50 Word README

Manager READMEs have been an on-again, off-again thing over the last few years. The negatives are mainly because the author can’t see their own weaknesses and over-values their strengths. Many readmes are long and rambling. Mike Crittenden suggests, instead, writing a 50-word personal readme:

You get 50 words, that’s it. It’s a forcing function to kill the fluff and decide what people must know about you.

What might I write? How about:

  • Written over verbal
  • Long-term over short-term
  • I offer trust first
  • Don’t lie to me
  • Bad news doesn’t age well
  • Team over individual
  • Remote-first
  • We’re professionals and adults

Well, that’s 30 words for now, anyway.

Written on June 15, 2022