Continuous Delivery, not Continuous Deployment

Engineering teams like Etsy's have popularized the idea of continuous deployment: infrastructure that automatically rolls-out newly minted code to production in a safe and gradual manner. In Lean Startup and Web Operations, Eric Ries explains the rationale behind continuous deployment: making a safe habit out of shipping product. I loved the motive, but it was clear that … Continue reading Continuous Delivery, not Continuous Deployment

The 10x Engineer and Delegated Responsibility

Whenever I do an introductory phone call with an engineering candidate, I make sure to explain my management style and how my approach directs our team's process. Our process is agile, but it is decidedly not a formal Agile methodology. It's not Agile Scrum; it's not Extreme Programming; it's not Kanban. Instead, it's delegated responsibility in a … Continue reading The 10x Engineer and Delegated Responsibility

Pivotal Tracker Dashboard

UPDATE: The script I wrote is no longer needed for the latest release of Pivotal Tracker, as pinned panes persist between browser refreshes. The script below is for the last release of classic Pivotal Tracker on June 20, 2013. I like Pivotal Tracker. It's a step-up from the cumbersome ticket tracking systems I've used in the … Continue reading Pivotal Tracker Dashboard

Team Debt

I'm currently having a blast leading the technical team behind the LivingSocial Takeout & Delivery web site. One of the challenges of a growing team is maintaining appropriate amounts of communication. You want everyone to know everything that's important, but not everything. Otherwise, you end up being a case study in The Mythical Man Month. Although … Continue reading Team Debt

The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman

Several years ago, my dad, Bo Lotinsky, showed me the infamous 60 Minutes special on IDEO--the mecca of innovation. After watching it, I couldn't help but buy their book The Art of Innovation. I finally got around to reading it, and boy is it good. As always, a bulleted list of ideas and quotes don't … Continue reading The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman