Leverage in software development

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Left hand cranking black lever
Photo by Florian Olivo on Unsplash

To apply leverage to software development:

  • Instead of building on AWS, use a PaaS like Heroku.
  • Instead of creating a custom app, use a framework like Next.js.
  • Instead of styling from scratch, use a design system like Material UI.
  • Instead of architecting a CMS, use an open source or paid alternative like WordPress.
  • Instead of writing security functions, use a battle-tested module like Auth0.

With leverage, you increase feedback loops but give up control. It’s more valuable when working with small teams trying to move fast.

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