Matt Thogerson's Blog

When to Refactor: A Case for Quality

Software, like all things in life, decays, mutates, and grows old. Much like the barnacles that sprout across the belly of a ship, the slow creep of destructive rust on a tractor, the corrosion of metals in kinetic machinery, or the gradual degradation of your cells' ability to repair themselves — software gets old. In the world of software, we call this technical debt. 

By Matt Thogerson, Product Manager
October 8, 2018

Evaluating and Choosing A/B Testing Services

One of the first documented A/B tests was run by Google nearly 18 years ago as a spearpoint test into the world of web performance optimization. The test ultimately glitched due to slow load times. (Nice to know that even Google isn’t infallible!)

By Matt Thogerson, Product Manager
September 5, 2018

The Marriage Retrospective

In popular culture and societal norms there is little space within romantic relationships to air your grievances about your partner. Or, if you do have a “safe” space to share things with your partner about the relationship — that you need couples counseling or a referee. But I’d argue that Agile methodology — that most versatile framework for product development — can even help when it comes to marital happiness. 

By Matt Thogerson, Product Manager
February 21, 2018

Momento Mori

In April of 2017 I put a widget on my phone that reminds me that I’m going to die. This is how it improved my life. 

A long time ago I learned about the concept of Momento Mori. It’s a simple phrase that is held up by the trussing of history and hardened by philosophy. It means: “Remember that you must die." 

By Matt Thogerson, Product Manager
October 31, 2017

Agile Everything

Chaos is a major pain in the ass. Yes, it can be invigorating, challenging, and propel you in your life or career — but I’ll be the first to admit that it’s extremely hard to appreciate chaos for its creative and life-affirming capabilities when your life feels like it’s careening out of control like a clumsy puppy.  

By Matt Thogerson, Product Manager
June 24, 2017

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