Designing for Anxieties

Anxiety sucks. Sure, some of it’s okay, like when it helps us stay alive in moments of life or death. But beyond that it's generally terrible. Not only can it cause some serious health issues, it can affect our ability to think clearly and quickly, our ability to retain and recall information, our ability to progress in our goals, and it can paralyze us to the point of complete inaction.

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G1GC Fundamentals: Lessons from Taming Garbage Collection

HubSpot engineering is a Java shop invested heavily in microservices and continuous deployment. Java is not only used to run our thousands of deployables, but also our queues (Kafka) and Big Data solution (HBase). Keeping all these JVMs performant while providing a good user experience has forced us to dig deep into Garbage Collection (GC), particularly the Garbage First Garbage Collector (G1GC).

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Becoming a Tech Lead: How I've Balanced Coding with Coaching

In an engineering organization with many small teams, it’s important to develop technical leaders who can be both successful engineers and effective mentors. Depending on the company, team, or person, there’s a lot of variation in what that looks like in practice. At HubSpot, our definition of a tech lead (TL) clearly states: They should spend most of their time on the product, not on people.

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What the Best Product Manager Candidates Say During an Interview

Whether you’re trying to break into the world of product management or have been part of it for years, interviewing for a product manager role is hard. There’s no one right answer to any question because there’s no one right way to do product management. The skills and perspectives that would make you a great PM at one organization might not translate at others. But there’s one thing that is true across the board and that’s that preparation can make or break an interview.

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Crushing Code...and Expectations of Women in Tech

"There is a profound joy in surprising those who underestimated you." Our co-founder tweeted that last week and like any Justin Bieber song, it's been stuck in my head ever since. I couldn't figure out why it struck such a chord at first. Then it hit me: Surprising people who underestimate me is my favorite thing about being a woman in tech.

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The 5 Whys Of Feature Bloat

It seems that just about everyone knows that a product that is a large heap of stinkin’ features is a Not Great Thing. There are hundreds of articles written on the topic of good product management and why it’s so important to fight the good fight against feature bloat. 

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