Learned Helplessness

I see fascinating levels of learned helplessness in so much software engineering articles/posts these days. Folks tripping over themselves to cede every bit of decision making to other parts of their businesses and make themselves into replaceable cogs. Deathly afraid to have to put their reputation behind a decision, more enamored with the quiet comfort of a scrum where they seldom have to worry about a customer or doing anything other than what the “business” explicitly asks for.

Building Teams Like You Give a Damn

Folks, if you’re not getting a good slate of talent it’s your fault. It is not hard for you as a hiring manager to send a note with a link to a job posting out to candidates that could be a good fit. Just because many recruiters/agencies take least effort path doesn’t mean you have to. $50/mo for the ability direct messages to a diverse talent market on a platform like LinkedIn should be either 1) expenseable and worth it or 2) not enough to worry about for anyone with hiring responsibilities.

Right Sizing Tech

We live in an era of scale. Most things in software have to be large to be interesting. We’ve seen the explosion of microservices, pipelines, and all sorts of other things. Those things can be great. But I cannot help but feel that growth in the number and complexity of the tools we use lead to many of us being too separated from the problems we’re trying to solve. Software, especially cloud-native software, has gotten to an amazing point where we can quickly build things in a weekend that would have taken months not too long ago.

Luma Has Been Acquired

Earlier this month Luma was acquired by Newell (Fortune #208). Our team will be joining First Alert, Newell’s security and safety division, to build connected products under the OneLink brand. I’m excited that all of the engineers and product managers on my team will be coming along to Newell to make sure that our fleet of Lumas continue to be well taken care of. We announced the first OneLink device that will include Luma’s software at CES last week, and I cannot wait to get it launched later this year.

Best in Design

This was the first time I was able to go to the Consumer Electronics Show, and it was an experience. Being able to see all the new products up close as they’re being announced to the world was awesome. There are some neat things out there, and the partnership conversations that happen inside of a single week are unbelievable. We’re on the right track with Luma. The connected home is exploding and people are going to need a way to secure and control their IoT devices, and their kids devices, more than ever.