Q: In my experience, there are many dads who have made it 2/3rds of the way up the corporate ladder and then feel stuck and unsatisfied that their careers are getting in the way of their desire to be involved fathers. What advice do you have for these dads who may be at similar crossroads in their lives?
A: When you are climbing the ladder it can feel that reaching that next rung and that next rung is always critically important and you must be hyper-focused on attaining it. However, sometimes the best decision is to stay one rung below, and think through the tradeoff between the next rung and what your family life could be if you stay where you are for a while. There will absolutely be a stigma of not being ambitious or dedicated enough to one’s company and career. We need to really think about how we feel about that perception and the trade-offs involved—and I don’t think it is a free decision, there is a trade-off involved. As a result of my choice, I may have fewer career options going forward, but I will still have really good options. As I said before, this decision was easier for me considering the good fortune I’ve had in my career than it may be for most other working dads.
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Even with its presidential imprimatur, the Ad Hoc team sometimes struggled to implement the newer approach. Contractor employees, for example, balked at taking up New Relic, a software product that monitors a server or application’s performance in real time. (Previously, the engineers had to rely on human testers to tell them whether the system was running slow or working poorly). After one such encounter, Dickerson blew up. “If I hear one more person tell me we can’t use New Relic,” he announced at one meeting, “I’ll punch him in the face.”
Eventually, the outsiders won the grudging respect of the lifers, as they brought order to the site through careful monitoring, automated testing, and a collaborative, methodical, common-sense approach to bug-fixing. Though the Ad Hoc engineers didn’t exactly transform a lumbering beast into a gazelle, they successfully patched HealthCare.gov to the point where it could at least perform its mission. In April, President Obama told the nation that despite its woeful debut, HealthCare.gov ultimately was key to the government exceeding its goal as 8 million people signed up online for new health insurance policies. Few in the know could dispute a secondary outcome of the tech surge: It proved that even in complicated government projects, Silicon Valley’s agile style really worked. And it gave Todd Park a perfect opportunity to pounce.
Our early testing showed that high throughput apps are not a good choice for your first Docker deployment, due to the Docker network stack. Release 1.0 of Docker brought reliable host-based networking and that may have changed this situation–we’re investigating that now. Applications where each instance must stay up for a long time are not a good first choice, either.