Secrets of a Software Startup
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Secrets of a Software Startup

A Non-Tech Founder's Guide to Assembling and Automating a Software Startup

About the Book

There are many myths about developing software and there are many levels and dimensions of experience. Software... it can be calculatingly ruthless and clinical, it can be art, it can be so exciting you stay awake into the small hours of the night and not notice, it can be so boring that you are struggling to stay awake at work at 3pm like a strung out junkie who just got his first hit in 4 days, you can be learning from a mad eastern european rocket scientist one day and teaching some punk kid the next, arguing about whether to use tabs or spaces for intentation formatting, then trying to sneak a pull request through without any unit tests the next. There are so many interesting personalities in software development, it's like going to the zoo. “You know what they say? Good at chess, bad at life.” Some developers are brilliant at programming but hopeless at life. Some are experts in very specific areas and know absolutely zero about other areas. There are many different disciplines within software, but to the average person, its all just IT. A bit like when people assume that all lawyers are making great speeches in court rooms all day long, or make no distinction between a dentist and surgeon, or an architect and a builder. Hopefully this book will help you recognise the distinctions just in so far as you need and dispel the myths and assumptions that the layperson will make about software developers. In the end, by gaining an insight into their world you will better understand software development and thus be able to work more efficiently with developers. And this can only give your idea it's best possible chance at success.

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Table of Contents

  • Who is this book for?
  • Part 1: Assemble
  • The Quality Triangle
    • Ditch the Prototype
    • Fast, Cheap and Quality… choose two
    • An Insurance Policy
    • Technical Debt
  • Hiring Developers
    • Attract the Best
    • Reject them
  • Hiring Designers
    • Do I really need a Designer?
    • What to look for in a Designer
  • Hiring Testers
    • What to look for in a tester
    • Use your users
  • Hiring a Product Owner

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