Karl Hughes

Technology team builder and startup enthusiast
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I first published this post in May, 2015, but Clean Code is timeless. If you're new to programming, read it because it's a great primer. If you're experienced in programming,

When I first published this in April, 2015, we were trying to obsessively estimate our projects at Packback. Looking back, this was premature. The truth is, we should have simply

Two years ago I read Peopleware for the first time and wrote this blog post. That book was the most inspiring engineering leadership material I had read, and it's still

I first started using Trello and published this post in January, 2015, and since then I've used Trello exclusively as my engineering team's project management system and my personal to-do

It's time for New Year's Resolutions, which means it's time for at least 127,000,000 people in America to set a goal that they will ultimately fail. Only 8% of New

I am currently, and was when I wrote this post, a startup employee, and not a founder. Because of this, my advice here comes more from the perspective of the

Every year it gets harder and harder not to fall into the trap of buying more stuff. I first published this in November, 2014 when I didn't even have a

Since publishing this post in October, 2014 I've taught or guest lectured at several of Chicago's developer training programs including Dev Bootcamp, General Assembly, Fullstack Academy, and (now defunct) Startup

When I first published this post in October, 2014 all of us on the leadership team at Packback were new at management. We sort of took our own approach to

When I first wrote this in September, 2014 I was just a few months in at Packback, a company founded to upset the ancient college textbook market. Packback has since

When I wrote this in September, 2014 I was managing an offshore dev team for the first time, but almost every business I have worked with before and since has

I first published this piece in August, 2014 to some acclaim on Hacker News. Since then, I've joined another startup, seen a few million dollars more raised, and these myths

With everyone talking about automation and the widespread job loss that it may lead to, making yourself indispensable is more important than ever. I was naive when I wrote this

April 3, 2017

I first wrote about my quarterly contact list in August, 2013, but I started following this pattern at least a year or two before that. Since then, my list of

When I first published this post in June, 2014, I was just starting to manage a couple engineers. Interestingly, I've only seen this idea get more true as I've hired

Back in 2013 I needed a list of all the colleges in the US. The best I could find was this. The list seemed complete (there are about 9000 colleges

I first published this post in February, 2015 when I was just getting back into running after about five years of completely slacking off. Since then I've been pretty consistent

This is a short excerpt from an online book I'm currently writing called CTO Patterns. The book-to-be is full of advice for building and managing engineering teams at startups. Some

I quit eating meat in the summer of 2013, when I first published this article. In 2017, I've loosened up a bit - I now occasionally eat fish - but

When I wrote this back in December, 2012 I had a lot less money than I do now. I lived on the floor of a 300 square foot apartment, and