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Knocking down a featurestein

Knocking down a featurestein

Story #1I'm a serial note-taker. I've used dozens of apps to improve my note-taking: tag information, simplify formatting, improve navigation, etc. I wasn't limiting myself to free software only: paying for software was never an issue - as long as…

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When people care about what you do (for them)

When people care about what you do (for them)

Last week we've released a new mobile app for our business users (we have a SaaS-enabled Marketplace, so we have apps for those businesses' customers as well). There were no advertisements, no marketing, no previews. We were polishing it quietly,…

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Developers who don't ask WHY

Developers who don't ask WHY

TL;DR Over the next few years we'll likely see another big shift in software developement industry -> basic app building knowledge will commoditize & another generation of smaller & bigger development centers will pop up. This model is…

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Strongholds: Conway's Law in micro-scale

Strongholds: Conway's Law in micro-scale

TL;DR No org composition is perfect & given forever - things that didn't matter much when you were 10 may suffocate your whole engineering unit when it grows to 30. That's why engineering units should keep evolving - to…

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Fifty Shades of Success

Fifty Shades of Success

When I was starting my first paid job (as a software developer) success definition was quite simple: deliver pre-defined scope in pre-defined time (budget) & make sure that bugs don't break the general usability (you can call it a loose…

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Software that does nothing (useful)

Software that does nothing (useful)

"We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like." Tyler Durden ("Fight Club") I guess I'm getting old & getting old seems to be a…

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