Issue #163, 8th January 2016

This Week's Favorite


5 Things Every Employee Should Ask Their CEO
3 minutes read.

Great list of questions you can use to better understand your CEO when joining a new startup. I find them to be interesting also when being interviewed by other leaders in the organization, to see how different people see the direction the company is heading to.

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Culture


Trying to Fix a Bug in Production
1 minutes read.

I swear that this is often how our day looks like as engineers. My humble effort to help you start the weekend with a smile on your face.

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Lessons From the Battlefield: Scaling an Engineering Organization in Silicon Valley
5 minutes read.

Great lessons from the team at Yelp. I'm spending tremendous amount of my time figuring out how we can scale our team at Forter without suffering from the "hero syndrome" that Michael Stoppelman describes so well: "From 2007 - 2011, our operations team was running as most small organizations run: a couple of heroes save the day when the site goes down, they install all the packages, handle new hardware orders, add bandwidth -- essentially, they do it all. This doesn’t scale well as you get to 100+ engineers. The heroes get overwhelmed with the demands of the bigger organization and communication breaks down."

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Why Can’t Programmers Be More Like Ants? Or a Lesson in Stigmergy
5 minutes read.

This post made me think a lot about the patterns, practices and the way we organize and communicate our code. Interesting way to challenge your process and have a discussion with your teammates, on the benefits (and downsides) it might add to the team's dynamics.

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Things You Should Know About Stock Options Before Negotiating an Offer
6 minutes read.

This subject is so important, yet rarely being discussed by employers. If you are working in a startup, or thinking of joining one, this post covers a lot of the essential reading about stock options.

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Peopleware


Solve the Hard Problems
5 minutes read.

Drew McLellan will inspire you to start 2016 with the right energy! I don't know even what I liked best, Drew's advice on "Picking where to spend your time" and paying special attention to the audience and purpose being your writing both stroke a chord. Beautifully written!

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Reading List 2015 With My Reviews
8 minutes read.

Mathias Meyer shares an amazing list of books he read and reviewed. Not sure how Mathias is being able to read so much, but I've added 5 books to my list thanks to his great recommendations.

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Management Skills for New Leaders
6 minutes read.

"Treat all your staff as if they're volunteers... Listen to people, look after them. Don't try and do too much work as a manager – you're there to be a multiplier." -- this post made me smile while reading it. So many gems in it, and good lessons to share with new leaders in the organization.

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Inspiring Tweets


@caitie: The DevOps Version of the Non-Coding Architect Is the Non-Oncall Architect. Both Are Pretty Useless in My Opinion

@lindseybieda: Here's a Secret About Programming: It's Not How Fast You Write Code That Matters. In the End a Lot of It Comes Down to Communication.

- Oren

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