Business Book Series: The Lean Startup

By Liza Mock on May 23, 2017 in Tips and Tricks
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Running a company is never easy. Trying to start one and keep it afloat is even harder. If you’ve ever thought of running your own company, you need to be aware of how to avoid all the common pitfalls that you will be fighting against. There’s no playbook that can apply to every new company,…

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Shortcuts for Writing technical docs in 30m or less

By Rocco Balsamo on May 12, 2017 in Let's Talk Tech

…so that I can get back to what I’m paid for: writing great code. tl;dr Summarize (in a tl;dr section like this!). Use great free tools to get screenshots and visual aids. Use keyboard shortcuts and your copy/paste buffer efficiently to avoid intermediate files whenever possible. Too Long; Didn’t Read The purpose of a tl;dr…

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How Engineers Can Walk the Tightrope of Complex Diagrams

By Liza Mock on May 05, 2017 in Stories

Software companies aren’t the only organizations that lean on diagrams to help explain complex systems. Many businesses and government departments use diagrams to explain their different processes. The Department of Defense, for instance, is diagram-mad. Literally, if you take some generals’ word for it. A few years back, two diagrams from within the DoD made…

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Business Books Series: Tribal Leadership

By Liza Mock on Apr 28, 2017 in Stories
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Have you ever wondered why that one coworker spends more time gossiping than working and always tries to get away with doing as little as possible? Why is it that certain people thrive off of drama while others truly care about the team, while still others are all about us vs. them? In their book,…

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How Diagrams Unlock the Complexity in Simple Systems

By Liza Mock on Apr 20, 2017 in Stories
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Slack looks simple. Just a chat app dressed up in pretty packaging. Internet relay chat (IRC) has been around for 30 years, so anyone could put together a clone in a few days, right? As a software engineer you’re probably already rolling your eyes. Matt Haughey, founder of MetaFilter and editor at Slack, recently debunked…

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