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#DefragCon 2013 Notes: Sustainable Software Engineering Culture (Without The Ninjas) – Mike Gehard, Pivotal Labs

Sustainable Software Engineering Culture (Without The Ninjas) – Mike Gehard, Pivotal Labs Everyone wants predictability in an unpredictable world Sustainability over time is critical to becoming predictable Sustainable culture = (Transparency + Communication) * Discipline Transparency = honest and open, not secretive (harder is larger companies due to difficulty of communication) Communication = requires common […]

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Are You Building a Project or Product?

As a developer, I often see problems as projects. These projects have a problem statement, steps to resolve the issue, and target completion criteria. It seems like a simple approach. Often, I see a potential product that can be built upon it. In fact, I can determine how much it will cost to complete the […]

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How To Locate a Developer For Your Startup

In a recent question posted at the OnStartups forums, a founder asked how to find a developer for their Software as a Service (SaaS) idea. While I was able to provide some advice, there is a deeper discussion to explore before trying to locate a developer. Here is a more detailed look at the questions you need to ask and how to find developers for your startup.

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How To Select A Development Team For Your Startup

One of the big decisions for any new startup is the selection of a development team. Whether you need just one developer or you need a complete team, there are five important things to consider first.

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What To Do When You Have a Bad Development Team

I recently heard two stories about bad development teams. They are both full of heartache and woe, but they both provide some valuable insight for the business owner about to embark on their first software venture.

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