The Programming Butler

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Intention vs Perception

It is interesting to study the gap between the intention of communication and the perception of communication in the context of leadership. "We're going to do X going forward" can be interpreted as "You're doing a crappy job at Y so we're going to try X now" or "We decided that it is better to do X instead of Y because we had a meeting you weren't invited to since we don't really value your opinion" and the list of interpretations goes on. continue reading

posted November 23, 2014 by Hoyt

Deliberate Iteration

I've never been good at New Years resolutions but this year has been different. Starting the year I decided to iterate on life in a much more deliberate way. Here are the results. continue reading

posted May 22, 2014 by Hoyt

Robots can do support too

GitHub launched the Atom beta this week and the response has been great. As the first day was winding down a coworker suggested we write an FAQ and add a robot to answer the frequently asked questions in the irc channel where people were congregating. Here's how we taught hubot to do support. continue reading

posted February 28, 2014 by Hoyt

Sleep Apnea Survivor

Almost two years ago a friend and my wife saved my life. They got me to go see a doctor because my sleep was a mix of bone rattling snores, deathly silence, and gasps for air. If this sounds like someone you know, help save a life. continue reading

posted February 13, 2014 by Hoyt

New Team and Lessons Learned

The past few months I have been building a new team at GitHub focused on solving problems for our business teams. Here are a few valuable lessons we learned along the way. continue reading

posted September 16, 2013 by Hoyt


We just finished shipping a six month long milestone on one of our support tools at GitHub. One lesson I learned along the way was focus. continue reading

posted September 7, 2012 by Hoyt

My Trip to Verona

As my plane broke through the clouds, descending into Verona, my eyes were met with seemingly endless farm land, a patchwork quilt, broken up by small patches of trees and wandering erratic roads. continue reading

posted May 19, 2012 by Hoyt