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Fringe Legal #54: the glue that holds systems together ⚡

Fringe Legal #54:  the glue that holds systems together ⚡

Snacks 🌮😋

  1. Thinking long term and staying client-centric with Adolfo Jimenez
  2. The glue that holds systems together
  3. Becoming unique

🎧 Thinking long term and staying client-centric

This week, I spoke with Adolfo Jimenez, who leads Holland & Knights International Arbitration and Litigation Team.

Our usual guests for the podcast are technologists or those that tend to have innovation as part of their title, but innovation and transformative ideas also come from within the practice.

"one thing I try and reinforce in younger attorneys is to think long term. Too often they're focused on what my bonus is going to be. The bonus will be a function of how many hours they bill and how much was actually collected.
They forget that sometimes doing a pro bono matter, where you're getting valuable skills or being exposed to particular judges has tremendous value, and you're going learn a great deal. I have learned, that by working together with other attorneys in your office you are able to learn a great deal from them."

And this week, we talk to a practitioner. In the show, we cover:

  • what does a day in the life of Adolfo look like
  • the impact of virtualization on the arbitration world
  • benefits of multiple perspectives and how it can help stay updated
  • thinking long term, and staying client centric

Listen to the episode here

The glue that holds systems together


Did you know that Microsoft Office has 400 million lines of code? The reason for this is because of "glue code" - the items required for integration.

"The glue–which includes code written for data integration–becomes its own kind of technical debt, adding to the maintenance burden."

You can see an analogy of this in the image above, which shows the hidden technical debt with a machine learning (ML) system. You can see that the ML block is just a tiny piece surrounded by all sorts of resources and frameworks.

The principle can be applied beyond software engineering. In our every day there is a lot of "glue code," which adds complexity in making things work together.

Read: thinking about glue

Becoming unique


If you want to become unique, you don't need a "unique" skill. You need a unique combination of skills.

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