Jonathan Hsieh

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Too Busy To Be Promoted? Save Your Career

CEOs of midsized companies are sick and tired of leaders who are too busy. Too busy to step up on special projects. Too busy to step up and participate in strategy. Too busy to think long term. Those CEOs need to find ways to delegate critical work, and we advise them how. But if you’re not the …

How To Create Your Team’s Definition Of Done

A scrum team’s definition of done is an important tool that helps the team add new functionality while keeping the product in a releasable state. …

What's the role of an engineering team lead?

Over the last year, Pusher’s engineering organisation transformed from a team supporting one product, to a group of autonomous teams developing …

How Much Technical Debt is Too Much?

Let’s face it, technical debt is something that every Product Manager has to deal with on a constant basis — whether it’s making snap decisions that …

Read This Before Joining as Employee 1 to 20 at a Startup

It’s week six in your new job at a bootstrapped startup, and the founder asks you: “Create a prototype of our software to share with investors. We …

Vision Debt: The hidden factor that can kill your product

Your VP of Engineering has just given you a choice. With the big industry conference coming up in two weeks, she says we could accelerate our …

Facebook's VP of Product Says This Is the Most Important Skill Any Manager Can Have

Managing a team of 400+ and working on the world's biggest social media platform comes down to one skill.<p>For any business owner or leader, it's too easy to fall into the trap of saying "I'll do that" to anything that comes up. But it happens. And before you know it, you're juggling more than you …

The Clever PM's Hierarchy of PM Needs

There’s a well-known theory in psychology known as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, named after its creator Abraham Maslow. The concept behind this …

Stop Hiring for Culture Fit

I really dislike the term “A player.” It implies a grading system that can determine who will be best for a position. HR people always ask how Netflix, where I served as chief talent officer from 1998 to 2012, managed to hire only A players. I say, “There’s an island populated exclusively by A …

Employment

12 Slack alternatives worth a look

Once upon a time if you wanted employees to collaborate you'd probably encourage them to use Internet Relay Chat (IRC). But about four years ago …

Build a healthy organization by thinking like an engineer

Greenhouse’s VP of Engineering shares a framework for defining team structure, values and culture<p>One of the hardest things about scaling a company is …

What It Takes to Become a Great Product Manager

Because I teach a course on product management at Harvard Business School, I am routinely asked “What is the role of a product manager?” The role of product manager (PM) is often referred to as the “CEO of the product.” I disagree because, as Martin Eriksson points out, “Product managers simply …

1 Personality Trait Steve Jobs Always Looked for When Hiring for Apple

Steve Jobs' hiring philosophy for Apple was unconventional at the time.<p>From the early days of Apple, Steve Jobs knew he wanted the build a successful company. At one point, Apple hired two "professional" managers from outside the company. Then Jobs promptly fired them.<p>"It didn't work at all," a …

How we design enterprise software

At Mesosphere the <b>Product Design team</b> is responsible for the UX of Mesosphere products. Typically this UX primarily relates to the GUI (graphical user …

35 Hidden Bars Around the World and How to Find Them

Some of the world's most intriguing bars are in locations you might not expect, hidden in taco joints and noodle shops, or disguised as everything …

Stonefruit

Four Leadership Personalities: What Color Are You?

With our leadership team, we use the <i>Insights Discovery</i> tool to help each other understand our unique personalities. The tool is validated and has …

Leadership

How to Level Up as a Data Scientist (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series I identified three areas I consider foundational skills for Data Scientists: SQL, Random Variables/Conditional Probability, …

Tech giants are using open source frameworks to dominate the AI community

Tech giants such as Google and Baidu spent from $20 billion to $30 billion on AI last year, according to the recent McKinsey Global Institute Study. Out of this wealth, 90 percent fueled R&D and deployment, and 10 percent went toward AI acquisitions.<p>Research plays a crucial role in the AI movement, …

Artificial Intelligence

3 things your boss wants you to know without having to tell you

Communication in the workplace is one of the hardest topics to master. Do you wish your boss would stop micromanaging? Do you wish your boss would give you more feedback because you never know what she's thinking?<p>One of the big things I've learned over the past six years growing Triplemint is that …

Career Development

TLDR is what Linux man pages always should have been

If you get stuck using a Linux tool, the first port of call shouldn’t be to Stack Overflow, but rather its “man pages.” Man — which is short for manual — retrieves documentation for a given program. Unfortunately, this can often be dense, hard to understand, and lacking in practical examples to …

This is why your job is becoming impossible to do

As the old saying goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Consider the onslaught of cognitive overload that so many of us contend …

Turn Command Lines into Web Apps

Even if you like using a graphical user interface, you can probably agree that writing a graphical program is usually harder than writing an …

Repo style wars: mono vs multi

This essay was originally written when consulting for Eero who has graciously allowed me to share it.<p>The Fundamental Law of Repo Topology is that you …

Veteran CTO (with Multiple Successful Exits) Answers Your Top Startup-Building Questions

Adil Ajmal has built several standout technical organizations from scratch to successful acquisition. Here, he answers the toughest questions from …

Product Management

How to make time to repay your technical debt

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of articles about how to pay down your technical debt and most of them miss step one. They don't tell you <b>how to</b> …

7 Coding Shortcuts That Don’t Work

<b>We recently compiled and analyzed a selection of some of the most widely used software metrics (you can</b> <b>download our report here</b><b>). As part of the</b> …

Software Development

Introducing AthenaX, Uber Engineering’s Open Source Streaming Analytics Platform

Uber Engineering built AthenaX, our open source streaming analytics platform, to bring large-scale event stream processing to everyone.The post …

Why Trello Failed to Build a $1 Billion+ Business

In 2011, Joel Spolsky launched his company Fog Creek’s new product at TechCrunch Disrupt called Trello. It looked a lot like a whiteboard with sticky …