Hi! I'm William Pietri. I am a developer, entrepreneur, leader, and writer. I have spent more than a decade studying and practicing various Agile software development methods, and am now very involved in the Lean Startup movement.
I live in San Francisco and I am looking for something interesting to spend the next few years on, most likely as a CTO, VP of Engineering, or technical co-founder. I'm looking for an ambitious, impact-focused outfit with good people. Got a suggestion? Get in touch!
About me and my work
I participate in various nerdy forums, including the Lean Startup Circle and Balanced Team mailing lists. In the past I have been active on Wikipedia (where I was voted an administrator), Stack Overflow (4 gold badges) and Quora (Top Writer 2013 and 2014).
Some of my popular posts include
- my top 10 signs of startup failure,
- telling managers why wanting programmers to work longer weeks is foolish,
- a list of great nerdy tourist stops in San Francisco,
- telling programmers why they really don't want to make themselves indispensable,
- exhorting people to avoid long feedback loops,
- and explaining why I think the Lean Startup approach has some advantages over the traditional "field of dreams" approach.
Selected talks and workshops include:
- April 2001: "High Tech Art" at the Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop, a talk on the technology behind the G7 Stock Puppets, a multi-ton data-driven artwork.
- August 2004: "UI Design as Part of an Agile Process", a joint workshop with Mike Kuniavsky at XP/Agile Universe
- August 2008: "Meshing Gears: Real-world examples of how design and development integrate—and fail to", presented at Agile 2008
- January 2009: "Long Bets", a talk at the Prediction Markets Summit on Long Bets and how we designed for maximum longevity
- May 2011: "Going the Distance: Building a Sustainable Startup", a talk on Lean Startup engineering and culture practices
- January 2013: "MVPs", a joint presentation on and clinic for Lean Startup MVPs
- August 2014: "Agile and Lean Roots", a talk at PARC on the relationship between Agile and Lean
- October 2014: "Agile Update: Is It For You?", part of an IEEE Panel on Agile methods; I took the position that people shouldn't "do Agile"
Slides are available on request.
People use social networks many different ways. I wouldn't want people to think me rude if I turn down an invitation to connect, so here's how I use them. Twitter is my general connect-with-the-public tool. Feel free to follow or at-message me on Twitter; I pay close attention to that. I use LinkedIn to keep track of people I have worked with and know well enough to recommend to others. I use Facebook for close personal friends, the kind of relationships where we'd attend each other's weddings. And you are always welcome to email me.