George Stefanis

Book review: Building microservices

21-Mar-2018

I’ve been working around Microservices for years, but only recently I did start wondering about how everything ties together. My experience at TransferWise helped me to start looking deeper in this world.

Reducing your Webpack bundle size

24-Feb-2018

The last couple of months, my team at Transferwise, has been working to deliver a new feature on our product. We call this feature Money Tracker and helps TransferWise users to track their money better. I've been developing it for the web using Angular in an external component. As a general approach for our frontend all of our new features are created in their own repository, using ES2015, Webpack and Babel.

Features vs Quality

14-Feb-2018

During the early stages of a company the focus is to move fast. It's a matter of survival. The founders have probably left some lofty careers, the money is limited and the competition feels very threatening. In an environment like this, where speed is the name of the game, quality is not exactly the number one priority. To be honest, that's the right approach. A mediocre product that's in front of users now is better that a very well written that never sees the light of the day.

László Moholy-Nagy, the first modern designer?

09-Oct-2017

Recently I was on a trip to New York. One of my first destinations was the Museum of Modern Art, and for a good reason. The MoMA is one of the best museums I've even been (along with Tate Modern in London).

The problem with outsourcing

27-May-2017

Today British Airways was all over the news. Fortunately no airplane tragedy happened. Unfortunately an IT tragedy happened. Specifically all systems went down worldwide due to a power supply issue.

Cultural fit is killing your company. Hiring for diversity.

20-May-2017

Back in the early 90s a group of experts, led by sociologist James Baron looked through various companies and followed them until the dot com crash in the dawn for the 21st century. They did focus mostly around, how the companies were managing to grow and the strategies they followed.

Feedback vs Noise

14-Apr-2017

Lately I've been thinking a lot about the concept of feedback. Specifically when the feedback stops being something constructive, that can enable you to grow, and becomes noise.

Empathy at work, lessons from the army

26-Jan-2017

Back in 2008 I was serving in the Greek army. It was a dull and boring period of my life, but not without learnings.

Macbook Pro 2016, one month review

02-Jan-2017

tl;dr: Buy it if you have a laptop before 2015, don't buy it if you have last years Macbook Pro. Also there are cheaper alternatives if you can't justify the steep price point. Overall it's really enjoyable and I like it.

Measuring your value

30-Nov-2016

There are certain types of work out there that you can visibly measure the work you did. When you are writing code you can measure the lines of code you wrote, or if you are more experienced the features you deployed.