Monthly Archives: June 2015

Advice for Software Engineers

As Zack from Github says “You can have the best, most comprehensive test suite in the world, but tests are still different from production”, amen! — and he says a lot of other useful things as well:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 19, 2015, 10:58 pm 
move fast & break nothing by @holman http://zachholman.com/talk/move-fast-break-nothing/

Twenty-two good pieces of advice for software engineers including:

  • Everything takes longer than you think.
  • Fix the known errors, then see what’s left.
  • Assume no coincidences.
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 21, 2015, 1:45 pm 
Lessons Learned in Software Development http://wp.me/p1S8D9-jx

Advice for New CEOs

From American CEO, fifteen essential CEO skills:

  1. Attracting Employees
  2. Retaining Employees
  3. Employee Development
  4. Communication
  5. Leadership
  6. Sales Knowledge
  7. Operational Knowledge
  8. Financial Knowledge
  9. Regulation and Governance Knowledge
  10. Market and Customer Knowledge
  11. Tying Strategy to Execution
  12. Attention to Detail
  13. Anticipate Organizational Needs
  14. Emotional Intelligence
  15. Build the Culture
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 21, 2015, 7:46 pm 
The Top 15 Essential CEO Skills – The American CEO http://theamericanceo.com/2015/04/21/the-top-15-essential-ceo-skills/

And then, from one of the smartest, most inspiring, CEOs I know:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 22, 2015, 12:05 am 
From @patrickmoran “Go. Big. Always.” – in everything you do, just go big.

Victimhood, SaaS Startups, and Books

Unfortunately, I’ve definitely met these people:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 10, 2015, 10:29 am 
Wait, I’ve met this person before! http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2015/04/10/

From the article: “There’s a familiar path now to SaaS companies that start in the SMB (small-to-medium business) part of the market. Over time, they seem to inevitably begin serving larger customers. Box, Hubspot, Zendesk and among many others have exhibited this pattern. Why does this happen?”

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 10, 2015, 1:02 pm 
The Innovator’s Dilemma for SaaS Startups via @ttunguz http://www.tomtunguz.com/saas-innovators-dilemma/

This is my model for feedback: frequent, followed up with writing, augmented with coaching, and always honest:

nigel carrsohonyApr 10, 2015, 4:01 am 
“How to Build a Culture of Continuous Feedback” by @peeps_first – every company needs leaders who really live this: http://linkd.in/1OfXde9

And finally, this statement is just too true. It’s not just because I’m a reader and prefer a book or a written report over a movie or a webcast, but because if you’re busy you can read a book incrementally:

Book RiotBookRiotApr 11, 2015, 1:00 am 
Too Busy To Watch a Movie? Read A Book: http://ow.ly/LqLBo

Indieweb Experiment Not So Successful

My Indieweb experiment hasn’t been as successful as I wanted, mostly because I now realize that each of the different media I write in has a different purpose and thus trying to unify them all in blog posts is a mistake. So on to the next phase of the experiment which is that I’m going to still re-post some of my short-form entries here, but only the best of them.