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Reads of the Week
I meet many startups in London and the rest of the UK who struggle with hiring engineers. It’s a competitive marketplace for sure, but differentiating yourself from other companies and selling your…
This article is by Jocelyn Goldfein, angel investor and former engineering executive at Facebook and VMware. She’s well known for helping engineering teams scale their operations through periods of hyper-growth.
How Misconceptions About The Product Owner Role Harm Your Organization, And What To Do About It
The way IT is done is changing. The days of huge, long-term projects and contracts with fixed tariffs are over. A trend toward smaller projects and less work based on fixed hourly tariffs is accelerating.
Culture & People
As Greenhouse’s CTO, Mike Boufford built an engineering team that grew from one to 60 in its first five years — with zero regrettable attrition. When he first shared this statistic with other engineering leaders, they were blown away.
Ten years ago recruiting engineers was all about ninjas, rockstars and 10xers, and while many people made fun of those terms and the people who used them, almost no one questioned the underlying concept that engineers who can do the work of full teams were desirable hires.
Sam walked up, teary-eyed and with a look of distress across his face. My mind flashed to every possibility. I knew it wasn’t good… but I had no idea what it could be. Would you know what to say if that happened to one of your team members?
Leadership & Self-management
When it comes to the choices we make, most of us like to think we’ve made the “best” decision.
It’s been a while since I’ve written on 3X, so here’s the basics. As an idea/product/company grows, value-maximizing behavior changes dramatically. Fast and slow take different meanings depending on location on the curve.
It is today easier than ever to generate a lot of observability data (metrics, logs, and traces) from your applications and forward it to a central location where you can efficiently query it. However, systems can still get pretty hard to reason about.
Have you noticed recently an increase in the usage of the terms ‘data-driven’, ‘data-informed’, and ‘data-inspired’ around your office? It might seem like your co-workers are just jumping on the buzzword bandwagon and throwing words around.
Agile, Engineering & Product
My whole career I have gotten along well with engineers, because engineers are very, very disciplined. When engineers start to whine about a process you’re trying to implement, you want to really dig into what’s bothering them, because they hate senseless bureaucracy and stupid process.
How big is Google? We can answer that question in terms of revenue or stock price or customers or, well, metaphysical influence. But that's not all. Google is, among other things, a vast empire of computer software. We can answer in terms of code.
The daily stand-up is the ceremony with the highest anti-pattern density among all scrum ceremonies. Learn more about the stand-up anti-patterns that threaten to derail your agile transition. Typically, a good scrum team needs about five to ten minutes for a stand-up.
As you may know, the product owner originated from Scrum, where the role is responsible for “maximising the value of the product create.”  This sounds like a text-book product management responsibility to me.
I love fast software. That is, software speedy both in function and interface. Software with minimal to no lag between wanting to activate or manipulate something and the thing happening. Lightness. Software that’s speedy usually means it’s focused.
Apple claims that AirPods are building a “wireless future.” Many people think they're a symbol of disposable wealth. The truth is bleaker.
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