Episode 1: What is thoughtful software?

Billions of dollars a year if not more are lost on software projects that never come to fruition. A staggering amount of value lost for companies, individuals, and our economy. There is a better way. This is thoughtful software.

Show Notes

What is Thoughtful Software?

And How Can You Ship More Successful Projects?

  • Industry is broken
  • Caring more about profit than customers.
  • Need a craftsman-first approach.
  • Looking out for externalities and being mindful.
  • VC-funded startups
  • Most fail and we know this is going to happen.
  • Most fail because of poor product-market-fit and scale issues.
  • Product market fit happens when founders aren't thoughtful about their business and product(s).

High Quality Code and Other Issues (6:07)

6:07- Are there just too many subpar devs?

  • High quality code is hard.
  • There is so much complexity in modern frameworks and tool stacks.
  • Skiplist is built on the idea that we'll get the best minds in our network and we'll create a groundswell of incredible software.
  • Building the one thing everyone wants: simple, working software that customers love.

For the CTOs Listening In (9:57)

9:57- Thoughtful software isn't necessarily slower

  • To move fast, you have to move well; more methodically.
  • Too many companies build a POC and then end up throwing it away because it wasn't built with continuation in mind. What a waste.
  • Almost everyone has felt the pain of the BS in software development. No reason to be a light show. Creating tools of substance takes trust and thoughtful, hard work.
  • Communicating well with high trust is powerful and helps shape the foundations needed for successful software projects.

Are we Alone? (15:33)

15:33- Is anyone else building software this way?

  • There are many solid individual contributors; freelancers with values especially.
  • Bridgewater Associates led by Ray Dalio, for instance.
  • His book, Principles, is a tremendous work.
  • Look for values at the consulting company you're currently working with. These are important. Many don't adhere to a solid set of values.

The Tough Job of the Executive (18:18)

18:18- Navigating the industry to ensure the creation of incredible, thoughtful software

  • Get high-trust partners in place.
  • Don't work with people constantly trying to upsell or sling BS.
  • Due the diligence to make sure partners have achieved excellent results in previous projects.
  • [Slack commercial].
  • It's a great example of thoughtful software.
  • How we build thoughtful software at Skiplist
Build Thoughtful Software
Fahad Shoukat
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Fahad Shoukat

Fahad has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He brings over 15+ years in Business Development, Strategy, Sales, Product, and Marketing in various industries such as software development and Internet of Things (IoT). His experiences have led him on an unwavering pursuit to meet thoughtful people and build thoughtful software.