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Product Management 101

This is intended as a guide for new front-line product managers on my team. It could also double as an introduction for people brand new to the discipline. M...

How to Give 360 Peer Feedback

Managers have a lot of practice giving people feedback. Most other engineers are only asked to give formal peer feedback once or twice a year. These are know...

Don’t Split the Team Until You Have To

If you have a team that is unable to work effectively, there could be any number of causes. If you’re thinking about splitting the team into two or more team...

Tracking Your Time

I’ve been using a time tracking tool pretty consistently for the last year to categorize all of my time spent at work. It started with wondering how much tim...

Two (more) Weeks in QA

Due to our regular QA engineer being out on vacation, I once again has the opportunity to do a tour of duty in QA. This time, for a big mobile release. I pre...

Saying the Same Thing Multiple Times

To communicate something to an organization of people, you need to repeat yourself. The more people involved, the more you will need to repeat yourself if yo...

Estimating Epic Stories in Three Steps

In Agile, an Epic story is a potentially large placeholder story in the backlog. Typically they will be broken down into manageable stories during grooming b...

Trading off Value, Quality and Time

The traditional Iron Triangle tries to explain in graphical form how software projects need to make hard tradeoffs between scope, schedule and resources.