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Get Your Bug Backlog to Zero Using Simple Time Management Principles

Bugs. They’re the bane of your existence, aren’t they? Over the last few years, I’ve finally gotten to a point where I’m happy with how my team is dealing with bugs. We’re spending less time in the bug database and more time fixing bugs.

So I decided to spread the word to help others.

Engineering processes: How to bootstrap good process in your startup

Ok, so you’ve got a small technology company and you’ve hit that threshold of about 4 people where it becomes glaringly obvious that you need to institute some process. Or perhaps your engineering team is smaller than that, but you realize that if you don’t spent at least a minimal amount of time on planning your work, you’re going to spend a lot more time doing the wrong work, the less important work, or delivering the wrong thing.

This article will help you bootstrap some minimal processes that will enable you to be much more effective. It should be enough to carry you to the point that you have to split engineering into multiple groups at about 10-20 people.