One of the biggest mistakes I see managers make with Status Hero is setting the team’s expectation that longer check-ins are better. They are not. Status Hero check-ins are modeled after stand-up meetings. These meetings are designed for brevity and to capture only critical information....
October 29, 20212 minute read
Status Hero's goal tracking feature is designed to track incremental goals. But continuously delivering incremental value to the business is the end result.
September 14, 20213 minute read
Proactively and deliberately give yourself and your team a break.
August 27, 20212 minute read
Don't kill office perks. But take care of the management fundamentals first.
August 6, 20212 minute read
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...
July 16, 20212 minute read
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...
July 1, 20212 minute read
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...
June 17, 20212 minute read
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...
May 20, 20212 minute read
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...
May 6, 20212 minute read
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”...
April 22, 20212 minute read
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...
April 8, 20222 minute read
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...
March 25, 20222 minute read
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...
March 11, 20222 minute read
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...
February 25, 20222 minute read
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...
February 11, 20222 minute read
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...
January 29, 20222 minute read
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...
January 14, 20222 minute read
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