Development

Carly Guthrie shares what she’s learned about why people quit

There are a number of ways to keep your best people, but no silver bullet. As you think through your own retention strategy, remember the following: Recognize that employees have lives outside of work — cultivate a deep respect for employees’ time. When employees leave because of their boss, it rarely comes from personality mismatches;

10% time at Hooroo

Recently the team at Hooroo got together and identified that our regular 10% time, every Tuesday arvo from 1pm, was falling short of the benefits and results we were originally aiming for when we put it in place over a year ago. We decided this wasn’t on and have made a few changes to help reinvigorate this valuable

Hack Days FTW

So awesome. TaskRabbit’s new business model & product direction was born out of a company Hack Day. In August, TaskRabbit held a hack day devoted to reimagining the service. “If you started TaskRabbit today,” Busque asked her team of roughly 50, “what would the world look like?” A product manager named Andy Jih became interested in what he called

Stable values

Bob Martin reflects on the early values underpinning the agile movement highlighted in the book “Extreme Programming Explained” by Kent Beck. “I believe the practices persist because they are based on a firm foundation of stable values. Values that Kent Beck described in Chapter 7 on page 29 of his book: Communication Simplicity Feedback Courage. I

Arbitrary References to Waterfall and Agile

“To be as predictable as possible and to maximize time to ROI, we need to have clear conversations around the characteristics of the teams that are best suited to the problems we are trying to solve. Understand if your project is convergent or divergent, determine the appropriate amount of planning, assess if your project would

Developer & Product Pair Programming

Each Friday for the past couple of weeks I’ve been pair programming with one of the UI developers on the team at Hooroo. It’s not uncommon for development & test teams to partake in pair programming but it is certainly new for me in my product management role. The benefits have been clear and I