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Algorithms to make you more effective

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Shakey the Robot. (Source: Computer History Museum) Your focus and how to protect it Earlier on in my career, I was under the impression that success was strongly tied to saying yes. That quick favor? No problem. That interesting idea that someone just mentioned to me in the kitchen? I should probably prototype that. Jumping on that call to a client? Why not.  Always saying yes is how I thought I could be most helpful […]

The case for building from source

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Photo by Oscar Nord on Unsplash. Previously I wrote about the inflection point that a particular part of your architecture will reach before you need to roll your own specialized piece of infrastructure. The summary of that article was that you probably won’t end up doing that unless you reach product market fit and then have a real success that drives scale. What this means for most of us is that we’ll be reusing existing software for the […]

That massive email

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My laptop is going out of the window That email. It’s been watching you all day. Lurking. You’ve skirted around it, and you’ve turned your attention to other things: to Slack conversations, to pull requests, and even to writing that API documentation that’s been dangling at the bottom of your to-do list for weeks. But it’s still there. And now you have nothing else to distract you. You open it. A wall of text appears […]