Category: Startup Engineering

  • Why Agile Estimates Suck – And What To Do About It

    Why Agile Estimates Suck – And What To Do About It

    Engineering is always in the crosshairs. No matter how much pressure you bring to bear, only so much is going to make it through. And the whole process sucks. Here’s what to do about it.

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  • The “IT Guy” Rift

    The “IT Guy” Rift

    It’s an unspoken cultural rift dividing corporate America: “tech guys” vs “business guys”. People on both sides view the other with thinly-guarded disdain, as if they are simply a necessary evil. This is not a small problem that has to be addressed.

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  • Infographic: Startup Engineering

    I’ve been thinking recently about the differences between building something right, and building something RIGHT NOW. In startup mode, the optimal solution almost always requires more time or money or effort than is available. The compromise solution can either be depressing or invigorating – it depends entirely on your point of view. If you start…

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  • How Developers Can Ruin Your Startup Pt 2: Avoiding Technical Ransom

    So here’s the reality: it’s hard to find a technical co-founder. When they can’t find one, they do what they think is the next-best thing: Most less-technical founders hire a development shop and outsource technical leadership to them. Now don’t get me wrong, this seems like an intuitively obvious thing to do. And it is.…

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  • Finding a Technologist for Your Great Idea: 5 Traps To Avoid

    So you’ve got a great idea for an online/mobile/technology product/business/venture, but you’re not a technologist. You’re the Idea Guy. To bring your Great Idea to life, you need a Tech Guy. Easier said than done. Having watched and participated in this process more times than I can count, I can vouch for the fact that most…

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  • Five Ways Developers Can Kill Your Startup, Part 1

    Choosing Your Platform These days, with the cost of web-based tools dropping rapidly and the huge demand for qualified tech talent, lots of junior developers are jumping into the startup game. When you find one, it’s tempting to cede responsibility to them – after all, they certainly sound like they know a lot about technology,…

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