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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…

VCs Will Not Save You from the Startup Death Spiral
November 11, 2013
VCs Will Not Save You from the Startup Death Spiral

Your startup is in a death spiral if the following is true — your team is making more and more radical bets, despite fewer and fewer indicators that your efforts will be…

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…

Kanban Cannot Save You From The Engineering Death Spiral
October 3, 2013
Kanban Cannot Save You From The Engineering Death Spiral

Your company is in an engineering death spiral if the following is true — your team is becomes less and less efficient, despite more and more measures being implemented…

$0 to $200M in 9 months (Startup lessons)
October 1, 2013
$0 to $200M in 9 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…

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…

So You Want to IPO – Tips From an Investment Banker
September 15, 2013
So You Want to IPO – Tips From an Investment Banker

The following notes come directly from a recent talk given by leading investment bankers in Silicon Valley. The topic was how to prepare for going public. With Twitter’s…

Why do Scrum Fanatics Hate Time?
September 10, 2013
Why do Scrum Fanatics Hate Time?

Time can be understood, unless a scrumdamentalist is in the room. Because then time is replaced with a point, but that point cannot be known. It’s just relative to other…