In part four of this five part series on lessons learned from tripling an engineering team we finally reach the actual hiring! In this article I cover lessons learned, how we tracked our recruitment process, and how we implemented flexibililty in our approach to hiring.Read More
In 2016, after being acquired by private investors, we were given the green light to triple our engineering team as fast as possible. In this article (part 3 of a 5 part series) I focus on all the preparations required before starting to hire.Read More
In 2016, after being acquired by private investors, we were given the green light to triple our engineering team as fast as possible. In this article (part 2 of a 5 part series) I dive deeper on how we actually planned the massive task we were embarking upon, the questions we needed to ask, and the important lessons we learned about planning to scale.Read More
In November 2016 the company I worked for was acquired, injected with cash, and told to 'go faster'. Over the next six months I led a recruitment drive that saw the engineering team (more than) triple. This is a 5-part blog series on that massive recruitment process; starting with the background story that led us to need to scale at such a pace.
When making decisions, jumping to the price as the first mechanism for comparison is a common mistake we all make. Everybody has done it at some point already and I am willing to bet most people resort to price as their default assessment most of the time. I know I do.Read More
OTAD (One task a day) is another productivity tip that is a MUST-HAVE for anyone busting their arse on a side project. Whether you are a writer, painter, entrepreneur, singer, musician, programmer, or just planning a holiday, building a treehouse, learning to cook, renovating your house, or some other project in your life. OTAD will help youRead More
OFAT (One Focus at a Time) is a process/mindset/hack that I have been using to help keep me focused on achieving goals in my side projects. This technique is the number one reason I've been able to complete so many side projects in my spare time over the past few years whilst also working full-time and growing my family.Read More
New year's resolutions do not work. In fact, wide sweeping resolutions of any kind are destined to fail because they create a pressure for perfection. There is middle ground for resolutions which makes them more likely to fail.Read More
For the past 10+ years I've seen a wide range of projects, products, teams, and companies and every one of them worked differently. The key to success of any product, or company, depends on how the product and engineering teams work together but this relationship is often ignored.Read More
Writer's block is just a lame excuse. To claim writer's block is to shift the blame, to avoid owning the problem. Something else, some unseen and uncontrollable force, is blocking you. If only that block was removed then writing would be so easy! Right?