In a startup, as in any adventure, one needs to raise one’s head toward the horizon once in a while to ensure that one is still headed in the right direction. Well-run companies typically hold quarterly executive off-sites, and at least once per year, the product road map is refreshed.
This is the perfect impetus to refresh everything in engineering: technology stack, tools, methodology, team and employee roles. Technology, tools or processes that used to work may become inadequate, or even break, as the company grows. A well-executed yearly review will identify the key challenges and opportunities for the following year, and thus allow you to identify the key decisions to be made inside engineering and to prepare for these decisions.
To read more, please see Bernard’s piece on Forbes.com
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