I’m planning on doing some of that myself. I’m going to be doing a series on design decisions and writing decisions. I may record myself writing a blog post and talk through why I’m writing/editing/tweaking things a certain way. Coming soon!
You in business? What are you doing to last? Not to grow. Not to gain. Not to take. Not to win. But to last?
I wouldn’t advocate spending much time worrying about the competition — you really shouldn’t waste attention worrying about things you can’t control — but if it helps make…
We ran an engineering consulting company using a similar business philosophy for over 60 years. It continues to prosper at a moderate size (6 mostly independent offices of 30 to 60 people each) and has outlasted many of its early competitors who insisted on growth, with silly mantras like “grow or die”. The focus was on quality rather than quantity…
Interesting. Richard Branson says that if you get above 50 or 60 people in a group, folks “get lost in the corridors of power.”
We’ve noticed that groups made up entirely of engineers can do well with Jira and the do-it-yourself kit you mentioned.
When some people in the group aren’t engineers, Jira usually doesn’t work. Eg you likely won’t get a salesperson to add new feedback from the client in a tool that’s optimized for very technical people.
“Has it been reducing year to year…”
Quite the opposite! In 2015, we hired 2 people. In 2016, we hired 7 people, and 11(!) interns, and in 2017, we hired 9 people & 5 interns. Some of those were replacing departed employees, and some were new positions. We finally seem to have found a sweet spot.