In the last7days series on this blog I’ll revisit interesting content from twitter from the last 7 days and I’ll add further comments or responses to feedback which I got. The list will have about 3-5 pieces of content to keep it crisp and I hope you like what you see!

1) Great teams focus on milestones not on projects by @JadeRubick

In the article Jade mentions the special complications, which come with the fact that management sin software companies ometimes wants things driven as projects, especially with a fixed timeline, until when everything has to be finished.

In my team @SAP we have now considerable experience with agile practices, however sometimes I cannot avoid that things get pushed on us in the form of projects. It’s even more difficult when your team is supposed to take part in a project with other teams, where every teams follows slightly different work procedures - with a differing degree of agility according to Scrum.

In reality we try to avoid these scenarios if there is something, which we as a team can deliver on our own.

Jade’s post is very worth to be read, special focus is put on why effort estimations in general and in IT are difficult and error-prone.

2) Hunting technical debt by orgcharts by @bellmar

In this article Marianne highlights the different organization characteristics (in the sense of where an IT/software development function is reporting to) and compares which kind of technical debt the org setup most lkiley creates.

3) European alternatives for digital products by @eu_alternatives

The website Home | European Alternatives lists alternatives to other, mostly US-based cloud services, which fully comply with european digital sovereignty. At the moment it looks like a catalog, where everyone can self-register his/her product.

It is good to see this self-organization and I hope it pushes european software products to be also usability and featurewise on parity with the respective market leaders. Being hosted in Europe and GDPR compliant does not make an unusable product better.

4) “I started a paper website business” by @tinyprojectsdev

This is a fascinating case study, where revolves around capturing text from a notebook to have it then converted to a mini webpage, which also gets immediately hosted.

From a product point of view this has a very nice touch of serving a need on the analog/digital divide. What makes this article worth is the report about how he found initial users, got traction on the product and built a minimal technical solution, which executes the main function of his product.

I am happy to get feedback from you!