April 8, 2012
Rspec was, maybe MiniTest now. Funny, I've never had a CTO over me who could answer this! Rspec is expressive, encourages DRY usage patterns, and make prototyping object or class interfaces easy.
Growing a team at a controlled pace, retaining talent, good coffee!
Bootstrapping a tech team's workflow and habits, effective techniques for working with distributed teams.
Git. Fast, free, powerful in it's simplicity. A great branching model and true distributed workflow are both built on that solid base. I think Git is one of the most important tools programmers have been given in the last ten years. The history of it's creation should be an inspiration to any developer, to boot.
Bootstrapping developer with a tech career in startups.