I’ve been thinking lately about the plight of the first-time startup CTO. Startup CTOs are an interesting crowd. They’re often people who are technology-focused with a good idea and enough tech skill to create something that is worth incorporating a company over. Startup CTOs might be industry veterans with years…

As you interact with other people in the world, you either generate energy or you deplete it. In a team environment, there are people who always bring the team’s energy level up. When they are absent, you miss it. They somehow direct the flow of conversation and events from dead…

As a kid, when I had just reached the age of having or going to sleep-overs, there was a constant source of friction between me and my friends: they would want to watch television, and I argued that we could watch television alone, so it was a waste of our time together.

Now our entire society has become a pervasive, mobile version of what I was trying to avoid as a child. But instead of watching television, we’re all watching our phones, tablets, and laptops. Everywhere. On the street. At dinner. At parties. At traffic signals. In our living rooms and bedrooms.

What a waste of our time together.

What do the following have in common?

  • Agile Software Development
  • Six Sigma
  • Behavior Driven Development
  • Software Craftsmanship
  • DevOps

Each of these represents a good idea that a group of well-meaning people tried (and succeeded) to spread into the world.

Each is generally poorly defined and poorly understood.

Each term has…

Chad Fowler

I help startups succeed. CTO, speaker, author, investor — currently @microsoft @blueyard

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