Interview: How to create momentum on day zero

I did an interview with GitPrime about hiring and onboarding. I really like how it came out, and I hope you like it too! “We talk about how engineers hate process,” says Cate Huston, Mobile Lead at Automattic, “but here’s my theory: engineers often love process, but when they love it, they call it culture.” It’s […]

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How Do Users Define Success?

This is part 4 of a series of blog posts based on a talk I prepared called Successfully Derailed Product. It’s about the ways in which we define and talk about “success” influence what – and how – we build. See part 1, part 2, part 3. Let’s take another step back and talk about how […]

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Book: Finite and Infinite Games

Finite and Infinite Games (Amazon) was my final piece of assigned reading for the AltMBA I took last summer. I don’t know why it was on the list, and having read it I still don’t know what it’s about. It reads like someone got incredibly high and saw the meaning of life, which they then […]

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How Do Teams Define Success?

This is part 3 of a series of blog posts based on a talk I prepared called Successfully Derailed Product. It’s about the ways in which we define and talk about “success” influence what – and how – we build. See part 1, part 2. Taking a step back from individual success, I wanted to understand […]

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Book: Playing Big

Playing Big (Amazon) was a gift from Jean Hsu, and I loved it. It articulated things that I had noticed, and opened my eyes to things I had not. Super helpful. A few highlights: I’m over the inner critic (perhaps a topic for another post), but I loved the idea of the inner mentor. The […]

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How do Developers Define Success?

This is part 2 of a series of blog posts based on a talk I prepared called Successfully Derailed Product. It’s about the ways in which we define and talk about “success” influence what – and how – we build. See part 1.  With the caveat that how we define success comes from various places, […]

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Book: Brotopia

I ordered Brotopia (Amazon) after reading an extract I’d been quoted in. It was pretty interesting, and I appreciated the way that it tied together the things that I knew – and the things that I didn’t. It was pretty fascinating to read about the early Google culture, after experiencing first hand how far away things had […]

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Whose Expectations are Those, Anyway?

This is part 1 of a series of blog posts based on a talk I prepared called Successfully Derailed Product. It’s about the ways in which we define and talk about “success” influence what – and how – we build.   There used to be a joke at a company I worked for that went […]

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Book: The Art of Possibility

The Art of Possibility (Amazon) was the second book from the AltMBA with a woman co-author (the other was Thanks for the Feedback), and definitely in the top three that I got the most out of (along with Thanks for the Feedback and A Beautiful Constraint). It’s written by an orchestra conductor and his therapist, […]

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Book: Women & Power

I was excited to find that Mary Beard had a book – Women & Power: A Manifesto (Amazon) – based on her talks about the silencing of women. Of course I learned about it on The Eloquent Woman, and had appreciated the Famous Speech Friday posts about the talks that it was build on. I think […]

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