Slamet Hendry

An Old Irish Blessing

May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam.

May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!


Product vs mission

A team's mission is not more important than the product that the team is building. But the mission is more important than introducing any product.

If we stumble upon a new product that has the potential to be a rainmaker, but it does not fit the mission, then a decision is needed.

  • Pivot (i.e. change the mission) or
  • Spin off (i.e. create a second team with a different mission) or
  • Shelf the product to pursue at another time or
  • Sell the product to another team / company

When a team launches a product that does not fit the mission, that means they have a different agenda that is more important than “the mission”. In other words, “the mission” has stopped being the team's mission.

Change the product or change the mission (or adjust both). One is not more important than the other, but the product should be the manifestation of the mission.


Kenneth Boulding

“Anyone who thinks you can have infinite growth on a finite planet is either a madman or an economist.”


Sherlock Holmes

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”


“Happiness lies not in having what we want, but wanting what we have.”

#quotes (I forgot where I read it)

Donald Knuth

“Programmers waste enormous amounts of time thinking about, or worrying about, the speed of noncritical parts of their programs, and these attempts at efficiency actually have a strong negative impact when debugging and maintenance are considered.

We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil. Yet we should not pass up our opportunities in that critical 3%.”

#quotes #design

Mebrahtom Keflezighi

“You know the coach only can get you ready for the starting line.”


Navin Chaddha

“Focus when you’re building a company. A startup die of indigestion, not starvation.”

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Andy Serwer

“I call it the Martian test. If you touched down fresh from Mars and could live anywhere, where would you pick?”


C.A.R. Hoare

“The most important property of a program is whether it accomplishes the intention of its user.”

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