A Costly Mistake

A kind word goes a long way
life lessons
data science

Monday March 4, 2024

life lessons
data science

“This is the moment I’ve been waiting for”…until it wasn’t.

Several years ago as a budding data scientist I got excited by using a massive compute cluster. This is it. This is when I get to do Big Data Science, baby!

A few thousand dollars later, I realized my hundred-dollar-an-hour cluster wasn’t doing the thing I hired it to do.

My patient manager David Mantilla ssh’d into my cluster and discovered that out of the 64 cores I paid for, I was using only 1.

A good manager goes a long way. He just laughed as I stared in horror at my gross misconduct.

Be kind to the noobs. Because you still are one in many ways…

#nerdtalk #dev #datascience #lessonslearned


Bryan lives somewhere at the intersection of faith, fatherhood, and futurism and writes about tech, books, Christianity, gratitude, and whatever’s on his mind. If you liked reading, perhaps you’ll also like subscribing: