The Wall of Technical Debt

Mathias Verraes on Technical Debt: The problem isn’t technical debt, it’s unmanaged technical debt. In any company, the CFO knows exactly how much financial debt there is. There are spreadsheets, quarterly reports, payment plans, and options to refinance or sell debt. But ask your CTO how much technical debt your organisation has, and you’ll get […]

12 Signs You’re Working in a Feature Factory

Are you constantly shipping features and cutting corners? Then you might be working at a Feature Factory. Here are 12 symptoms: No measurement of impact. Rapid shuffling of teams and projects. Success theater around “shipping”. Infrequent (acknowledged) failures and scrapped work. No connection to core metrics. No PM retrospectives. Obsessing about prioritization. No tweaking. Culture […]

The Basecamp Guide to Internal Communication

From the folks at Basecamp, a guide on how/when/why they use chat/face-to-face/e-mail/… when communicating. Below you’ll find a collection of general principles we try to keep in mind at Basecamp when communicating with teammates, within departments, across the company, and with the public. They aren’t requirements, but they serve to create boundaries and shared practices […]

Simon Sinek: Performance vs. Trust

The problem in business is we have lopsided metrics. We have a million-and-one metrics to measure someone’s performance, and negligible to no metrics to measure someone’s trustworthiness. 👉 You might know Simon from other videos such as Millennials (in the Workplace) or Why Leaders Eat Last. Totally worth your time.

Subtract

Derek Sivers, on how to improve life, not by adding things but by subtracting things: The least successful people I know run in conflicting directions, are drawn to distractions, say yes to almost everything, and are chained to emotional obstacles. The most successful people I know have a narrow focus, protect themselves against time-wasters, say […]

How To Organize Team Building Retreats

UX studio, a Budapest based 30-person design company on how they plan their team retreats, how they keep the balance between fun activities and serious work during those retreats, etc: Every six months, our whole UX company travels to a remote location in Hungary’s countryside for two days to have fun and decide together about […]

Creating vs. Shipping

Creating is easy. Shipping is the hard part, and countless companies never quite figure it out. Sure, they might release their software, but that’s not the same as shipping. No company is perfect, but it makes a big difference when they genuinely care. Shipping is about consistency. It’s regularly updated help documents. It’s responsive and […]