Example engineering team values

It’s generally a mistake to adopt values like “respect your customers.” True values involve trade-offs. Here’s my humble attempt to list a few reasonable ones for a potential engineering team. We should… Hire and pay for world class peopleHire economically Be togetherWork anywhere Emphasize qualityEmphasize speed Emphasize market share growthEmphasize profitability Be highly leveragedBe highly […]

Necessary but not sufficient

Many years ago, I read an interesting tidbit somewhere about raising capital for startups. There was a checklist of qualities that correlate with fundraising success (and ultimately startup success). The list went something like this: good team good market opportunity good traction good timing …and other bullet points of that nature. But the key takeaway […]

Break features for fun and profit

There is reassuringly steady progress in software development productivity. In only a few short years the pace of what is considered acceptable output in terms of development has changed pretty dramatically. The usual culprits are: faster hardware and networks, which lead to better programming languages, tools, and platforms, which produce better frameworks, libraries, services, and […]