The Importance of Downtime

Hi,Well, it took a few nights of staying up until midnight, but we got the house ready for showings in ten days. I should buy stock in Bayer.There are a number of things I'd like to go into about how these ten days remind me a lot of what I see go o...

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Apr 16, 2021
The Clean House Paradox

Hey there!Last week my wife and I decided to sell our home. Then, foolishly, we said we'd try to have it ready for showing in 10 days.Now, there's a paradox I've been describing for a few years now that is in play. You see, when confronted with so ma...

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Apr 09, 2021
How Do You Know? 📏

Happy Friday!This week I was inspired to write based on some other people's conversation. First up is about code reviews. While I do think code reviews are really valuable, I also believe there is an even better way to do them. So that's what one of...

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Apr 02, 2021
Who Loves Estimation? 🥵

Hi there,For some reason I've been on a kick writing about estimation and things like that lately. Below you'll find an article that introduces six different estimation techniques that I've used at different times.Since you all are on my newsletter I...

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Mar 26, 2021
The Cost of Great ☠

Hi there,I've been thinking quite a bit of how teams break up. This is probably pretty clear from my recent newsletters.Along those lines, I've updated a lot of my services and offerings to reflect what I can truly call my expertise, and one of those...

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Mar 19, 2021
Estimate Anything 🎂

Hi there,This week I have a mix of things to write about. I'll start by talking a little bit about estimation. I wrote an article about the way I use a technique called affinity estimation. It focuses on really rapid relative sizing and only assignin...

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Mar 12, 2021
Impact Map for Fun and Profit 🌎

Hi there,I hope your week has gone well and is coming to close on a high-note. I want to share two things in this email.I'm currently helping a team transition their work away as their contract comes to a close. One thing I've observed about these tr...

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Feb 26, 2021
Eating an Ice Cream Cone 🍦

Hi there,Today I'll be keeping this email a bit short. I live in Texas and it's been a crazy week with all the weather. Yesterday marked the last day of freezing weather from the storm, so I'm hopeful things recover quickly.I managed to write an arti...

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Feb 19, 2021
Dependency Confusion 🤔

Hey there,Today I'm going to mix things up a bit. I've been consumed with a bunch of riveting things like tax season and moving to a new bank after finding out mine is closing. I didn't really think banks closed anymore, but there you go!My attention...

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Feb 12, 2021