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Good collaboration, bad collaboration: A new report by Slack
"What makes for good team collaboration? We surveyed 7,000 knowlege workers in 17 countries to better understand top employee workplace values."
survey  business  collaboration  slack  communication 
23 days ago by garrettc
The decision-making process is a team sport
Learn how to create the right conditions for decision-making, techniques for making decisions as a team, and the tools that help move things along.
business  process  decisionmaking  teams 
4 weeks ago by garrettc
Questions for a new technology.
"Given that coordination and communication swamp all other costs in modern software development it is a pressing area to invest in, especially as your team scales."
development  evaluation  management  technology  business  questions 
5 weeks ago by garrettc
OKRs, Explained with "Star Wars"
"Having trouble understanding OKRs? This presentation will explain it to you, with the Emperor as CEO, and Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin as his leadership team"
culture  management  business  performance  metrics  okr 
7 weeks ago by garrettc
OKRs, Explained with "Star Wars"
Having trouble understanding OKRs? This presentation will explain it to you, with the Emperor as CEO, and Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin as his leadership t…
business  management  performance  okr 
8 weeks ago by garrettc
Cultivate high-performing teams with these feedback tips
"Looking to build high-performing teams and improve employee performance? Here are four invaluable tips for providing feedback in the workplace."
business  management  mentoring  teams 
8 weeks ago by garrettc
charity.wtf – charity wtf's about technology, databases, startups, engineering management, and whiskey.
Last night I was out with a dear friend who has been an engineering manager for a year now, and by two drinks in I was rattling off a long list things I always say to newer engineering managers.
IFTTT  Pocket  business  management 
9 weeks ago by garrettc
The Engineer/Manager Pendulum – charity.wtf
Lately I’ve been doing some career counseling for people off Twitter (long story). The central drama for many people goes something like this: I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while.
IFTTT  Pocket  business  management 
9 weeks ago by garrettc
A Pirate's take on Strategy vs Tactics
"Strategy vs. Tactics is one of the most written-about topics in business, but most business books seem to explain it in ways that hinder the clarity of thought."
book  business  history  strategy  tactics 
10 weeks ago by garrettc
Estimation
An inside look into secrets of agile estimation and story points. Good agile estimation lets product owners optimize for efficiency and impact.
agile  scrum  projectmanagement  business  development 
10 weeks ago by garrettc
Why you should stop using product roadmaps and try GIST Planning
"I created my fair share of product strategies, roadmaps and project gantts, but I don’t do them anymore. I found a better alternative — GIST"
projectmanagement  planning  gist  okr  agile  business 
10 weeks ago by garrettc
Engineering Management: The Pendulum Or The Ladder
Last night I was out with a dear friend who has been an engineering manager for a year now, and by two drinks in I was rattling off a long list things I always say to newer engineering managers. Then I remembered: I should write a post! It's one of my goals this year to write…
management  career  manager  business  engineering 
10 weeks ago by garrettc
Risk-First Software Development
"Scrum, Waterfall, Lean, Prince2: what do they all have in common?

One perspective is that they are individual software methodologies, offering different approaches on how to build software.

However, here, we are going to consider a second perspective: that building software is all about managing risk, and that these methodologies are acknowledgements of this fact, and they differ because they have different ideas about which are the most important risks to manage."
software  development  business  management  risk  process  projectmanagement 
10 weeks ago by garrettc
100+ Lessons Learned for Project Managers
"Jerry Madden, the former Associate Director of Flight Projects at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), collected 122 lesson learned nuggets from a variety of sources that are instructive to managers of NASA spaceflight projects. These aphorisms should be accepted where they may provide insight into NASA project management success."
business  projectmanagement  nasa  advice  funny  wisdom 
10 weeks ago by garrettc
How much does it cost to make an app? - App Cost Calculator
"Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to build an app for iOS or Android? We’ve created this handy app cost calculator just for you. Find out how much your app will cost in under a minute!"
ios  android  calculator  business  budget  development 
11 weeks ago by garrettc
Dirty dealing in the $175 billion Amazon Marketplace
"Stolen identities, ominous threats, intricately coordinated hijackings, and the people who are just trying to understand the rules of a lawless land. This isn’t the Wild West. It’s Amazon’s Seller Marketplace, where customers buy things like tents and novelty socks and other tchotchkes."
amazon  business  marketplace  ecommerce 
11 weeks ago by garrettc
4 Questions You Should be Asking Your Employees
"Not sure how to motivate your team and help them perform at their best? Here's a simple solution: Just ask."
management  process  business  employment 
december 2018 by garrettc
Microservices are for humans, not machines
"The microservice architecture is an architectural style that structures an application as a collection of loosely coupled services, which implement business capabilities. The microservice architecture enables the continuous delivery/deployment of large, complex applications. It also enables an organisation to evolve its technology stack."
microservices  architecture  business  programming 
december 2018 by garrettc
Scaling Engineering Teams via Writing Things Down and Sharing - aka RFCs
Using an RFC-like model to avoid the lack of visibility on others building or having built the same things as other teams, and the tech and architecture debt accumulated due to different teams building things very differently.
agile  culture  engineering  management  programming  business 
december 2018 by garrettc
The Signal Network
"My educated guess is that 50% of my job as a manager is information acquisition, assessment, and redistribution. It is my primary job and the efficiency with which I do this is a direct contribution to the velocity of the team."
communication  information  business  management 
november 2018 by garrettc
Yes, Alan, There Is An ROI For UX Design
"Alan Cooper recently wrote that the value of design should be obvious to everyone in the organization. If someone is asking you to explain design’s value, it’s because they can’t see it."
business  design  roi  userexperience 
november 2018 by garrettc
Evangelizing a Design System
Get buy-in from executives for your design system. Explain why design systems are popular, show current gaps, calculate the expected ROI.
business  investment  management  designsystems  patternlibrary  styleguide  roi  budget  powerpoint  keynote  template 
november 2018 by garrettc
Building a compelling business case for a Design System
"Design Systems are here to stay. […] But it’s not designers who we have to convince when it comes to investing in the build of a design system. Especially if we aren’t lucky enough to be in an organisation where design has a ‘seat at the table’. How can we sell the benefits of a design system with more focus on appealing to upper management, who may not see the same benefits we do?"
designsystems  webdevelopment  webdesign  business 
november 2018 by garrettc
Getting executive buy-in for your design system
"As you may know, sometimes it’s difficult to explain inside a company what exactly a design system is and what value it provides. It’s also usual that we, the designers, try to get executive buy-in without having analyzed the specific circumstances of our company."
designsystems  business  presentation 
november 2018 by garrettc
List of development resources
Covers programming, business, theory, gaming, security, and more.
programming  business  security  theory  gaming  cms  networking  devops  sysadmin  resource  list 
october 2018 by garrettc
A foundation for technical investigations
"A high-level structure for asking people about their technology, with a view of looking at how things are and identifying how they might be."
business  strategy  exploration 
october 2018 by garrettc
How we do on-call at Monzo
A team of engineers are available 24/7/365 to respond when things go wrong. For other companies thinking about how to approach incidents, here’s how we do on-call at Monzo.
business  devops  oncall 
september 2018 by garrettc
The Decision Matrix: How to Prioritize What Matters
The decision matrix is a powerful tool to help you prioritize which decisions deserve your attention as a leader, and which should be delegated. Here’s how you can start using it today.
productivity  leadership  prioritisation  business  decisions 
september 2018 by garrettc
Followership - Jason Wong's Blog
Everyone likes to talk about leadership—we are culturally conditioned to view success as a progression through leadership positions—but there is far less
management  leadership  business 
september 2018 by garrettc
Gordon Brander: pattern
"This is my bag of tricks — loose notes, design patterns, rules-of-thumb, methods of enquiry, tools, cheatsheets, gimmicks, leverage points, descriptions of systems, key questions, risks, and unknowns."
reference  inspiration  designthinking  mentoring  design  business  patterns  storytelling  strategy 
august 2018 by garrettc
With Goals, FAST Beats SMART
Traditional goal setting undermines the alignment, coordination, and agility needed to execute strategy.
management  business 
august 2018 by garrettc
What walls are for
"I love walls with post its and index cards stuck on it and sketches on whiteboards. I like walls for planning, for thinking, for communicating and for analysing. And then you capture it all in a tool, like Jira."
agile  business  standup  teams  communication  wall 
july 2018 by garrettc
Catwigs: A conversation with your project
"One very direct, sensible question to ask about an idea is “does it actually solve a problem?”. If it doesn’t, why are you doing it? Valid reasons include “to have fun” or “because I like it”, but what if they’re not there? Like wigs for cats, many ideas do not solve a problem. Cats don’t need wigs."
bbc  game  gamestorming  business  userexperience  designthinking 
july 2018 by garrettc
7 Steps to Managing Remote Developer Teams if You’re Nontechnical
"Here are some essential steps to take to better manage a team of developers who are not in the same city, country, or timezone."
business  development  management  remote 
july 2018 by garrettc
Sizing engineering teams.
"Over the past year I've refined my approach to team sizing into a bit of a framework, and even changed my mind on several aspects, especially the viability of small teams. This post describes how I now size teams"
advice  career  management  business  mentoring  teams 
july 2018 by garrettc
The Designer Who Changed Airbnb's Entire Strategy
"Product-market fit is the only thing that matters, and yet this is where many companies fail. Learn how Airbnb used design thinking to disrupt itself, expand its product offering and secure lasting product-market fit on its way to becoming a true lifestyle brand."
productdevelopment  productdesign  business  management 
july 2018 by garrettc
Brand Purpose without all the nonsense
"I’ve worked with lots of founders, CEOs and CMOs and I hear pretty much the same thing from all of them: ‘We kind of know what we’re trying to do, but we just can’t quite say it simply. And as we grow it’s getting more important that everyone gets it.’ Often, they’ve been struggling with it for years."
branding  business  marketing 
july 2018 by garrettc
The Three Games of Customer Engagement: A Product Strategy Framework | The Amplitude Blog
This article is the third in our north star metric series. This series unpacks a modern approach to product management strategy and execution that accelerates product development and growth.
IFTTT  Pocket  business 
july 2018 by garrettc
Why Design Systems Fail by Una Kravets
"It’s like going to the gym. Small incremental changes make a big difference over the long term. If you just work out for three months and then stop, you’ll lose all your progress. It’s like that with design systems. They have to stay in sync with the live site. If you don’t keep it up to date, people just won’t use it.

It’s really important to have a solid core. Accessibility needs to be built in from the start. And the design system needs ownership and dedicated commitment. That has to come from the organisation."
designsystems  designpatterns  patternlibrary  styleguide  webdevelopment  webdesign  business 
june 2018 by garrettc
Steve Blank
"Is your organization full of Hackathons, Shark Tanks, Incubators and other innovation programs, but none have changed the trajectory of your company/agency?"
business  change  entrepreneurship  innovation  management  culture 
june 2018 by garrettc
Say the Hard Thing
"The majority of people-related disasters I’ve created originate with my choice to not say the hard thing. On my short list of critical leadership skills, the ability to “say the hard thing” is right after “delegate until it hurts.”"
business  feedback  management  mentoring  leadership 
june 2018 by garrettc
Meet better with Joan
Improve your workplace and optimize the use of your meeting rooms with JOAN, the simplest room scheduling solution for your office.
business  gadget  meeting 
june 2018 by garrettc
Check-in Generator - Hej.Today
"Is there anything more annoying than a meeting that’s not focused on actions? One that makes you wonder, “Can’t we just get the agenda as a to-do list?” Yes, there is a worse kind of meeting. That’s one so focused on actions that you forget this is a room with humans in it. A great check-in can help you avoid that trap, and make every meeting better."
teams  business  checklist  agile  tool 
may 2018 by garrettc
Reaching Peak Meeting Efficiency
"Meetings are either a necessary evil or necessarily evil, depending on who you ask. Meetings are undeniably the most important tool for building a diverse, high-performance team with shared values."
management  meeting  productivity  business  agile 
may 2018 by garrettc
After 5 years and $3M, here's everything we've learned from building Ghost
Last week marked the fifth anniversary since the Ghost Kickstarter campaign which started it all. It's always fun to use these milestones to take a step back and reflect on the journey so far. On previous birthdays I've talked about revenue milestones and product updates, but this year I'm going
ghost  business  opensource  blogging  nodejs 
may 2018 by garrettc
A 2-Year Stanford Study Shows the Astonishing Productivity Boost of Working From Home
"The jury was out on the productivity effect of working from home. It has returned with a surprising verdict."
career  productivity  remote  business 
may 2018 by garrettc
27 things I learned about hiring in tech from looking for a new engineering management role
"This spring, I spent some time looking for a new professional challenge. This search turned out to be much more interesting and intense than I’d expected. Along the way, I learned quite a lot about myself, the broader industry, and how to do hiring well, and wanted to share those learnings with you."
management  business  hiring 
may 2018 by garrettc
Effective Teamwork - a One Page Guide
Condensing years of frustration and learning into a one-page guide on how to get it right
teams  business  collaboration  bestpractice 
may 2018 by garrettc
Why Onboarding is the Most Crucial Part of Your Growth Strategy
"When people talk about growth, they usually assume the discussion is about getting more people to your product. When we really dig into growth problems, we often see that enough people are actually coming to the products. The real growth problems start when people land…and leave. They don’t stick. This is an onboarding problem, and it’s often the biggest weakness for startups. It can also take the longest to make meaningful improvements when compared to other parts of the growth funnel."
webdesign  userexperience  onboarding  business 
may 2018 by garrettc
Matomo Web & Mobile Analytics Software
Matomo is the only analytics platform that gives you full control over your data and more:

Free open-source software
100% data ownership
User privacy protection
User-centric insights
Customisable and extensible
Easy to use
No data limits
analytics  webdevelopment  javascript  programming  business  tracking 
may 2018 by garrettc
GoAccess - Visual Web Log Analyzer
GoAccess is an open source real-time web log analyzer and interactive viewer that runs in a terminal in *nix systems or through your browser.
webdevelopment  programming  business  analytics  terminal 
may 2018 by garrettc
12 “Manager READMEs” from Silicon Valley’s Top Tech Companies
"When we launched our first SoapBox hero I was surprised to discover a document used to introduce her working style to her team. I had never seen that before and it was awesome!

Did others have these? I needed to know. Eventually, I found a treasure trove of examples by Engineering Leaders from companies with some of the best culture in tech.

They called them Manager READMEs, or Manager User Manuals. And they’ve graciously let me share them with you."
leadership  management  readme  documentation  transparency  business  mentoring  teams 
may 2018 by garrettc
How to recruit and hire remote employees––then manage them | Workable
"When you're hiring remote employees, you may come across various challenges, like where to publish your remote positions or how to build your employer brand online. In this guide, we provide tips on how to recruit and hire remote employees, plus guidance to manage and retain them."
work  workplace  remoteworking  business  benefits 
may 2018 by garrettc
From Purpose to Patterns
At the heart of every well functioning design system are effective design principles. In this talk Alla Kholmatova shares insights from her long-term research on what makes effective design principles, how to define them, and how principles translate into design patterns in practice.
designpatterns  designthinking  designsystems  webdesign  webdevelopment  appdesign  appdevelopment  patternlibrary  efficiency  bestpractice  research  business 
may 2018 by garrettc
The Fast and Slow of Design
"Working fast is alluring for every board-room executive. Especially if, over the course of months, speed (and failure) results in faster product releases, more revenue, bigger and faster growth. Capitalism, right? However, I'm of the opinion that speed – and those arbitrary deadlines – create an unhealthy balance that can eventually lead to the demise of the company. Moving fast and breaking things tends to be at the expense of paying attention to slower, subtle, more stable, 'boring' aspects of a system.

So what happens when we focus on the entire system? How can we create sustainable, balanced design systems that serve our companies and products for the long term?"
designsystems  designthinking  business  change 
april 2018 by garrettc
Just Barely Good Enough Models and Documents: An Agile Best Practice
"For some reason people think that JBGE implies that the artifact isn't very good, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. When you stop and think about it, if an artifact is JBGE then by definition it is at the most effective point that it could possibly be at."
agile  documentation  process  projectmanagement  business 
april 2018 by garrettc
Facilitating Awesome Meetings
"Meeting facilitation is a critical leadership skill that’s often overlooked. Excellent meeting facilitation means that the attendees know why they’re there, they get equal participation time, and your meeting’s goal or deliverable is achieved in a timely and productive way."
meeting  productivity  business  efficiency 
april 2018 by garrettc
Tesla Model 3 production aims for 6,000 units per week in June after upgrade in May – ~5,000 with margin of error, says Elon Musk
In an email to employees today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained that the reason for the Model 3 production shutdown in Fremont and Gigafactory 1 is to prepare to increase production.  Substantialy.
management  tesla  email  business  efficiency 
april 2018 by garrettc
The 20 Minute Business Plan: Business Model Canvas Made Easy
Save time, improve discussions, think more deeply about the business- what's not to like about the Canvas? This tutorial walks through it in 10 steps.
business  businessmodel  businessmodelcanvas 
april 2018 by garrettc
Guy Kawasaki - The Only 10 Slides You Need in Your Pitch
A pitch and presentation should have ten slides, last no more than twenty minutes, and contain no font smaller than thirty points.
funding  investment  pitch  business  presentation  startups 
april 2018 by garrettc
Mapping a technology ecosystem
"In this post I’m going to be looking at capturing a view of the technology that we have in play, why this can be important, and how we can do it."
business  process  mapping 
april 2018 by garrettc
Planning for Everything
"To seek truth together requires a culture of humility and respect. We are all deeply flawed and valuable. We must all speak and listen."
meeting  planning  business  educational  learning 
april 2018 by garrettc
Project from Hell
"A few years ago, I was hired to work as a consultant on a software project for a large French tech company. What I have witnessed there is beyond everything I could possibly have imagined in terms of software engineering. Far more serious than just a lack of professional competence was the utmost contempt for human dignity which at some point made me compare the whole experience to (what I imagine can be) jail. What I relate here is a selected list of topics that should illustrate my point, but check out by yourself."
management  project  scale  business  failure 
april 2018 by garrettc
Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless
It's no more scientifically valid than a BuzzFeed quiz.
psychology  mbti  society  business  personality 
april 2018 by garrettc
The Circular Design Guide
"What if you could redesign everything? The Circular Design Guide is a collaboration between IDEO and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It's an action-oriented set of methods, mindsets and thought starters to help innovators design circular solutions that are fit for the future."
business  design  designthinking  gui  methodology  inspiration 
march 2018 by garrettc
Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous
"The true believers won’t stop until they’ve remade the world. Some of it will be thrilling. Some of it will keep us up at night."
business  education  bitcoin  blockchain  cryptography  cryptocurrency 
march 2018 by garrettc
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