Not all the tools in the box…

Stand-ups, planning, and retros are a tool and you should be putting a lot of thought into what tools you use.

Source: https://medium.com/@jsonpify/you-dont-need-standup-9a74782517c1

It’s so easy to get carried away with doing all the things.  Often you forget about what you actually need.  At MoT we have very few meetings, once every week or two for different ‘depts’.  And then we catch up as and when we feel the need.

Not that I think what or how we do things is the best.  But I’d like to think we do what we can, the best we can, whilst adapting to the different needs of the team.

 

Things they don’t teach you running a business by yourself

I should probably write one of these myself.  But for now, it’s nice reading it from someone else’s perspective.

Yes, indie businesses are all the rage at the moment.  Little did I know I started one all those years back.

One of the most hotly talked about topics in tech right now is starting an indie business. What is an indie business? It’s one where you, and maybe a co-founder, attempt to start a business with no investor funding or large external influence. It goes by many names: boot-strapped, solo-founded, self-funded, indie-hackers…etc… and it’s pretty hot right now! Which is why we see a proliferation of sites like IndieHackers and posts on Hacker News (frequently making it the front-page). While I think it’s an exciting venture to take part of, I don’t think it’s for everybody. There’s a reason that folks seek employment over entrepreneurship, and we often forget these points when we see how “Joe Schmoe” went from an individual-contributor role to making $50k/mo with his side-hustle selling artisanal crayons out of his basement. Also, spoiler-alert, that kind of growth is an outlier, and not something to expect or bet on. A large amount of these run-away success stories are backed by years of failures and experience that catapulted them to where they are now.

Full article: https://docs.browserless.io/blog/2018/08/01/running-an-indie-business.html

The Bullshit Web

So refreshing to read this.  Would it be possible to see a movement towards a minimalistic web?

So, with an internet connection faster than I could have thought possible in the late 1990s, what’s the score now? A story at the Hill took over nine seconds to load; at Politicoseventeen seconds; at CNN, over thirty seconds. This is the bullshit web.

Source: https://pxlnv.com/blog/bullshit-web/

Debt instead of venture funding

I love reading stories of companies that don’t sell out and try to find their own creative way.  It also makes me feel better about Ministry of Testing being a Wistia customer. 🙂 This shares how Wistia decided to take on debt instead of selling out.

There were a few things within it that reminds me of MoT, particularly about reminding themselves that business can be fun and creative but that it is all too easy to lose that when the wrong things are focused on.

It was nerve-racking to operate on gut instincts, but when it worked it felt amazing. Source: https://wistia.com/learn/culture/taking-on-debt-to-grow-our-own-way

Bit Planner – A Lego Planner

Oh, I love the the visual aspect of this!  Plus Lego!

Bit Planner is a wall mounted time and resource planner. It’s made entirely of Lego bricks, and if you take a photo of it using our app all of the events and timings will be magically synchronised to an online, digital calendar.

It makes the most of the tangibility of physical objects, and the ubiquity of digital platforms, and it also puts a smile on our faces when we use it!

Teach Yourself Computer Science

From a testing perspective I would love to know how many subjects within this TeachYourselfCS site that testers have gone to the effort to learn.  Of course it depends, but how necessary/beneficial is it.

(I haven’t tried to learn each topic in details, I find it overwhelming!)

TL;DR:

Study all nine subjects below, in roughly the presented order, using either the suggested textbook or video lecture series, but ideally both. Aim for 100-200 hours of study of each topic, then revisit favorites throughout your career 🚀.

Visit source: https://teachyourselfcs.com/

How work kills us

RONALD REAGAN once quipped that they say hard work never killed anyone—“But I figure why take the chance?” Yet things have changed since “the Gipper” pretended to loaf in the Oval Office. Toxic work environments are as dangerous to health as second-hand smoke, argues Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, in his latest book, “Dying for a Paycheck”.

Source: https://www.economist.com/open-future/2018/07/18/how-work-kills-us