Do We Really Need To Build That?
Feature bloat is a real problem for all startups big and small. Staying focused requires the discipline to know when to say “no” even when feature creep feels absolutely necessary. That being said, there are circumstances when it is OK to diverge from your roadmap, and here’s how we think about it.Read more
Designing a Better Hiring Process
At Simon, transparency is a foundational value. As I articulated in my post on our remote culture, we believe that sharing more knowledge with all team members - like our burn, our revenues, our growth plans, and the rationale behind choices small and large - strengthens the organization.Read more
The Imperfect World of A/B Selection
Selecting users into A/B buckets is the core construct of any web-based experimentation platform. Yet building and designing an A/B selection algorithm is surprisingly difficult, and the process of bucketing users is far more complex than just flipping a coin or spinning a roulette wheel.Read more
Effective Communication in a Remote Engineering Setting
Engineering at Simon is a distributed operation. While remote teams come with many benefits, effective communication is critical, and we're constantly evaluating and re-evaluating the ways in which we talk with one other.Read more
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