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A Journey Into the Depths of Public Speaking
When I hit the stage I was calm and collected. But for three months prior everything else in my life suffered. I was nervous. Three months of slow-burning, consistent, low-level dread. Fantasy and Reality I listened to an interview today. A comedian spoke about how a stand-up performance dismissed his...
Planning an Agile Project
Planning software projects is hard. There are myriad complexities in the business process to consider, rules that need to be enforced, stakeholders to keep happy, and milestones to reach. This is not to mention challenges with the technical, financial and time constraints that every project comes with. We as an...
4 Lessons Any Struggling Business Can Learn from Kitchen Nightmares
I’m a big fan of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. The British version, not the American one. I enjoy watching, not because the shows are about cooking, but because they’re about business. Teamwork, leadership, purpose, positioning, margins and profit and losses are all topics you’ll hear covered. 1. Go Where the Customers...
Why Simpler is Better for Tracking Project Health
As a group of software developers and designers, we talk a lot about what makes for a good product. High code quality, beautiful design, intuitive UI, and excellent test coverage are a few ways we talk about and measure the quality of a software product. But how do we characterize...
Gaslight Podcast: Building an Employee Owned Company with Ry Walker
Your browser does not support the audio element. Ry Walker, Differential partner, talked with Michael Guterl and me about how he is “breaking the rules” to build his ideal company. Subscribe with RSS Subscribe with iTunes
What Feature Do We Build Next? Our Approach to Software Release Planning.
Right now we’re documenting the entire software development process at Gaslight. One of the hotly contested subjects around the office is how to build a release plan for new projects. Does it need to be documented somewhere? Or does it simply exist in the day-to-day interactions of a tight-knit team?...