Entries by matt

Hiring Innovators: Big HR Strikes Back

After my post the other day, a friend who does HR for a big financial shot me a note to say that they don’t want more junk applications, so they make the process deliberately painful. Which makes sense: strong inhibiting pressure against a weak promoting pressure will certainly prevent a behavior. The problem with that […]

Hiring Innovators 101

In the final stages of spinning down Churnless (January 1st, here we come), I’ve received a steady trickle of job offers for February, after I spend a month catching up on sleep and doing a whole lot of product advisement that I promised to various folks over the years.  But there are some companies I’d particularly love […]

Opposing Forces Theory

This is one of those posts that I’m mostly writing so that I can repetitively link to it whenever I use this construct, so I don’t have to keep explaining myself over and over. As such, it is one of the few posts that I’ll likely edit, so if you see changes, I’m just trying […]

Bugs (and how to talk about them)

This is potentially the greatest thing I’ve seen all week (partially because I’m currently facing a Mandelbug).  How a team handles bugs is a strong signal about its overall cohesiveness and quality, and for any product person, there is a lot of personality management that goes into bugfixing. Technically, a bug is a mistake.  But what […]

Entrepreneurship (the country music version)

You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away, know when to run. You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table, There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done. Oh, Kenny Rodgers (actually Don Schlitz, but whatever).  In the chorus of The […]