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How I Was Unbanned from Hacker News
November 14, 2013

How I Was Unbanned from Hacker News

Somehow I managed to become what I thought was hellbanned from Hacker News. I was ready to apologize for sinning — to bow down to the Internet gods of geeky and fresh content and…

Why Does DevOps Think They Are the TSA?
October 28, 2013

Why Does DevOps Think They Are the TSA?

So you are the Operations Manager — gatekeeper of everything good — and the go-to-guy for everything infrastructure. You help keep engineering from releasing the miserable code…

Publish A Beautiful Product Roadmap
October 21, 2013

Publish A Beautiful Product Roadmap

How often do you get asked for your product roadmap? Or, questioned about when feature X is going to be delivered? Sharing your product roadmap with the sales team, marketing,…

Github for Code and Aha! for Product Roadmaps
October 17, 2013

Github for Code and Aha! for Product Roadmaps

Do you need an easier way to tie code changes to the product roadmap that drove them? If yes, we just made that a lot easier through an integration with GitHub. While GitHub is a…

Scrum — Your False God of Innovation
October 15, 2013

Scrum — Your False God of Innovation

Scrum will make a zealot out of you. And a growing number of product managers and engineering teams are fervent disciples. The problem is that it does not lead to breakthrough…

The Lean(est) Startup
October 2, 2013

The Lean(est) Startup

I like the Lean Startup methodology, but I am not sure it goes far enough. I am now recommending a disruptive new approach which I have aptly named the Waif Startup. It’s so lean…

$0 -→ $200M in nine months  [Startup lessons]
October 1, 2013

$0 -→ $200M in nine months [Startup lessons]

I never actually was in a business that grew from zero to $200 million in sales — but I have often dreamed about it. And that counts for something. I am a big thinker and my brain…

A Better Product Backlog
September 30, 2013

A Better Product Backlog

If your product backlog is like mine was, it’s a mess. But it’s not your or your team’s fault. That’s how I see it, because I am not a sloppy person and you probably are not…

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