Passion for the craft comes through in the finished product.

This weekend my wife and I had someone come over to talk to us and give us a quote on having a new dining room table built custom for us. Nothing extravagant, we want to get a high-quality piece of furniture that will hold up to life with pets and young kids.

When I first called Pete to inquire about having the table made he answered the phone and stated that he was the Master Craftsman who builds all of the furniture (it is a one man shop.) I liked how he said it. It was very matter of fact.


Today marks my 1 year anniversary at CloudHealth Technologies. This last year has been a whirlwind to say the least. While today marks the anniversary of my start date at CloudHealth the story actually begins several months earlier.

In 2014 I was working at Springboard Retail who, I might add, are doing some awesome things in the retail space. On June 24, 2014 I got a message on Stack Overflow Careers from a guy named Joe Kinsella wondering if I might be interested in exploring opportunities at his startup. …


CloudHealth is growing really fast and on the engineering team we have reached the size where we are starting to bring in more junior developers. For us this means developers who have great talent and ability but are just out of school or recently out of school. I like to say that these girls and guys have horsepower.

Junior developers are not a blank slate, but they are about as close as you get in our industry. This means that as an organization we have an opportunity (an obligation even) to help these developers become great. I was extremely fortunate…


This morning at CloudHealth we had the best sprint retrospective we’ve had during my entire tenure (5 months already!?) Let me tell you why.

The sprint itself was really productive. We delivered a lot of value to our customers, we responded promptly to customer issues, and we moved ourselves forward strategically. That being said, no codebase, process, product, or engineer is perfect. We’ve all go our strengths, weaknesses, tendencies, and pet peeves. We all have opinions on what is done well, and what isn’t working.

At this retro our CTO Joe really encouraged us to take the gloves off and…


I’ve been at my new job at CloudHealth Technologies for about two months now. I feel incredibly grateful to be able to work with such a talented team and to have the opportunity to tackle hard problems in an increasingly interesting space. Additionally, I’ve learned a few things over the past 60 days now that i’ve switched from being a consumer of cloud services to a provider of value on top of cloud services.

Being a consumer of cloud services I look forward to new announcements from cloud vendors like Amazon, Google, and Digital Ocean. Whenever something new and cool…


TL;DR I love my job, I love my career, I love solving hard problems, and I love crafting great software. Just not as much as a I love my daughter.

When I was younger, i was one of the developers who would get to work early, code all day, leave the office after everybody else, and then get back online and code at night. It didn’t matter what I was coding on, I just wanted to be coding. Then a funny thing happened. My wife and I had a baby.

When I found out that Jen was pregnant I was…


I was just having a conversation with a colleague and he was telling me about how the bug count on one of our projects skyrocketed overnight (during the last week of a cycle) because QA finally looked at the output of our static analysis (Java findbugs) and logged defects on all the medium and high priority errors. We both lamented about how QA should do this earlier in the cycle so we don’t get swamped at the end.

My suggestion to him for the future: let’s break the build. We already perform static analysis as part of our build process…


Last night I had the pleasure of going to listen to Atul Gawande speak about medicine, healthcare, his latest book (The Checklist Manifesto), and more generally about making systems, processes, and procedures work as complexity increases beyond the capabilities of the individual.

As a surgeon, researcher, and writer Dr. Gawande has tackled some really difficult problems with regards to reducing deaths as a result of surgery and done an impressive amount of research across many fields (including with Boeing engineers, and people who build skyscrapers) to determine how to deal with complexity in a way that reduces error but also…


Over the past few weeks we’ve witnessed a couple of big outages in the cloud computer world. First there was the downtime on Amazon’s EC2 infrastructure, and then this week there was the Blogger outage on Google’s infrastructure. These high profile outages, coupled with the slightly different but orders of magnitude more damaging Playstation Network outage have gotten some people questioning the wisdom of building or moving services into the cloud, including the New York Times.

I’m still incredibly bullish on cloud-hosted services and the power and potential of the cloud. There are two fundamental reasons why. First, the cloud…


My name is Adam, and i’m a recovering Singleton addict. There, i’ve said it. I used to use singletons all the time because they make doing some things, like sharing state globally, incredibly convenient. My code was littered with XYZManager classes. The defining trait of these classes was the static GetInstance() method that magically enabled me to get access to that object and its state wherever I wanted!! What a great idea, right?

What a mess! I learned over time that the cost of changing one of these things, or the cost of doing a major refactor was really high…

Adam Schepis

Intrinsically curious. Dad. I hack @CloudHealthTech.

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