A Startup CTO’s Guide to Ops

May 11, 2017 | Newsletter

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This week: 7 types of technical debt, team dynamics that foster great work, a minimum starting point for ops, the tragedy of 100% code coverage.


communicate costs and business trade-offs by identifying technical debt


7 Distinct Types of Technical Debt

David Cottingham, a Product Director at Citrix, proposes that the term “Technical Debt” is too imprecise. By providing a more specific categorization we can communicate costs and business trade-offs more easily.


foster excellent work environments for engineering teams


What it looks like when an engineering team eats their vegetables

Duretti Hirpa, an Engineer at Slack, on they team dynamics that help people do their best work, and how to foster excellent working environments with minimal process.

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minimum starting point for ops infrasturcture


The Startup CTO’s Guide to Ops

Chuck Groom, previously the Head of Engineering at SurveyMonkey, serves up a three part series with a scrappy perspective, on what is a minimum decent starting point for infrastructure.

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software architect questioning the usefulness of unit tests


The tragedy of 100% code coverage

Daniel Lebrero, a software architect at IG Index, “For fifteen years I have been preaching TDD and unit tests. However, in recent times I have found myself saying more often, ‘Why did you write that test?’ instead of, ‘You should write a test’…”


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Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson is a co-founder at GitPrime where he leads design and customer experience. He is a Y Combinator alumni, with a background in product design, branding, and UX design. Follow @thebent on Twitter.

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