The Changelog – Episode #412

Estimating systems with napkin math

featuring Simon Eskildsen

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We’re joined by Simon Eskildsen, Principal Engineer at Shopify, talking about how he uses a concept called napkin math where you use first-principle thinking to estimate systems without writing any code. By the end of the show we were estimating pretty much everything using napkin math.

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