I’ve been throwing this phrase: ‘play well with others without changing the way you work’. That has forced us to rethink how we’re building Backpack. We hope that the outcome is a product designed to promote action instead of status updates, and that the process of checking boxes and moving cards will become automatic or, at best, irrelevant.
…rson at your company be that the next thing you build is actually going to resonate with customers? We’re scrapping unused and bloating features all the time — why is there so much confidence in a promised feature?
mble, an…enstein’ solutions that were crafted for the benefit of suits into a workflow imagined for artists. It’s an infuriating contradiction to measure your team’s success by metrics like velocity — the speed in which we deliver to the business — when your team values nurturing relationships and allowing individuals to develop into proficient, nimble, and trustworthy decision makers.
…optimized for peak performance. I’ve put all of my best, creative energy into work — for 3.5 hours. I believe many of you share in the idea that 3 or so hours of uninterrupted work at your peak performance time is better than eight hours spent in an office, where you have less control over your schedule. Research suggests that many people work about three hours in an eight hour workday anyway.
…e it would actually be better to create a bigger, bulkier piece of hardware. Yes, we all hate this. But you’ve perfected a device that it both impossible to orient and seems to have a magnified gravitational pull towards the black hole that is the crevice between all couch cushions. Congrats.
…ey may be flourishing economically, it often lacks the humanity necessary to drive global adoption. So instead, companies too often force their will on society, because they have the funding to do so without consequences. Historically we’ve referred to people who behave this way as tyrannical, authoritarian, or at the very best, unjust — in tech we call it disruption.
… to send money to my friends” app that isn’t PayPal, Venmo, or Google Wallet is actually necessary. Not to mention that money transfer through Apple Pay could launch at any moment and would still have to compete with Facebook Pay, Snap Cash, and Square Cash for relevance.