This is part 6 of a 6 part series building a Growth mindset, for life and work.

What do empires, multi-billion-dollar valuations and love all have in common? Whether the participants are citizens, customers or partners, they are all built from commitment. And when it comes to lasting commitment, there are only two numbers that matter. The first is how often someone does something meaningful, and the second is how long they keep doing it. Otherwise known as engagement and retention.

Moving Forward

We’ve already discussed that “meaningful” in this context is all about knowing how our product or service fulfills our…

This is part 5 of a 6 part series building a Growth mindset, for life and work.

Where does your heart go when your mind wanders? How do you fill your time when there’s no one telling you what to do?

Try everything once…

Sometimes we find ourselves in new situations, where the routines that we’ve comfortably fallen into are made moot. Moving to a new city. Starting a new job. Suddenly being single. A complete redesign of your favourite analytics tool. Sometimes there are suggestions, like guidebooks, reviews or supporting documentation, but really the only way to become comfortable in that brave…

This is part 4 of a 6 part series building a Growth mindset, for life and work. Whereas previous posts focussed on more of the “why” , these next posts will focus on the “how”

Engaging with a new service or product is a lot like meeting someone for the first time. How do you introduce yourself? What do you talk about? Will this person become a life or business partner? Or will you just meet in passing? Perhaps it’s due to our bias for defining moments, that first impressions help define how we experience people, places and products. …

This is part 3 of a 6 part series building a Growth mindset, for life and work

Is a data artifact nothing more than the result of a series of aggregate events that have happened to some blank slate? Or is there some dark matter holding it together — which provides nuance that would otherwise be lost? Could the act of experiencing life be dissected with the same questions?

When performing our nightly backups of production data on which to perform analysis and other arcane magics, we’ve run into complications that have caused us to consider the idea of partial…

This is part 2 of a 6 part series building a Growth mindset, for life and work

There are few questions more intimately human than “how can we improve it”. It is one of our core strengths as an evolving species. One that has allowed us to transcend famine with farming, democratize knowledge with the printing press as well as the internet, and cross the continents with ease. It is almost always the case that “innovative” or “ingenious” is an admirable term to bestow upon someone. In both work and life, the very nature of the entrepreneurial spirit is built…

This is part 1 of a 6 part series building a Growth mindset, for life and work

The revolution was televised. Static webpages became a thing of the past, and as the content became more dynamic, so too did the technology behind it. Less noticeably though, there was a shift in the mindset of developers; waterfall development fell out of favour, and agile development awakened to its golden day. This mental shift has yet to happen in the realm of data analytics and science though. …

Originally published in Drupal Watchdog

In art, music and science, there is a commonly held belief that we become what we create. At Pantheon, we’ve set our sights on building the world’s best distributed website management platform — and so whether by coincidence or design, we’ve built an incredible distributed team. In many ways, the people and product are more similar than a cursory glance might suggest. For example, distributed systems are autonomous but collaborative, in that they coordinate their actions by passing messages.

Distributed teams are no different, in how they coordinate so that they can function independently in…

Originally published on Pantheon

Maybe you’re a seasoned Cassandra veteran, or maybe you’re someone who’s stepping out into the world of NoSQL for the first time — and Cassandra is your first step. Maybe you’re well versed in the problems that secondary indexes pose, or maybe you’re looking for best practices before you invest too much time and effort into including Cassandra in your stack. The truth is, if you’re using Cassandra or planning on using it to retrieve data efficiently, there are some limits and caveats of indexes you should be aware of.

Here at Pantheon, we like to…

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