2020 a Year in Review

Even writing this feels weird, but so many of the year’s rituals have been up-ended or discarded, that it seemed necessary to continue with one that I can easily do on my own, so here we go. 2020 presented a lot of challenges, however I was incredibly fortunate and privileged to have been able to…More

Recommended Engineering Management Books

Over the past 3.5 years my career has grown and transformed from Individual Contributor (IC) to an Engineering Manager of multiple teams, and all the roles in between as I built the Azure Sphere Security Services (AS3) Team from 2 people to 20 people. I undertook this journey in the Summer of 2017 to help transform a Microsoft Research project, Project Sopris, into a Generally Available (GA) product Azure Sphere.

Below is my curated list of the most influential and impactful books that helped me along the way, and that I highly recommend to Engineering Managers

Design Docs, Markdown, and Git

About a year ago my software engineering team, the Azure Sphere Security Services (AS3) team, found ourselves struggling with our design document process.  So we ran an experiment, moving all our design documents to be written in Markdown, checked into Git, and reviewed via a pull request (PR). The experiment has been incredibly successful, so…More

2019 A Year In Review

My last blog post talked about 2017 being a year of change.  2018 and 2019 have been ones of intense growth and discovery.  It’s felt like a whirlwind, so let’s catch up on the basics.  Home I’m still living in and loving Seattle.  Moving back here proves over and over again to be the right…More


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Hi, I’m Caitie. I’m a Backend Brat and Distributed Systems Diva. I use this place to share my musings on technology.