Scott Penrose

Core Values

Scott is an expert software developer with over 30 years experience, specialising in education, automation and remote data.

This article has some reasonable core values:

(NOTE: This text copied from URL above, not mine)

  • Working longer is not working harder. Go home.
  • 40 hours includes the commute.
  • Resist the urge to call a meeting.
  • Consensus is bullshit. Do what’s best for the company.
  • We will not ship shit.
  • If it’s hard to use, it hurts the product, the company, and our reputation.
  • You will do customer service for the products you create.
  • We will work in public. Our code, our designs, and our ideas are not our business. We are our business. Our products are our business. Customers are our business.
  • People are expensive. We will strive to keep individuals working for the customer, and not on the business.
  • Efficiency is everything. We will remove obstructions.
  • We will not celebrate. Every day will be awesome, or we stop what we’re doing and make it awesome. Cake is for gazelles, and we are lions.
  • We will enjoy our work, our products, and our lives. We will make work awesome.
  • We will be lean. We will NOT ignore problems, and we will swarm when issues arise.
  • You are an adult. You will manage your own machine and tools.

I think this list is very reasonable however there is one I am against. "We will not celebrate". This is quite wrong. One of the most important things in a creative environment is closure. There should be an end point. This end point might be a release, maybe even as often as 2 weeks, or maybe 6 weeks. But at that point, when that project, feature, or release is complete you should most definitely celebrate.

One note in particular above - "You are an adult. You will manage your own machine and tools" - WHY do companies think it is a good idea to take over.