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Monday Routines: Mike Baukes, Co-CEO at Upguard

Monday Routines: Mike Baukes, Co-CEO at Upguard

This is the first installment of ‘Monday Routines’, in which software people like you recount their Monday rituals. The goal is to peer into their day-to-day patterns and habits as they lead teams, collaborate, and deliver great software. Hopefully you’ll discover a tidbit or two to help you with your routine.

Mike Baukes is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of UpGuard, a company that scores... Read more >

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On Office Holiday Parties and Remote Teams

On Office Holiday Parties and Remote Teams

tl;dr: Have some kind of holiday/end-of-year activity with your remote team. Get them together physically if you can, but if you can’t there’s plenty of good substitutes. Encourage your team to volunteer for charitable work, and give them paid time off to do it.

The best experience I ever had with a traditional holiday office party was when I ran a satellite office of 10... Read more >

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Gmail Inbox Actions

Gmail Inbox Actions

If you’re a Gmail or Google apps user, we’ve made it just a little easier to check-in with your team by enabling Gmail Inbox Actions.

Now you can click or tap through to check in right from your inbox - no need to even open the reminder message. Sure, it’s a tiny time-saving measure, but we’re always looking for ways to help you save... Read more >

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Herding Cats, Issue 14

Herding Cats, Issue 14

The 14th issue of Herding Cats, a curated newsletter for people who lead software teams, is now live.

In this issue we explore the challenges of estimating software projects, what makes high functioning teams successful, and why typical status meeting are the worst. Also, Kate Matsudaira discusses what she’s learned about management and Mark Rabkin explains why your 1:1s should be awkward.

In the... Read more >

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Product Updates

Product Updates

It’s been a while since we let you know about all of the work that we’ve been doing at Status Hero to give you the best possible tool for helping you manage your team by killing meetings, tracking daily goals, and resolving blocking issues.

Sorry about that. We’re going to do a better job at keeping you up-to-date with changes so that you get the... Read more >

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Cisco Spark-ilicious

Cisco Spark-ilicious

Yesterday, Rowan Trollope and the collaboration team at Cisco announced several new enhancements to their suite of enterprise tools at the Cisco Partner Summit.

Chief among them was the release of the Spark Depot, a library of bots and integrations that work with Cisco’s Spark communication platform.

We’re pleased as punch to be included in the Depot directory. Starting today, you can... Read more >

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Herding Cats, Issue 13

Herding Cats, Issue 13

The 13th issue of Herding Cats, a curated newsletter for people who lead software teams, is now live.

This issue features articles that will help you get more accurate estimates from your team, learn how to give more effective (and actionable) feedback, and understand what “toxic” actions to avoid in order to keep employees happy and engaged. Also, Brian Gilham of TWG... Read more >

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Yes, we do have an affiliate program

Yes, we do have an affiliate program

Referrals have always been a big part of our growth and success. We want to share that success with you for referring our product, and that is precisely what our affiliate program is designed to do.

We’ve kept it simple. Status Hero is a subscription service. If you refer an account, we’ll give you 10% of the revenue for the lifetime of that account, month-over-month... Read more >

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Herding Cats, Issue 12

Herding Cats, Issue 12

Our 12th issue of Herding Cats, a curated newsletter for people who lead software teams, is now live.

Issue 12 features articles that will help you turn around an unhappy team, learn how to pick and choose your battles, and improve your company by giving employees the information and freedom to operate autonomously and react to changes. Also, Keith Collins takes a look at... Read more >

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Halp!

Halp!

Today we’re launching the Status Hero Help Center. There are links to it sprinkled throughout the app, but here is the direct link: https://statushero.com/help

In it you’ll find quick answers to any questions you may have along with tips for getting the most out of the tool. We also plan on expanding it as we add product features, and adding a series of... Read more >

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