This is part of the Velocity Profiles series, which highlights the work and knowledge of web ops and performance experts.
How did you get into web operations and performance?
I’ve been doing web development and operations since 1996. Before there were different people running websites, one person was responsible for everything. So in addition to adding features, I was making sure websites were running and running fast. In 2007, I heard Steve Souders and Teni Thurer present their first findings at the Web 2.0 Expo, and after that, I was converted to the church of web performance optimization (WPO).
What is your most memorable project?
What’s the toughest problem you’ve had to solve?
The toughest is to make people believe that WPO is important and change perspectives on how to approach performance. It’s far from solved, but I hope I helped by kick-starting a local community movement — we now have 16 active groups across the globe with more than 5,000 members.
What tools and techniques do you rely on most?
Who do you follow in the web operations and performance world?