… or how I learned to stop worrying and love commenting my code.

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This article, by Mathew Skelton and Manuel Pais, reminds me that, for everything that’s been made simpler in this era of cloud computing and micro-services, we’ve paid a price in terms of cognitive load. We simply need to keep more context in mind when making or evaluating any change to our code.

When we work in small teams this mass of context is quickly internalised, but what was easy to understand initially can become a problem as teams scale up. I’d like to explain why, and suggest some simple steps you can take from day one to ease that pain.

Get comfortable, it’s story time…

In the early days of a company or project, there’s very little code maintained by very few people. …


Introduction

In this article, we’ll talk about our experiences scaling up our development team at Heetch. In particular, we’ll focus on the organisational issues that emerged from growth, and from technical changes. Finally, we’ll introduce the concept of “Developer Care”, and how we’ve used it to overcome these challenges.

A little history

In the early days of Heetch, life was simple. We had a monolithic web application developed in Ruby on Rails and a small team of pioneers. At this point communication was easy. Everyone knew who was working on what. Ideas were freely shared. …

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Geoffrey Teale

Software Engineer in Heetch’s Developer Care team.

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