Category: Engineering Excellence

Things I love and hate about the state of software companies in 2024

This started as a rant, not meant to be published. But sticking to my “New Year’s resolution” to write about what triggers me most, I decided to publish it anyway. I wanted to publish it as a LinkedIn post, but it got too long. So here is the unshortened, unpolished and authentic original version of this document, most of which I wrote on my phone after waking up on a Sunday at 5:45am. 😬

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11 Aspects Most Startups Get Wrong About OKRs and How to Fix it

Discover the top mistakes startups make with OKRs and how to correct them for better team alignment and goal achievement. This article provides straightforward advice on setting realistic objectives, improving focus, and enhancing teamwork to ensure your startup uses OKRs effectively for growth and success.

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Self-organizing companies don’t need managers but coaches

This article advocates for self-organizing companies where coaches replace traditional managers, emphasizing the benefits of adaptability, resilience, and a collaborative culture over hierarchical structures, and invites discussion on the evolving role of leadership in modern organizations.

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Benefits of Collaboration

This article explains why working together as a team is better than working alone most of the time. It discusses how teamwork helps make better decisions, learn faster, and solve complex problems. You’ll also find tips on how to work well in a team and why it’s still okay to work alone sometimes.

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Selling DevEx Initiatives in Purpose vs. Profit-oriented Companies

The article looks at how companies, based on their main focus (either profit or purpose), approach Developer Experience (DevEx). It discusses the challenges and strategies of introducing DevEx initiatives in different company settings. The piece also highlights the importance of understanding a company’s stage and priorities when discussing DevEx. It’s a reflection on the balance between purpose and profit in the tech world.

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Why We Need to Stop Measuring (Developer) Productivity — Part 2

Measuring developer productivity is a flawed endeavor; it often replaces uncertain realities with misleading certainties. While metrics can offer insights, they cannot directly quantify productivity. Instead of seeking elusive measures, focus on understanding and eliminating barriers to engineers’ best work. After all, nurturing an environment for outstanding work is a more valid approach to enhancing productivity.

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