Issue #123, 3rd April 2015

This Week's Favorite


Sharing Our Software Development/Leadership Career Ladder
15 minutes read.

Drop everything and read this. If you ever find yourself trying to define the engineering ladder in your company this is an amazing resource! Print it, read it, share it and talk about it. It's that good.

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Culture


Hollywood vs Real Life: Computer Hackers.
1 minutes read.

As always, something to start the weekend with a huge smile on your face. I've asked my wife where she'd put me on that scale. I didn't like the answer.

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My Interviews With Airbnb, Dropbox, Posterous, Reddit, Weebly and Wufoo Circa 2010
205 minutes read.

We often see big companies and forget that they all started the same: passionate founders with a big dream and even a bigger drive. Great interviews with the founders of young companies at the time we all know today. I've downloaded all of the interviews and listened to them on my commute to work.

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Six Years at SoundCloud, Five Lessons Learned
7 minutes read.

David Noël shares some wonderful insights from his journey at SoundCloud. If there is one insight that I can fully relate to is "Hire (and develop) builders, not runners" -- this is the attitude you want in your company.

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Peopleware


Warming Up to the Manager’s Schedule
5 minutes read.

How well do you manage your own time as a manager? Trust me when I say that Danielle Morrill's post will get you thinking on how you want to block your calendar to better fit your goals.

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The Startup Guide to 1-On-1's
5 minutes read.

Josh Pigford from baremetrics provides a good framework and set of questions you can use when doing 1:1s. Even having these questions in your notebook can help to foster better conversations.

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Career Decisions
4 minutes read.

"Like a startup, it is best to think of your own career as a long term thing, rather than a set of short-term increments" -- share this great post by Elad Gil with people you care about their career path. It doesn't have to be people in the office, I have a lot of conversations with close friends who think of what should be their next step.

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Inspiring Tweets


@DrMajorMcCheese: Software Engineering Rule 0 Should Be Taught: The 1st Ver. Of Anything You Write Will Suck. The 2nd Ver. Will Take Less Time and Suck Less.

@dhh: Don't Ever Let Anyone Tell You What Success or Winning Takes or Requires. They're Extrapolating From Tea Leaves. Chart a Path Your Way.

- Oren

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