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The Portable CTO
Startups · Technology · Leadership
If you've read the Agile Manifesto, you've seen this sort of statement. It says, for example:

"Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan"

These "X over Y" statements are simple phrases that teams can pin up on a wall and use as strategic touchstones in their work. They relate your goals and values, but more importantly, they tell you what each one costs.

When management comes to your team, how will you justify the choices you've made? Having a list of statements like these can help.
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"For managers, interruptions in the form of meetings, phone calls, and Slack notifications are normal. For someone on the maker schedule, however, even the slightest distraction can have a disruptive effect."
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We're adjusting our product-market fit at The Graide Network right now. I'm spending more time listening to customers and working with marketing, so this really spoke to me.
"Question-asking, research, modeling, analysis, and data storytelling take practice. The trouble is that most people feel put “on the spot” when doing official presentations. There’s a ton of pressure to get it right, which means they play it safe."
I'm a big believer in "YAGNI" so while Postgres might not be the *best* pub/sub server, it gets the job done. Don't overcomplicate things until you have to.
"Despite the strong growth, the percentage of emissions-free electricity in the world has not increased in 20 years. This is because global demand keeps increasing...We must face a sobering reality: Renewable energy alone is simply not enough to address the climate crisis."
"Always break down problems, not solutions. Doing this eliminates the chance of writing lazy problem definitions that don’t actually break down and prioritize the right solutions."
We all know that educational and government IT departments struggle to keep up, but this is really scary: "Many districts are reluctant to ask for help when they experience a cybersecurity incident because they are embarrassed, worry they did something wrong or don't want to cause panic among students or parents."
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