📚Speed as a Habit. Great article about how to think about speed in a company. Making fast decisions is a signal that we’re moving fast. Few great quotes, ”A good plan executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.”, “Deciding on when a decision will be made from the start is a profound, powerful change that will speed everything up.”, “A lot of people assume dependencies where they don’t even exist.”, “Questions are your best weapon against inertia.” One of the reasons I love 5-why’s is it usually cuts all the way to the bottom of a problem and is a great way to challenge assumptions.
📚No Dollar Signs This Time. Good article about philanthropy in our everyday lives by MacKenzie Scott. Also a good reminder that perspective is everything.
📚Bias for Action. I’ve long been a proponent of “don’t let perfect be the enemy of good enough”. Experimenting and trial and error have led to numerous society changing innovations (light bulbs, steam engine, antibiotics, human flight, etc). While I love reading, I’ve personally learned the most by doing, experimenting, shipping, etc. At the end of the day one of the competitive advantages of software and technology is the ability to move fast. Moving fast is the culmination of millions of small decisions made quickly. Let’s keep shipping!
📚Forty Year Career. Great post about pace and thinking about ways to avoid burnout. Great food for thought.
📚Unshipping Features. Good one by Reforge that things about reasons to un-ship a feature. Definitely can use this on some parts of the Appointments product.
📚Be prolific Short article - aligns with one of my favorite sayings, “don’t let perfect be the enemy of good”, commonly attributed to Voltaire.
📚Fractal Learning neat article on how learning is most effective as a BFS. This aligns with how I approach reading, start many books, continue the ones you like. Find out which ones you like in which moods.
📚The Asterix, another article on some arcane unicode history. I love articles like this. Why? I’ve been a computer geek for as long as I can remember. I have a funny story about being a lone teenager, accompanied by my dad, at the 4th Annual Linux Conference in 1996, right around the release of Linux kernel 2.0. Yes, it involves Linus Torvalds.
📚Blinded by How: Andy Matuschak is a great writer, good reminder about compassion, learning and how to approach new problems and ideas.
📚How big technical changes happen at Slack, not really any new ideas here, but I thought the explicit phases of adoption were neat.
📚Best science images of 2020, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and given the scale (both micro and macro!) maybe these are worth 1000^1000 words.
📚Hire for slope, not y-intercept. As we’re all thinking about hiring here a lot, we’ll likely be working with who we hire for a while, and thinking about longer time horizons when we hire will help us build the team we want. “The short run is always longer than we think, but the long run is always shorter than we think.”
📚How Big Tech Runs Projects. No one uses Scrum (duh), I’ve never liked the tread-mill of scrum, or the myth that if you follow “x” process you’ll be successful. Every team is different, while iteration is key, so is having a plan. (Plan->(Iterate)->Ship) is the most common, this is also why we plan on 6-week cycles, nothing special about the number, just a good balance to allow for us to build/iterate/ship great products.