Jeff Strickler

Category Archives: Business

Best Way to Hire Software Developers

I’ve been thinking about my experience as both a software developer and a hiring manager. Interviewing and hiring practices have become such a ridiculous game that there are books and sites dedicated to “cracking the code.” There are even companies outsourcing their interviewing to other companies because they feel they aren’t qualified to do it […]

How a 404 Can Bring Down Your Business

A major North American bank had a problem with its commercial loan application. The application was used by lenders to look up credit information about businesses, calculate rates, and process loans. At one point in the process, one of the pages would occasionally simply go blank. Rumor was that in some cases, if left open, […]

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Once upon a time I got an urgent call from a nationally known auto parts company. They described significant performance degradation in their online product catalog application, used in all of their stores. Upon arriving on site, meetings were held across the organization, representing all the stakeholders. This was all very normal, but I noticed […]

Villainous Heroes

An application breaks in the middle of the night, someone from your technical team rushes to the rescue. They are up all night performing incantations and miracles to minimize data loss and restore service to your users. They are the heroes of the hour, in some cases literally saving the company. Or are they the […]

Intellectual Property and Other Sundries

In working with startups / early-stage ventures, I’ve noticed a terrifying trend: complete lack of control over their own intellectual property. Examples included: Lack of controls over passwords and certificates Lack of knowledge about the location of servers and hosting Lack of access to source code / source control Lack of knowledge of build processes […]

Where do I put my App?

Amazon Web Services is a popular choice for technology infrastructure. With many free features available, especially in the first twelve months of establishing an account, it’s a tempting solution for early-stage ventures. Amazon is the established leader in cloud computing. Their services are excellent and cover a range of needs, from deployment to notifications. But […]

Product Management is Not Optional

Would you ask your lawyer for advice on customer segmentation? Would you ask your doctor how to price your product? Is your marketing team there to tell you whether to pick python for your next app? Then why are you asking your software developers to define your product, if they don’t represent your target customer […]

Call Me Maybe

I don’t want to join your Google Hangout. I don’t want to answer your Slack /call. I don’t want to accept your Skype meeting invite. I don’t want to be part of your Workspace By Facebook. I don’t want to install Zoom, or GotoMeeting, or WebEx, or, or Highfive, or LyteSpark, or BlueJeans, or […]

Developer Productivity

Before even leaving her bed, she reaches for her phone to review a dozen emails. On the bus on the way to the office, her phone rings with her boss asking for information he needs for a meeting later in the morning. Once at the office, her office mate, new to the company, catches her […]