I've been de facto on call 24 hours a day ever since starting dev.to, but this weekend I'm going camping.

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Our bus count hasn't exactly been high since the project grew beyond my personal project gradually in the past year. Tomorrow I'll be leading a meeting to catch the team up on any details that might still be unclear about emergency states. To this point I've basically made myself available to deal with any potential issues, not that we've ever had anything major.

Anyway, wish me luck! 😊

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Modeling work life balance is the hardest thing to do as a leader. If you do not do it, how can you expect your employees?
At my current employer I am one of two tech coaches and a top tier senior dev, but I am in the office only 40 hours a week!
I catch shame from some of the other departments within my org (and some non engineers within IT), who typically put in 55 hour minimums...
I ask them why, and they say "because everyone else does". My response, "not in engineering"...
I also read tech every night, hack side projects, and live/breathe software engineering! My last name is spelled in binary (ASCII/UTF-8) on my left shoulder... plus I have a wife, kids, and two dogs.

 

Thanks, this is great advice. Relatively speaking, things aren't too bad on this front and things are getting better for me as we grow the team, which is currently up to six, five of whom code.

This trip is going to be great for my brain, and I am certain that I am a more motivated and creative contributor when I give myself this kind of medicine.

 

I think it's important to always be realistic about service requirements as well. Though we love the service, I don't think any of us would abandon the site if it were down for a while, even the weekend. It's really only sustained long-term problems that would drive users away.

It's unfortunate that some companies have this extreme focus on uptime even if their service doesn't really require it. If you're running a nuclear power plant, sure, you need ~100%. If you're a medical provider, sure, you need to be always available.

That is, enjoy your weekened. Even if something goes wrong nothing bad will happen. :)

 
 
 
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