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Just read this great article right up my recent rant Stop listening. Just Build It.
If you’re a co-founder, CEO or simply the boss of the company, everything that sucks about it or that fails is your fault.
Don’t even think of blaming the new guy, the young guy or the guy who left for a week in the Bahamas.
If one does not know what to do, is not qualified or hasn’t documented how to re-configure the message queue system, it’s because you weren’t there to make sure things were OK.
So next time you’re about to send an email to blame someone, forward it to yourself.
I have a focus problem like most people who likes to build stuff. Therefore I am glad to be surrounded by people that get me back on track when I talk about nice-to-have or features that won’t really move the needle to get us where we want to go.
But I’ve stopped listening to anyone that do not believe in the product vision shared by my co-founder and myself. That do not believe what we envision can be built and disrupt things (no buzzword intended).
Every time you listen, you allow doubts to creep in. Useless. You have no time or energy for that.
Stop listening. Just Build It.
I like optimization, especially when running errands during the weekend.
I always find myself figuring the best route to complete all tasks.
What do I want?
An app to …
NOTE: found that old (2007) post about something like that, but with antiquated technology and UX. Give me an iPhone/Android app.
I don’t understand how the world got so screwed up when things are simple.
You have 2 choices:
There’s 1 rule:
All problem comes from people making the wrong choice on step 1 or breaking THE rule.
I was just reading about the infamous Sabra and Shatila massacre (this horrendous event celebrated its birthday the day after 9/11, but is much less talked about) and learned about a great man: Sean McBride, one of the founding figures of Amnesty International. He chaired on the 1982 independent commission that concluded that the Israeli authorities or forces were, directly or indirectly, responsible. The year after, an Israeli commission reached the same conclusion.
This ex-IRA leader received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974.
Seán MacBride (26 January 1904 – 15 January 1988) was an Irish government minister and prominent international politician as well as a Chief of Staff of the IRA.
Rising from a domestic Irish political career, he founded or participated in many international as well asnon-governmental organizations of the early 20th century, including the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and Amnesty International. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974, the Lenin Peace Prizefor 1975–76, and the UNESCO Silver Medal for Service in 1980.
I just wrote a short sourcing post on matchFWD. It’s a very simple trick I’ve been using to identify mostly developers and designers out of my network. It works for a much broader range of occupation but it’s probably particularly good for theses guys.
So picture this, what if every time you find a potential candidate on Twitter, you’d find an extra 5 or more? Sounds good right?
I’ve been working with software engineers for 13 years, more often than not as one of them.
They come in various shapes and types but often as slightly introverted people. Not always the most talkative.
They’re smart people, so if they have a problem, they will talk about it. But if not, they often just do their thing.
I am not a big fan of meetings in general. But I think it’s good to force your team to talk to other devs about exactly what they’re doing, just to get feedback. Maybe a co-worker
So if the office space has been silent for too long and nobody is committing code, start talking. Ask to ignite conversations, don’t wait for them to ask for help.