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Delivering Incremental Value

Delivering Incremental Value

Status Hero's goal tracking feature is designed to track incremental goals. But continuously delivering incremental value to the business is the end result.

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

September 14, 2021 3 minute read

Distractions and Communication Debt

Distractions and Communication Debt

Proactively and deliberately give yourself and your team a break.

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

August 27, 2021 2 minute read

Respect and Ping Pong

Respect and Ping Pong

Don't kill office perks. But take care of the management fundamentals first.

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

August 6, 2021 2 minute read

How Does Your Framework Make You Feel?

How Does Your Framework Make You Feel?

Over the years, I’ve been a part of many decisions (and lively debates) around the choice of software development libraries, tools, and frameworks. Many variables feed into these decisions, but more often than not, they are all quantifiable: integration costs, licensing costs, training costs, support...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

July 16, 2021 2 minute read

Deploying on Fridays

Deploying on Fridays

Good morning! Are you deploying today? It’s Friday, and here in the U.S., it’s also a long holiday weekend. Over the last decade or so, I’ve noticed roughly two outspoken camps when it comes to deploying changes on Friday afternoons like today. First, you have...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

July 1, 2021 2 minute read

NASA, Apollo 13, and Continuous Integration

NASA, Apollo 13, and Continuous Integration

Good morning, Most of our blog posts use images from NASA’s image archive instead of the usual stock images used in tech or workplace articles elsewhere. These images are in the public domain and often contain a story unto themselves. This is one of my favorites. In...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

June 17, 2021 2 minute read

The 'Geriatric Millenial'

The 'Geriatric Millenial'

Good morning, Were you born between 1980 and 1985? Congratulations, you qualify for the “geriatric millennial” label making its way through the workplace lexicon. It’s not an oxymoron or an attempt at sarcasm. Older millennials, the first generation to grow up with both digital and...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

May 20, 2021 2 minute read

Strictly Business

Strictly Business

Good morning, In case you missed it, independent software company Basecamp created headlines last week by publicly announcing that they would no longer allow societal or political discussions at work over company communication channels. They also announced they would end so-called “paternalistic” benefits (gym memberships, farmer’s market...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

May 6, 2021 2 minute read

Maker, Manager, and Remote Communications

Maker, Manager, and Remote Communications

Good morning, If you’re not familiar with the “maker vs. manager” concept, I recommend this post from Farnam Street and this one from Paul Graham. Almost all modern digital teams building something of value are composed of both makers and managers. One of the consequences of the “suddenly remote”...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

April 22, 2021 2 minute read

Code

Code

Good morning and TGIF! A couple of decades ago, I was lucky enough to study mechanical engineering at a prestigious university. Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest fields of engineering, covering physics, thermodynamics, and electricity. A rocket scientist is a mechanical engineer. The most...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

April 8, 2021 2 minute read

The Hybrid Office Water Cooler

The Hybrid Office Water Cooler

Good morning and happy Friday. As we get (hopefully) closer to the end of the pandemic and the return to “normal,” it’s pretty clear that many aspects of distributed or remote work are here to stay. Among the big tech giants, Facebook and Twitter have...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

March 25, 2021 2 minute read

Shiny New Things

Shiny New Things

Hi friend! Greetings and happy Friday. As a developer myself, I am continually drawn to new technologies and frameworks. It’s exciting to learn and apply new things. And it’s hard to buckle down and grind away on older code when I just saw a promising...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

March 11, 2021 2 minute read

Bountiful Miscommunication

Bountiful Miscommunication

Hi friend and TGIF, where you get to finish up work for the weekend and then, well, most likely hang out in the same place where you work. Hang in there. This week I’ve been thinking a bit about miscommunication. Odds are that it is...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

February 25, 2021 2 minute read

Sand and Tomatoes

Sand and Tomatoes

Hi friend and happy Friday! If you’re in a part of the world that’s bitter cold and snow-covered like me, I hope you’re staying warm. Even though the weather is keeping me closer to my desk, I still fight the daily battle of staying focused...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

February 11, 2021 2 minute read

FOMO and the distraction of $GME

FOMO and the distraction of $GME

Hi friend and happy Friday! Regardless of your feelings on the matter, the $GME/Reddit/Robinhood story is everywhere. And most likely, it’s disruptive to your team’s work to some degree. Why? FOMO (fear of missing out). It’s hard to sit down and think through some code...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

January 29, 2021 2 minute read

The Mafia, OKRs, and a $5K expense

The Mafia, OKRs, and a $5K expense

Hi friend and happy Friday! Here’s what I’m chewing on this (cold!) morning: Use OKRs to Set Goals for Teams, Not Individuals Implementing an OKR strategy is hard, so I like to absorb new perspectives on the subject whenever I can. Here Jeff Gothelf of...

Henry Poydar

Henry Poydar

January 14, 2021 2 minute read

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