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The politics of choosing a tech stack

The delicate balance between project requirements and professional development.

The problem with productivity metrics

Output over time is a good way to measure the impact of machines, not knowledge workers.

Managing backlog for teams that own multiple components

Competing priorities on multiple products can be a challenge for a team. Here are some ways to manage them.

An epic treatise on scheduling, bug tracking, and triage

Way back in 2016, we were having some trouble getting our team's releases out the door. We also had out-of-control bug/task queues and no idea when we'd be done. It was kind of a mess, so I did what I do best, which is plotting it in a spreadsheet. (If what I do best was actually solving the problem, I assume they'd have to pay me more.)

How to build a cross-functional team

Cross-functional teams are more or less a no-brainer for some projects. Here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind when building a team that works.