Issue #181, 13th May 2016

This Week's Favorite


Lean Back to Look Forward
4 minutes read.

Great post by Netanel Lev. Figuring out a way to make sure your day starts on the right vibe, focusing on the long-term by shifting your mental mode, can be key to your leadership abilities: "The purpose of the experiment was to see if this method will change my work habits. I wanted to see if it can help me better control my day-to-day and most importantly help me improve my “thinking process”."

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Culture


This "50 Nerds of Grey" Is Even Better Than the Original
1 minutes read.

My humble effort to help you start the weekend with a smile on your face.

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The Minimalist Programmer
4 minutes read.

This observation is so powerful, and something we should aim for in our products and businesses: "I want my projects focused, and tidy. I want every line of code to be able to justify its existence, and work multiple jobs, too. I want the square footage to be as small as possible, without being cramped."

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How Should Deadlines Be Used in Software Engineering?
5 minutes read.

"Deadlines shouldn’t be set to force humans to do inhuman amounts of work. They should be used to set expectations externally and enable a sense of predictability for planning." -- Great post by Ryan Spraetz (Product at Keen IO) on using deadlines effectively. Deadlines are part of every Organization's API, so it's a skill worth mastering.

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When Product Culture Is Rotten: Can You Change Your Company's Culture?
4 minutes read.

“I liked everything you said, but what do you do if you’re at a company where product quality isn’t valued? How can I convince my CEO to care?” -- a question I get often when talking about subjects such as engineering culture (just replace product quality with architecture/technical-deb/tests etc.). Ken's reply, I'm afraid, is spot on. Also worth reading his recommended resources at the bottom of the post.

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Peopleware


Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
5 minutes read.

Every experienced candidate will interview you and your company just as much as you're interviewing them. If you're in the interviewee, looking to better understand if there is a strong fit here, you'd appreciate these questions by Randall Koutnik. I'm thinking to write a blog post answering these questions for the company I'm currently working for (Forter), so it would be transparent for future potential candidates.

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Intuition Busters (Video)
49 minutes read.

Ignore the minor audio glitches and enjoy this talk by Ronny Kohavi. If you enjoy math and riddles, and want to test your intuition, I highly recommend this one.

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Ask HN: If You Restarted Your Career, What Would You Do Differently?
8 minutes read.

"Don't ever stop coding, even for a fancy title like program manager... Writing software is very high leverage, and more meaningful than writing a lot of emails." -- wonderful thread on Hacker News that I thought you'd enjoy. Worth sharing with your teammates, as you can learn how to fix some of the problems you might have without losing them.

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Inspiring Tweets


@hunterwalk: Only Slow Moving Teams Worry About Competitors

@sama: What's the Most Important Non-Obvious Skill for Success? The Ability to Keep Believing in Your Own Ideas When Others Say They're Dumb

- Oren

P.S. Can you share this email? I'd love for more people to experiment and improve their company's culture.

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