Mailing lists considered harmful

I often catch myself telling people how much I hate mailing lists. It’s usually around the point in the conversation when I realize they’re giving me the “you’re a crazy person” look. Before you give me the same look, hear me out! How often have you said or heard: Who’s on

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Silent Privilege and Bias

Philip Guo has an excellent article on slate.com today about his experience as an Asian American software engineer. Even though I didn’t grow up in a tech-savvy household and couldn’t code my way out of a paper bag, I had one big thing going for me: I looked like I

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Theresia Gouw on organization structure

In “Taking Our Company to the Next Level,” a lecture in the Entrepreneurship Through the Lens of Venture Capital series, Theresia Gouw is talking about organization structure in software engineering companies. Her thesis is: have an org structure, but keep decision making flat. There’s a rule of 5 with direct reports,

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How to enchant your boss and your employees

Guy Kawasaki sums up how to be successful in the workplace in 4 minutes: How to enchant your boss: When your boss asks you to do something, drop everything and do it. When your boss asks you to do something, turn around a prototype as quickly as possible.  This serves

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On the Importance of Hiring

These two articles have helped shape my thinking with respect to hiring and interviewing. They are written by software engineers for software engineers, but they should apply to any discipline. Yishan Wong: Hiring is number one (2009): Make hiring your number one priority, always… it is only once a culture

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Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success (Radiolab) “If you look at any cognitively complex discipline… in order to be good, you must practice at least 10,000 hours.” Agree.

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The Mythical Beer Month

A new paper I co-authored with a few of my colleagues is scheduled to appear at SIGLP* 2011: Abstract: The Mythical Beer Month is a software project management method that builds on the close relationship between software engineers and their beer. The method exploits properties of Booze Law to maximize

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