Introductory guides to running and contributing to open source projects. I got a shout out in the “It’s ok to hit pause” section.
Having never planned a high school reunion before, here’s a non-exhaustive list of things I wish I had known in advance: Pick a date about 9 months in advance, announce it, and then don’t think about it for 7 months. You don’t need to spend 7 months meeting, discussing, and meeting again. The last two months […]
Argument Cultures and Unregulated Aggression. For open source projects, I’ve long wanted dedicated moderator resources for heated debates. A little diplomacy would go a long way.
Post-Mortems at HubSpot: What I Learned From 250 Whys: This is a somewhat specific detail, but it comes up a lot, so I wanted to pull it out. If you run a bunch of 5 Whys, you’ll find that a lot of times, the developer who made the first-order mistake (forgot to copy configs from […]
Why do some developers at strong companies like Google consider Agile development to be nonsense? Most points resonate — particularly this one: 10. Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential. – Most teams simply don’t spend enough time on this. A sense of urgency often overrides careful planning. The problem here is […]
Lessons learned from scaling a product team. Great read — lots of details about product definition workflow and team composition to crib from.
Startup equity benefits your boss, not you. Why you should be extremely cautious about VC-fueled rocket ships.
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
Remote work: an engineering leader’s perspective. Great read with practical tips.
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)