On Coding & Managing

No software engineering manager at a tech company should spend less than 30% of his or her time coding. Whether managing a team, a division, or all of engineering, when managers spend less than 30% of their time coding, they encounter a significant degradation in their ability to execute their responsibilities.

Engineering Managers Should Code 30% of Their Time

I can’t say if coding should take 10%, 30% or 50% of a manager’s time, but in order to stay relevant team leads should keep their skills sharp. It is a really tough thing, though, since there are so many things a manger is involved with. It is very easy to deprioritize coding, even more so when your team is talented.

On Getting Free Publicity on Black Friday

Amazon announced their crazy Drone delivery service on Sunday. Rumor has it that they’ve planned that announcement to coincide with the busy weekend of shopping and benefit from the generated chatter right in time for Cyber Monday.

Why did Amazon do that? The answer is free advertising. Even better: free advertising the night before the biggest e-commerce shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday.

How much was that free advertising worth? “60 Minutes” gave more than 15 minutes to its Amazon story. A 30-second spot during the 7 p.m. show usually costs just over $100,000. If you figure Amazon got 30 30-second commercials’ worth of time, you can estimate that it got about $3 million worth of “earned” media.

The Real Reason Amazon Announced Delivery Drones Last Night: $3 Million In Free Advertising On Cyber Monday

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On Gays Out-marketing The Church

“I think maybe we’ve been out-marketed, sometimes. We’ve been caricatured as being anti-gay. When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it’s a tough battle.” ~Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York

It’s a new world for PR.

On Advertising Taking Value Away

…Advertising today is more about interruption and intrusion than compelling narratives or a good laugh. We don’t add value. If anything, we take it away
~David Droga

Too many times this is true