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There's an all-too-common cycle in tech these days. Startup avoids management. Founder makes all the decisions. Startup gets traction. Hiring takes off. Management is suddenly needed. Founder turns to his best engineer: "I'm drowning. Can you manage this team for me?"

Picture a startup in the middle of hyper-growth. It's adding engineers to keep up, but because its team is outgrowing the limited process it has in place, its product release cadence starts to slow. It's taking longer to check-in and deploy code. Features - then entire products - stop making it all the way to customers.

This article is by Dave Girouard, CEO of personal finance startup Upstart, and former President of Google Enterprise Apps. He's well known for building Google's enterprise apps division into a $1B+ global business. Here he shares his tips for making speed fundamental to your company.

Few things are more motivating for quality salespeople than giving qualified reps a seat at the decision-making table. Especially when they've only been exposed to the " coin-operated" salesperson mindset, where their role is highlighted when they hit their numbers but otherwise marginalized.

In this interview with Ernie Miller, VP Engineering at nVisium, we discuss Humane Development - a development approach that prioritizes developer happiness and the human element of software development. We discuss what Humane Development is, its benefits and how to put it into practice.

RJFS videos are back! Woo! We return with a visual essay by Mr. Freddie Wong himself. Are computer generated visual effects really ruining movies? We believe that the reason we think all CG looks bad, is because we only see "bad" CG. Fantastic, beautiful, and wonderfully executed CG is everywhere - you just don't know it.

Animation is often considered to be expensive, but the reality is the costs involved fluctuate wildly across different media platforms and art styles. A small animated promo project can be very affordable when compared to feature film budgets, so to get a real understanding of typical price points let's take a look at a range of financial averages across the animation industry, including actual movie VFX budgets gleamed from dozens of hours of research.

It's pretty incredible how often you hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving, and they really do have something to complain about-few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out the door. Managers tend to blame their turnover problems on everything under the sun, while ignoring the crux of the matter: people don't leave jobs; they leave managers.

One of the common things we find in Enterprise organisations looking to move to a DevOps model is high levels of technical debt. To be more accurate, they are caught in the "vicious cycle of technical debt" to the point that trying to ship anything in a rapid, agile way is nearly impossible.

Are you REALLY doing #DevOps inside your organisation?We've spoken about the 8 pre-requisites for DevOps before but today we'd like to propose a very quick "litmus test" to see if you're really aligning your organisation with key #DevOps principles and not just doing infrastructure and release automation with a DevOps whitewash.These 3 questions have been...

When doing the research for our BrightTalk Webinar on DevOps I came across this quote from Jez Humble on "products not projects", which really struck a chord with our thinking about what we call the "product-centric" approach to DevOps. Figure 1 - DevOpsGuys BrightTalk Webinar One of the key elements of DevOps is to ensure...

Los Angeles has a rich culinary history, due to the waves of immigrants who settled in Southern California and brought their food traditions with them. The restaurants they opened can tell us a lot about how people use food to shape their own identities of community, culture and class.

From our experience of working on Node.js projects, we've established a common set of development libraries and services that help a great deal with building those projects, and we though it would be good to share them.

One morning in March 2012, GlaxoSmithKline engineer Shaun Glover visited the McLaren Technology Group headquarters in Woking, Surrey. A year earlier, McLaren's CEO and founder Ron Dennis and Andrew Witty, the CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, had signed a partnership deal.

This is the end, beautiful friend - 10:22 AM on March 12, 2015 I never thought this whole tech journalism gig would turn me into a mass murderer. Yet here I am, with the blood of six SSDs on my hands, and that's not even the half of it.

"The world economy is like an ocean liner without life boats." - Senior HSBC economist, Stephen King. What Happens When a Dragon Flaps its Wings? Have you ever heard of the butterfly effect? It's the idea in chaos theory that small events in a complex system can result in big changes over time.

JAWS: The Server-less Application Stack - Uses bleeding-edge AWS services to redefine how to build massively scalable (and cheap) apps!

Those who know me well know I am a voracious reader. From newspapers and magazines to business related books and novels it's a rare site to find me without my Kindle or some type of printed reading material.

Every day, Chris Holmberg tries to put himself out of business. As an executive coach for nearly two decades, he's worked with leaders of tiny startups and multinational corporations alike. But the core of his practice remains pretty counterintuitive: There's no solution. No secret sauce.

"If only I could have learned Spanish a few years ago...""If only I learned about If only. when I was still in my early twenties..." For many of us, there are more things we want to learn than we have time.

I visited Google a few weeks ago and, after almost getting arrested, my mind was blown. First, Claudia wandered into the garage where they were actually ...

Taking a wide angled shot of high intensity portfolios, aside from their activism, I see almost a studied aversion to the top 25 names in the S&P 500 Index. Few show interest in Google, Amazon, even Microsoft as a turnaround. Bank investment falls on deaf ears. By sectors - energy [...]

Although I very rarely use floats nowadays, there are certain specific circumstances in which they are the only viable solution. In these rare cases, I find myself getting frustrated because they don't work in the way I think they should. So I decided to look into the rules that govern the behaviour of floats, and how to properly use them.

If you are doing your final post finishing in 2048×1152, you are actually hurting your picture, and you should stop at once. Here's why. Juggling your post finishing rasters has always been a mild pain. To wit: HD masters are 1920x1080 DCI "Scope" is 2048×858 DCI "Flat" is 1998x1080 DCI "Full Container" is 2048x1080 Did you notice anything there?

The cattle has to be round up. Complaining about the weather or going without sleep for 16 hours isn't going to do it. So clench your teeth and get the work done. That's the grit needed to be a cowboy. But I'm a lot less sure that grit is such a positive trait in other professions, particularly ...