Author: moritz

on collaboration

there’s few terms that mean so much and so little at the same time. Given my last post was a little biased on the "get shit done" side of things, I felt it was good to write a bit about collaboration. I don’t mind collaboration, I think it’s absolute key to getting meaningful things done […]

call to action

Forget consensus. Scratch making compromises. Fuck alignment. Don’t attend that one call where twenty people with no skin in the game don’t say anything meaningful, anyway. Build a solution in half the time it would have taken to figure out the right group of stakeholders. Make it easy to rollback. Make it easier to deploy. […]

solve the problems you have

Let me take you along for some kind of thought experiment. What if you completely ignore any kind of architectural – or system design decision making in your next project and only do one thing: focus on the next problem you actually have, and solve that. So instead of planning how your piece of software […]

don’t add that button

We very recently bought a car. And I was surprised how many models are on the market that still use manual shifting. I know how to drive them, probably quite well even, but you couldn’t get me to buy one of those. The machine is just much better at shifting the gears up and down […]

the editor of no regret

So, I’m a person that’s rather sceptical of my own results and output. Vey often, I start writing a post or a tweet, and then just backspace the whole thought into oblivion, kind of self-regulating me to a silly extent. While I should probably go on and discuss that with my therapist, I found a […]

Decisions

Take a random situation, some every day scene – and make a decision. I feel that kids are born with the ability to just decide, at least that’s my take away when watching my kids making countless decisions each day. Vanilla or chocolate, Bicycle or Football, Indoor or Outdoor. There’s not as much deliberation and […]

Tools

Tools. So important. Imagine someone picks up woodworking and asks himself: What tool should I get? A hammer? A saw? Screwdriver maybe? The first answer is, probably, that it depends. The second answer is that you’ll likely need all of them on your journey. And someone else will probably throw in that if the only […]

the goldfish engineering experience

This is me being cynical. I’ve turned into a person that is more prone to disliking building new flashy things, and rather suggests to leverage existing things. Good engineering organisations don’t measure success by looking at the amount of things built, but by the value created. Two incredibly different things. One thing I find remarkable […]

how to bias to action

Without getting to hooked up on how you specifically call it, most organisations I’ve worked for had some notion of the idea of “bias to action”. Whether it was “get shit done”, “JFDI” (for just f**** do it) or “done is better than perfect”, the idea is pretty much the same – you want to […]

being adaptable

The only constant is change. Generally true, even more so in software engineering. Shit changes all the time. Requirements, Milestones, Team Compositions, Technologies, Best Practices. Nothing is static. That’s probably the reason why I’m so intent on leading my teams to a state where they are primarily really good at adapting to change – regardless […]