Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

10 Steps To Priming Kanban

Jesper Boeg has written one of the best and most succinct PDF docs on Kanban (43 pages in all). He breaks Kanban down into 10 steps that can be implemented piecemeal until your team has a comprehensive Kanban process governing all aspects of software development.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Solarwinds Press Release for Pingdom, Librato and Papertrail

Solarwinds, the Texas based enterprise IT management company that purchased Pingdom for an undisclosed amount, Librato for $40M and Papertrail for $41M over the last couple years, recently got in touch with me because my company, Insignum, uses all three of their products to manage our machine learning infrastructure in the cloud.

Solarwinds were attending Velocity 2015 in Santa Clara and asked for my take on their products to include in a press release.  Here is the excerpt that includes my comments:
“All of these SolarWinds Cloud products work well together as they're solving slightly different problems at each level of our technology stack,” said Andrew Thompson, co-founder and CEO of Insignum, an automated analytics intelligence company. “Pingdom is our go-to solution for understanding the overall health and stability of the web pages our customers engage with day-to-day, while Librato gives us an understanding of how all our infrastructure is performing to deliver value to users, and then when something breaks, Papertrail becomes the service that we use to drill into the exact details of the problem so we can devise a solution – its true value is simplicity.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Improving On-Site Search Functionality For

Back in 2013 when started gaining prominence and was regularly used by thousands of growth engineers, I started noticing that their on-site search functionality needed some improvement as relevant content was hard to find. I knew the small team were working hard to design and deliver important features that were growing the community, so I wanted to help out by articulating the problem and devising a solution that would be easy for them to implement and could almost immediately be leveraged by the community. 

Here is the short presentation I created and sent to Sean Ellis. It was subsequently used to improve their on-site search and is still used today by the community (note that instead of using Swiftype they went with a similar product called Algolia):

Improving Search on from Andrew Thompson

The Swiftype based search for that I setup when I created the above presentation is still working today (give it a try):

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Just launched my new company called Insignum

Yesterday I launched my new company called Insignum. It delivers anomaly detection and notification for your analytics across Mixpanel, KISSmetrics and Google Analytics.

The product provides data-driven startups with automated analytics intelligence to find deviations in expected customer behaviour as they happen. Using machine learning algorithms, it continuously searches your data and when an anomaly is detected it will notify you so that you can act on the insight.

If you have any feedback about the product I'd be very interested in hearing about it. Insignum's Twitter account is @insignum_io.