A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. At Octane Software, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending our talent and energy on what’s important.
It means getting rid of many of the things you normally do so you have more time to focus on challenging projects that really make a difference. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value. This manifesto outlines our core beliefs in everything we do.
- Do what you love and do it often. When you focus your talents and energy doing things you’re really good at or have a natural inclination for, you’re more likely to succeed at whatever it is you’re working on. You’re not fighting tooth and nail to stay motivated and focused. If you feel shackled to your day job, maybe it’s time to determine whether the grass really is green on the other side.
- If you don’t like something, change it. We love technology but found office politics and the overhead of going through multiple teams in large enterprises to deploy simple code lacking satisfaction. So we started this company as a form of therapy from our day jobs. It’s a place where we can see something that bothers us, and change it to fit our perception of the way things should be.
- Simplify work tasks. Our work day is made up of an endless list of work tasks. If you simply try to knock off all the tasks on your to-do list, you’ll never get everything done, and worse yet, you’ll never get the important stuff done. Focus on the essential tasks and eliminate the rest.
- Learn to say no. If you can’t say no, you will take on too much. We aren’t trying to do business with everyone, just those who believe what we believe.
- Do what you love. Be sure to spend any extra time doing things you love.
- Spend time with people you love. Whether those people are a spouse, a partner, children, parents, other family, best friends, or whoever, find time to do things with them, talk to them, be intimate with them (not necessarily in sexual ways).
- Go for quality, not quantity. When we build and launch new products and services, we don’t build every bell and whistle possible to cater to every person that might use it… instead, we focus on solving a problem and doing it really well with technology.
- Always ask: Will the product I’m building have an impact on someone’s life? If the answer is no, reconsider. Life is too short to spend it programming huge piles of code on a project you don’t believe in.