn’t invent this ceremony; on the contrary, it is something that we copied and adapted to our organization.

In short, Firebreaks are a huge, challenging and inspiring initiative, with all the Engineering, Product, Design and Analytics teams involved.

Now that I hope I’ve got your curiosity, we can dive deep into it!

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Accelerate, the science of DevOps

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DISCLAIMER: this article is the transcription of an internal talk.
You can find the presentation here.
In Everli we have recurring internal moments that we use for sharing knowledge.
We are going to integrate the key points of the book we’re reviewing as we move forward and then we’ll share our learnings and outcomes.

Today I’d like to talk about one of the most interesting and educational books that I’ve recently read.

This book is Accelerate, the Science of Dev Ops and I liked it a lot for mainly three reasons:

  • it investigates the connection between software performance and business performance, a topic I always found very interesting and I consider crucial
  • it is highly practical and not too much philosophical: there’s a bunch of concrete actions and suggestions to implement
  • there’s a lot of science behind it: the rigorous mathematical approach has been one of the most appreciated aspects by the community

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To Remote And Beyond!

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I’ve thought a lot about writing on remote work in Supermercato24.
I know that this topic has already been extensively discussed, examined and studied; I honestly think that it should not be considered and described every time as the new thing, but unfortunately it seems that there are a lot of concerns and fears (some of them are actually reasonable) around it that sometimes prevent it to be supported and implemented.

Supermercato24 is an Italian scale-up born in late 2014, we have just overcome the 100 employees threshold and our technical team (25 people at the time of writing) is fully remote; if we’re specifically considering the Italian startup ecosystem, I can say that we were among the first to believe in this work philosophy.

Behind the word remote there are many related aspects and the theme is certainly wide and complex; hence we’re going to split it into a series of blog posts, making it easier to dive deep into its different faces.

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