Blog of Rob Galanakis (@robgalanakis)

Performance of remote vs. collocated teams

I saw a tweet the other week about remote teams having lower performance than colocated teams: It's not possible to not take a significant performance hit if you're not collocated. Remote if you must, but don't imagine that it's not costing both money and time to do that. —...

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Modern computing is fast

There was a bug I fixed that I was reminded of recently. It’s was small bug – a one line fix – and it didn’t take too long to track down, but it left an impression as to how fast modern computing is. We had some code in an...

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How to turn a team around in one easy step

My last four roles have all been “turn-around” scenarios. At CCP Games I had three: as Technical Art Director, I turned around a group that was struggling on executing basic tooling; as Technical Director I had to turn an entire engineering department that was writing an order of magnitude...

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The most important piece of advice I’ve ever gotten

In May 2010, I had been at BioWare for about 2 years, and was ready to quit. Actually, I had quit. My Art Director at the time set up a meeting between myself and Gordon Walton, a the General Manager for BioWare Austin. Despite of being at BioWare for...

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Working around process bandwidth bottlenecks

For most of my first year at Cozy, the engineering team was rebuilding the application. The UX and code we had was, hmmm, not good. It wasn’t serving our customers and wasn’t maintainable in any way. We were working as fast as we could to add enough functionality to...

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You’re probably not affirming your employees enough

I thought I was a good manager. I listened. I gave feedback. I mentored. I found solutions. I motivated and supported. People trusted me. The first time one of my reports told me that I needed to give more praise and affirmation, I thought perhaps they were being fragile....

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My Framework for Compensation

As CTO at Cozy, I came up with a framework for compensation that I was able to mostly apply to the engineering/ops/fraud teams, and tried to impart onto other groups though not always successfully. There are a few parts to this framework, but nothing about it is complicated. Some...

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Kauai vacation tips

My family (wife, 3 year old, 1 year old) completed a 2 week vacation to Kauai, Hawaii in April, but I never published this post… I figured I’d write up a few things we learned, hopefully it’ll help others planning a family vacation. First some random thoughts, then some...

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When advice turns out to be a mistake

I remember reading Clinton Keith’s “Agile Game Development” and getting to an anecdote about CCP Games, where I worked at the time. The following is from a Gamasutra repost of the book’s “Teams” chapter: In the fall of 2008, CCP undertook the development of its tenth expansion pack called...

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Linting pull requests

A couple weeks ago on Twitter, I joked about adding a way to bypass Cozy’s Pull Request linter by including #YOLO in the pull request description. It spawned an interesting discussion and a few people asked for more details about how the linter works. Some devs at @CozyCo said...

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