Published in Forbes: "Move to the Edge, Declare it Center"

Today, Forbes published my article, "Move To The Edge, And Declare It Center: The Leadership Genius Of The Thoroughly Modern Jane Jacobs". We're excited to be featured in a prominent publication, and we hope that this will become a regular contributor column where we can share insights that relate to leadership, operations and infrastructure to help you solve complex challenges.

So You Want to Avoid a "Google Memo" at Your Organization: Here's How

It came as a trickle of references on Facebook. A Googler wrote a rant about gender and tech. At first, it blended into the background murmur of people with inflammatory attitudes online. Then, the original text was published, which was shortly followed by a spot-on rebuttal. Then, that trickle of conversation peppering my Facebook feed soon became a tidal wave of response. This Googler’s (James Damore’s) memo deeply affected many of the most talented and experienced women I knew in tech.

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Jen Leech, Truss Cofounder, Included in List of Accomplished Women Speakers in Tech

It started with a tweet in mid-April, where tech writer Melanie Ehrenkranz asked the wide world of Twitter for recommendations of women who can and do speak at tech conferences. All-male conference slates and panel participants are unfortunately frequent in many industries, but they particularly plague tech events. Ehrenkranz's tweet received more than 1,500 replies, many with dense little lists of awesome women in tech, all of whom are qualified to speak about subjects other than just diversity and inclusion, important though that is. 

Ehrenkranz released her list yesterday, accompanied by stats about speaking time by gender at major conferences and advice about not tokenizing non-male speakers, speakers of color, and other underrepresented groups. It's worth a read as both a call to action and as a state of the union for attempts at gender parity in tech talks (to say nothing of the list of 1,000-plus smart, accomplished women in tech embedded at the end of the article). 

At Truss, we strongly believe that diverse groups are smarter groups (and are far from the only ones to feel that way), but the article had one more bit of delight for us: our own Jen Leech, VP of Engineering and Truss co-founder, was included on the list. Jen is indeed a strong technical speaker and welcomes opportunities to bring her expertise to your panel or conference. Just drop us a line


Truss Awarded GSA IT Schedule 70 Contract to Expand Infrastructure Services to Federal Agencies

We are excited to announce that Truss has been awarded a contract on GSA’s  Federal Supply Schedule 70 for IT goods and services. This award enables Federal agencies to work directly with Truss to modernize infrastructure, reduce demands on internal teams, and deliver better constituent services.

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Man, ‘splained: 40-Plus Years of Man Page History

Man, ‘splained: 40-Plus Years of Man Page History

A man page is the most common form of Unix and Linux documentation. Despite the name, they’re not exactly what modern engineers expect from more typical product documentation - and they’re also definitely not tutorials. However, with their own particular format, they’ve become a vital part of regular learning and work for most developers, perhaps the most common “M” in the admonishment to RTM. With something so omnipresent, it’s easy to take it for granted - there’s a utility, so the utility has a man page. Of course.

But the history of man pages is tied inextricably to the history of Unix (in fact, they share a birthday) and is threaded through a certain formative era of computer science. Man pages go back to Bell Labs, back to Jerry Saltzer’s doctoral thesis proposal in 1964, back to decisions that were made without the intention of determining the way certain areas of programming would work for decades. And maybe that’s the biggest lesson of this whole story: never treat a solution as a stopgap or a prototype (particularly if you’re working in Bell Labs in the late 60s or early 70s). Your “This’ll do for today” could become the standard for the generations to follow.

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There’s Method to the Mentoring: Advice from a Teacher Turned Developer

Whether you’re interested in becoming a mentor, have been mentoring for years, or are curious about teaching practices in the context of software development, Truss engineer Andrea Mitchell discusses five pieces of advice that should give you a general idea of what to aim for and expect from the mentor-mentee relationship.

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Truss CTO Mark Ferlatte's Talk from the 2016 Percona Data Performance Conference

At this year’s Percona Data Performance Conference, Truss co-founder and CTO Mark Ferlatte took a critical look at the default settings in my.cnf, the MySQL config file. 

In this talk, Mark explains the fears and hopes that go into creating defaults – and some MySQL defaults you can change today to get your own MySQL experience to better work for you and your goals.