"That doesn’t mean your design team isn’t always right, or deserves unchecked power. A company needs balance across all disciplines. But the reality of software development today is we put design on a pedestal right up until the moment it threatens to affect our deadline. Then design turns into an unaffordable and unreasonable luxury, the word “MVP” starts getting used a lot, and product engineering hustles a half-baked product out the door and high fives themselves for shipping."
Design Courage — Medium
Yikes. What does courage mean in product design?
Also: “When you care more about releasing before the holiday season than the quality of your product, that’s a lack of courage. When you push out a low quality release just because it’s gut-wrenching to throw away a year of bad code, that’s a lack of courage. When you don’t have a head of design with just as much veto power as a head of engineering, that’s a lack of courage.”
"The best technical approach for Twitter abuse I’ve heard of is Ella Saitta’s suggestion of subscribe-able block lists, which could be very like normal lists, but which would make sure you never see the sort of people your friends block. Trolls could shout all they wanted; no one of relevance would be able to see them. It would be a way to never manage to wander into the wrong neighborhood."
Context Collapse, Architecture, and Plows — Medium
On how to deal with trolls. Subscribe-able block lists. Man, I wonder if “blocking” can be done through the twitter api …
(The whole thing is great, but this immediately triggered my “let’s build shit” sense.)
"My primary concern is to help the members of my team do their most impactful work. This is not the same as their best work. Over time I am seeing that these are greatly different, and I think the open source world is almost built on “best” over “impactful”, so this prioritization is important and somewhat contrary."
Professional Transitions (or: the shutting down of Mozilla Labs)
The whole thing is great, but this particular bit about principles Ian is learning about managing people hits hard.
"Entrepreneurship is three things: a set of business skills, a set of political skills, and a stash of hoarded unfair advantages, held in reserve for the right opportunity. When the latter two vanish, it becomes merely a teachable generalist skill, rather than a cultivated talent for successful risk-taking."
Entrepreneurs are the New Labor: Part II
In the middle of a binge read. The whole thing is fascinating.
On day not unlike today, not too far in the future, I’ll run out of tomorrows.
But that day is not today, and I’ve still got hope of tomorrows.
Given all this, and a stash of potential tomorrows, what shall I do today?