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Keep an eye on how much your team can do

Keep an eye on how much your team can do

If you’ve managed Engineers or Designers, you probably relate when you it comes to understanding that not everything you’ve planned to do can be done.

That’s why it’s so important to think of what’s important and be willing to make the necessary tradeoffs. Here, good planning and an appreciation of what’s going to really drive the results you need as a team is important whether that be getting new customers or stopping customers leaving.

In Agile, there are things called Storypoints which are used and fun approaches such as Poker Planning to help do this. Whilst human beings are terrible at estimating I wouldn’t get too caught up in which method you use. The most important thing is to have a way to measure what your team can deliver within a fixed time period.

This should help you to be aware of when you’re adding that “1 extra button” or “design” that might mean you’re wasting more time and burning more cash

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💡Good to Know

  • Square has purchased Tidal for $297M and invited Jay Z up to the board. Interesting capital moments for Jay Z who also recently exited the LVMH deal. A lot of interesting discussion about what Square gets from this partnership and whether its a strong opportunity to create additional revenue for artistst. Link

  • Spotify is still pushing into podcasts and spoken word (better margin structure, exclusivity) despite what Joe Budden says. This week it announced creator-specific subscriptions and an ad network (a big gap for podcast creators), and a bunch of other tools. Link

  • British Airways have a number of engineering apprenticeships for young people and want more black people in these roles. Link

  • Kings of Leon experiment with selling ownership of limited-edition vinyl and front row seats to future concerts on the Blockchain. This could stop the resellers who ruin it for everyone. Link

  • Commercial accountant who supports startups shares about the minimal value added services. Link

  • Capital Enterprise launched TryTech to get 18 - 24 year olds into the tech space. Link

  • Y Combinator Announces Black Founder Directory Showcasing Founders Who Raised $570 Million. Link

🛠️ Low-Code Tools

  • Alternative to Loom with a generous free tier. Link

  • Another web scraping tool. Link

  • Another tool for you to try with your community. Link