May 18th, 2021 — A haiku
The Agile Backlog: Where ideas go to die, Even the good ones. Demotivating, All that stuff you will not do. Let’s stop pretending. Grooming is futile. Rarely will you find a gem In your list of stuff. But that idea, The one that is amazing. It will resurface. Do not...Read this post
May 17th, 2021 — Hire good people and get out of their way.
Our product manager, Alisa, pulled the andon cord. “We aren’t going to ship this on time if we don’t change something.” She was right — the single most important thing we should be working on wasn’t getting the attention it needed. In our decentralized organization it can be challenging to...Read this post
May 10th, 2021 — Three thousand deploys a year isn't just a vanity metric.
Velocity: the heart and soul of how Drip operates. Drip’s Product Machine, very intentionally, optimizes for velocity. Not in the “move fast and break things” sense, but as the foundational strategy to realize our culture: one that values organizational learning and extreme ownership. This post will give you a sense...Read this post
Apr 29th, 2021 — Our shiny new .gold domain
Drip ships gold. Always has, always will. But the Drip product machine blog hasn’t always been found at DripShips.gold. In our earliest incarnation, DripShip.io was the chosen domain name. Ready, set, ship! After our inaugural post, we were educated on the problematic nature of the popular .io domain name by...Read this post
Apr 26th, 2021
At Drip, we are inspired by experts before us. Including 37 Signals. But no one said it better than Huxley when he stated: Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World So… while what we value may...Read this post
Apr 2nd, 2021 — A story about why (and a little bit of how) we adopted Kanban.
Leading into early 2020 we were doing what we called Scrum-Lite. Although, to be pedantic, it was closer to elements of XP repackaged with more-familiar Scrum terminology. Our (only) ceremonies were daily standups (with dev + product + design), and weekly iterations and demos. We didn’t carry a backlog, which...Read this post
Apr 1st, 2021 — Our Maiden Voyage
Welcome to the Drip Product Machine. What’s a Product Machine? It’s one of three parts of the organizational model we use at Drip, described best by one of our investors. At Drip the Product Machine is comprised of Engineering, Design, and Product Management and is responsible for delivering the product....Read this post