The Pragmatic Engineer: Early Trends

Trends that The Pragmatic Engineer reported on, well before mainstream media outlets picked up on these:

On cutting back on cloud costs & vendor spend

On Apple enforcing it's return to office (RTO) policy

On Apple going against the job cuts tide

On the Big Tech hiring slowdown

On the very hot 2021 job market

Analysis pieces that correctly predicted events

On Lyft to potentially see job cuts

Analysis that turned out to be incorrect

I cannot predict the future and am sometimes wrong about how events will play out. I reflect on when this happens.

For example, throughout 2022 I regularly reported how both my analysis, and details from software engineers at Meta pointed to layoffs being a low likelihood (e.g. Meta's historic growth challenge in October 2022).

Meta did layoffs in November 2022, which I reflected on here.