05 Oct 2021
At some point in one’s career in tech, you’ll wind up leading a meeting and need people to take part in some facilitation activity. That might be a retrospective or an activity where you hold a vote. If you’ve ever felt awkward introducing the activity, here’s a step-by-step way to do it next time.
21 Sep 2021
Team is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot and sadly often means individuals assigned to work in close proximity. Since I specialize in building teams, I have a very different definition.
15 Sep 2021
The first time I was on a team that abandoned pull-requests and code reviews was back in 2011. I would keep pushing the groups I was in to do the same because the results were much better than the branch-based code reviews.
14 Sep 2021
Tomorrow I’ll formally close on an experiment that I’m willing to call a failure a bit early. Why share all of this? Trying, looking at the results honestly, and moving on is a crucial aspect of building any product.
13 Sep 2021
There are a lot of things to think about when choosing metrics, and most groups tend to get paralyzed debating measures and ultimately measure nothing.
07 Sep 2021
At some point everyone in tech works with external recruiters, but there are things the recruiter won’t tell you that makes a big difference. They aren’t developers, they change your resume, and they’ve never worked at these places all shape how you should interpret their actions and set expectations.