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What is a Solutions Architect (and how can you become one)?

If you’re familiar with career options in software engineering, you’ve come across the role of Solutions Architect. The role often links with experience, defining itself as a creative, visionary role. It is one that understands, defines, and manages technical solutions to business challenges. But what exactly does a Solutions Architect do day-to-day, and how can you work towards becoming one?

Applying Mental Models to Building Digital Products

As the singularly focused business development person at Simple Thread, I greatly admire the work of the researchers, designers, and engineers I get to work with every day.

First rule of the team: Size

If you google “the best size of an engineering team” you would come to the numbers 5 to 7 quite fast. And it won’t be wrong: having 5 to 7engineers per team is ideal. There are several arguments to justify that.

Build Your Career on Dirty Work

Whenever people ask me for advice on career growth, I share what has worked reasonably well for me: find a growth company, one that really needs you to get work done, and then tackle the unpleasant work that everyone avoids.

How management by metrics leads us astray

MRR first, everything else second. I would ruthlessly cut out all activities that don’t lead to a measurable MRR increase. For example, I would stop writing blog posts like the one you’re currently reading. I certainly wouldn’t create fun projects like What to Tweet or take the time for non-transactional Zoom calls.

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Free Learnk8s Training Series: Scaling Apps, Nodes, and Clusters

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