Throwing away working code

It’s a tough call to make, but sometimes the best thing for a business to do is to throw away working code if it’s not what the business needs to be successful right now. Eric Ries wrote an insightful post back in February 2009. Lessons Learned: Throwing away working code. A business which is not …

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Two good videos

Monday was a bank holiday, so I found a little time to catch up with some of the web videos in my queue. First I watched an inspiring session from TechCrunch Nordic which likens achieving an “exit” for a startup company to dating. Fun, and with a strand of truth. TechCrunch Nordic – Tommy Ahlers …

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Kent Beck on Agile and Lean for startups. A must-watch video

Kent Beck, rightly well-known for Extreme programming, Test-Driven Development and jUnit gave a really thought-provoking talk at the Startup Lessons Learned Conference in San Francisco on April 23, 2010. Watch live video from Startup Lessons Learned on Justin.tv If you are at all interested in software and/or startups, this is well worth a viewing. Via …

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The road to riches begins at the water cooler

Recently I have found myself getting quite cross with articles published by the British Computer Society (BCS), but at least they can provide interesting and useful stuff sometimes. Here are some transcripts of presentations about starting companies and venture capital in the UK, together with a summary of some discussions. The road to riches begins …

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Recasting Ed Zwick’s moviemaking rules for a startup software business

1. Remember to breathe. You’ve probably worked for two years to get to this moment, and there’s no guarantee you’ll ever get to do it again. You might as well enjoy it. 2. The computer is a Buddha. It sees the world as it is and does exactly what you tell it. It doesn’t implement …

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Strategy is Something You Can Learn

This is an inspiring article about ways to determine and implement business strategy. Best of all it’s in the context of starting and running a software business – in this case Mike Cannon-Brookes’ Atlassian. This is going in to my “don’t forget” collection, with “6 reasons why a VC funded startup failed” rebelutionary: Strategy is …

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