Paul Dowman

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I help lead engineering for the developer platform at Shopify.

I like adventures and I like solving problems. In my 26 year career I have built many products, led software development teams and organizations, led technology at a startup with a successful exit, founded and operated a successful company for almost a decade, and helped lead and scale one of the fastest-growing large engineering organizations in the world at Shopify. I have created popular open source projects, organized conferences with hundreds of people, built two successful training programs, and built trust with all whom I have worked with.

I love to talk about software development at scale, the business of technology, and ecommerce. If you're working on similar things, or have an interesting technology, process, or culture problem/opportunity send me a message and let's talk.

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MAY 16, 2021

Handshake: a decentralized DNS root naming system

Handshake is my favourite discovery of 2021. It’s a decentralized DNS root naming system, based on a proof-of-work blockchain. You can buy…

MARCH 13, 2021

All-in on remote work: moving to the mountains!

I’m all-in on remote work, permanently. I’m moving to Canmore, Alberta, Canada. (Photo credit: Daniel Patterson) I have worked remotely off…

JULY 18, 2020

Verified commits: sign your Git commits and avoid impersonation risk

A Git commit’s author might not be who you think it is. I’m old enough to remember when it was easy to spoof the email sender (send fake…

JUNE 26, 2020

Scaling yourself: meeting or async?

Would a few more hours in your day be useful? Or less interruptions? Whether it’s maker time, big-picture thinking time, or just the ability…

MAY 09, 2020

Effective remote pair programming

Pair programming is an old idea that’s counter-intuitive but refuses to go away because it actually works. And it can work just as well…

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