Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

On this Christmas day, 2015, I wanted to share with you a few wise gifts of my own, in keeping with the spirit of the day. Gold For the soul. Time is a non-renewable. You might not have all the stuff you want, but if you’re reading this you have everything you need. I’ve made myself […]

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You Don’t Get to Punt

How ludicrous would it be if I started a restaurant but didn’t understand how to create recipes that people love or how to create an atmosphere where people liked to hang out? Or a clothing company and knew nothing about the various kinds of material that I could use to make my clothes, or how to […]

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How to Structure Contractor Deals

A few articles ago, we talked about the economics of hiring a US-based contract software development shop and how to find contractors to help you build your product. As we talked about, hiring a contractor can sometimes be the right way to either augment your team or perhaps, on rare occasions, be your entire team. If […]

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What is a Build?

A build is a central component of every software project. The term “build” means different things, depending on what programming language you’re using, but generally when developers talk about a build, they mean: A build is a set of pre-defined, coordinated steps that creates a working, tested and deployable instance of an application. Builds can […]

How to Find Software Contractors

This is the second in a series of articles on hiring and working with software contractors. In the first article, we talked about the economics of contract software development. In this article we’re going to cover how you find and hire a contractor. The process described in this post, if followed, will save you many, many headaches and lots […]

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How Continuous Integration Helps Your Product Win

“All I Do is Win Win Win, No Matter What What What” – DJ Khaled At some point in a meeting with your developers, you’ll probably hear them talking about Continuous Integration, or CI. It’ll sound something like “We really need a CI server for our builds. We need to set up our project on […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in the US, and I’m enjoying the holiday with my family. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who reads my posts, follows me on various social platforms, and takes the time to give me feedback or help me get better at what I do. I’ve realized this year, […]

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The Economics of Contract Software Development

As you’re building your tech product, you’re at some point going to have the opportunity to hire contract developers to either augment your current team or perhaps even to be your primary team. Before you jump in to a relationship with a contracting firm, you need to understand the economics of the relationship. For this […]

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