Ruby is designed to make programmers happy. — Yukihiro Matsumoto, aka “Matz”
Connect engineers to their work
by making it easy to ship
with the support of a community.
Etsy operates internally like an online community: chaotic, irreverent, self-regulating and self-sustaining. -- Noah Sussman, Software Engineer
The way we do things shouldn’t work.
radical decentralization of authority
we trust people.
(and dogs) Dottie Milo “Dogs are part of the team, and are expected to commit code.”
Ari JM Diego Eric Seth
Code going out to our servers Milo Progress bar
Etsy respects the trade of engineering. Code as Craft. The first time I came to Etsy there was a quilt over the room where the engineers sat, it said "We [heart] engineers." - Bill Massie, Software Engineer
the traditional assembly line "deprives the worker of satisfaction. . . by the confinement of the worker to one manipulation repeated endlessly which denies the satisfaction of finishing a job."
If companies really want their workers to produce, they should try to impart a sense of meaning—not just through vision statements but by allowing employees to feel a sense of completion and ensuring that a job well done is acknowledged. -- Dan Ariely, The Upside of Irrationality (2010)
Easy deploys = developer happiness
Complete. At Etsy, this cycle takes an average of 21 minutes.
“[the corporation’s] social function as a community is as important as its economic function as an eﬃcient producer.”
We use it about 25x a day
The “Push Train”
20:11 -!- ross changed the topic of #push to: steve | mike | rachel | bill | ross
1. steve 2. mike 3. rachel 4. ross 5. bill
“intricate ballet in which the individual dancers and ensembles all have distinctive parts which miraculously reinforce each other and compose an orderly whole.” Jane Jacobs
The fact that the IRC and communication channels are as entertaining as they are useful is great. It makes newcomers feel comfortable and supported. --Justin Donato, Software Engineer
We use tools
to build happy communities
“. . . . unconscious assumption of general street support when the chips are down.”
Dev and ops cooperation. This can never be overstated.. . . . So many engineers watching each others backs. --Mike Brittain, Software Engineer
Your team is your community.
Help them finish things.
Give them a voice.
There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served. Jane Jacobs The Death and Life of Great American Cities 1961
Build a community
where you allow real human order to emerge to get things done