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The Limits of Company Values:

Every value we had articulated came with an “anti-value” of something else — a bias towards one side of a pole, and a push-against the other. Thus is the nature of values — for example, valuing “adaptability” means we’re de-valuing whatever we think of as its opposite. Yet while we often think of this opposite negatively (e.g. “rigidity”), the same energy we’re rejecting can come out with a useful expression as well (e.g. “stability”).

The flow fallacy:

the goal of commercial software development isn’t to create code you love—it’s to create products your customers will love.

Tear It Down:

There are three leaders. I’m going to describe these three archetypes in a hypothetical large company, but I believe aspects of them exist in all groups of people working together on a collective goal.

Medium’s metric that matters: Total Time Reading:

I sometimes characterize Medium as content matchmaking: we want people to write, and others to read, great posts. It’s two-sided: one can’t exist without the other. What is the core activity that connects the two sides? It’s reading. Readers don’t just view a page, or click an ad. They read.