The Harm of Design & Architectire Interviews

The past year was quite eventful for me: I changed my job, my stack, domain and even my country of residence. This process was accompained by a series of interviews in not the most favorable season for hiring. And now I have some thoughts to share about the whole process of interviewing. While there are many articles and opinions criticizing the algorithmic section and LeetCode problems during the interviews, I believe that between popular interview types, there’s a more detrimental section: Design & Architecture....

3 February 2024 · 6 min · 1079 words · Lev Dragunov

The power of Vision Docs

In my recent conversations with colleagues who have been recently promoted to staff engineer positions, I’ve observed a tendency to underestimate the value of high-level visionary documents in favour of highly detailed design documents for upcoming features. Many believe that “abstract conversations about the future” detract from actual work. However, I strongly believe that a certain portion of visionary docs brings a significant boost for the software team. And in this article, I will show how....

15 June 2023 · 4 min · 683 words · Lev Dragunov