Management is the care and feeding of the invisible. You’re doing your best when it appears the least is happening. I love the thrill of the last month of a release as much of the next guy, but I suspect the reason we’re yelling at each other, working weekends, and feeling the depressing weight of compromise is because we’re surrounded by Malcolm events [, seemingly insignificant events that are intent on screwing you in an unlikely way.]
Michael Lopp — Managing Humans
Essays from Peter Thiel’s Stanford class on startups. In a nutshell, freely available material like this is why I am a college dropout. Every essay is worth reading — queue up your Pocket. I particularly appreciated this one on markets, competition, and monopolies. (via Spittle)
How much should a custom WordPress website cost? Excellent piece by Brian Krogsgard — every paragraph rings with truth.
What I’ve learned so far about consulting work:
- Harvest feeds the OCD time tracker inside of me.
- Creating proposals is a huge time suck.
- There’s so much room for automating all of this.
On Being A Senior Engineer. Chock full with pearls of wisdom.
How I failed: Six lessons learned. Wonderful set of insights from Tim O’Reilly. Number four is a very hard problem to solve.
Effective Technical Leadership. Rich with usable attributes and actions.
Couple of things I learned the hard way yesterday:
- When using a password to connect to an IRC server, you’ll need to join the room before you can post a message to it.
- IRC servers (or maybe it’s just ours) are quite slow to fully respond to connection requests. Like, two minutes slow.