I spent $15 in DALL·E 2 credits creating this AI image and here’s what I learned
AI is here. I haven’t been that amazed with technologies since I wrote my first POKE on a VIC20 to change the color or see the speed of an Acorn Archimedes. I’m blown away by the images created by the AI. Just add “looks like a studio Ghibli image, and it does. It’s happening, AI is beyond the tipping point and the results of image generation are amazing. If you do not have a person in your department thinking 100% of her time about how to apply AI to your business model, you’re too late already, speed up!
And another one “I replaced all our blog thumbnails using DALL·E 2 for $45: here’s what I learned”:
How to present to executives.
This one is for engineers, but I so often see CTOs struggle to present to other executives and get what they want. So this is important for you too. For more success and that you get the things you need for your job.
Why your daily stand-ups don’t work and how to fix them
I’m a huge fan of daily standups. In the startup of my wife, everyone did them (marketing, sales, everyone). When I’m in a hiring crisis, my to-go method is to have 5-min daily hiring standups with everyone involved in hiring, which works miracles. And standups create a constant pressure to deliver, something startups, that are always on the brink of failure, need. But I do agree that most standups are done wrong. Some ideas to make them better. Focus on alignment, not status.
Do you need to know how Redis works as a CTO? No. Recently I discussed development performance with a coachee - a topic that often arises. There are open source projects with good documentation, bad documentation, and company projects with no documentation. From my coder’s perspective, the difference between an easy and a hard library is the quality of documentation. But still, internal documentation is very bad and makes understanding internal APIs, code, and use cases often very difficult. Work on better (not the wrong one!) documentation for more performance of your dev teams.
To Become Wise, Do Less! The next time the CEO busts you because developers are playing ⚽ table soccer, cite this article. Typing is not the problem of productivity, creativity is the name of the game to have an impact on a company. One of the challenges of the CTO is that people outside development don’t see it as a creative activity, but think productivity comes from typing faster. https://leveragethoughts.substack.com/p/to-become-wise-do-less