When It Hurts Too Much, Leave

Today the company that produces Basecamp and Hey released an announcement to the world about how they will be changing direction in their leadership and culture. If you want a sense of the response, listen to the podcast some of its employees produce...

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Apr 27, 2021
Book Review - The No Asshole Rule

I’ve been in the process of getting our house ready to sell, so while I was in the garage painting doors, I queued up the audiobook for Robert Sutton’s The No Asshole Rule. Read on, for a synopsis and my very thoughtful opinion.

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Apr 09, 2021
Death to Code Reviews

Code reviews are one of the most common practices in software development, but there is a better way. I share the good and bad aspects of code reviews and a better way to do them.

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Apr 01, 2021
There Is No Best

Experienced folks, leaders, and new developers share something in common. They fall in love with a specific technology. This favoritism leads to some fairly pointless debate and, at its worst, some poor decisions.

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Mar 31, 2021
Six Estimation Techniques

There are few topics that create a ruckus on command like estimation does. I thought I’d share 6 different ways you can estimate the work ahead.

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Mar 24, 2021
How to Estimate Anything Quickly

Estimating projects, huge ones, seems to be an activity that causes groans and protests. I understand why. Often there’s a tension between accuracy and knowing that they can’t be accurate. When confronted with estimating a large body of work, I emplo...

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Mar 10, 2021
When It Comes to Knowledge Transfer

A recurring theme for my clients is knowledge transfer from one group to another. With these transfers’ regularity, one might expect a certain level of expertise in these transitions, but more often than not, they are full of challenges and surprises...

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Mar 03, 2021
Blame the Intern

An article just surfaced on CNN where the top executives of SolarWinds essentially shifted the responsibility of a password leak to an intern. This infuriates me, but I think it serves as an excellent reminder of some hard truths about working for a...

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Feb 27, 2021