Issue #214, 30th December 2016

This Week's Favorite


I’m Learning to Code at 56. Here’s an Epic Beat-Down of My Critical Inner Self.
5 minutes read.

A must read for this weekend. Such an inspiring post to show it's never too late to try something new: "If by “fit in” you mean how do I become one of the bros? In that case, you’re right. I won’t fit in. At my current job, I show up every day knowing that somebody at work has something to teach me."

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Culture


When You Lie on Your Job Application but Still Get the Job.
1 minutes read.

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

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How We Structure Our Days as a Remote Team for Optimal Collaboration, Productivity and Creativity
5 minutes read.

Structuring your day as very little to do with being a remote employee, but the fact you don't arrive/leave the office at the same time does add some more need for planning. Great ideas and tools to barrow and experiment with at 2017.

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Why Time Management Is Ruining Our Lives
18 minutes read.

Long read that I really enjoyed, mostly due to its conclusion: time management is a people problem, not a technical problem, and people cannot be fixed. We have to think about ways to get people comfortable and safe, provide them with the relevant context for them to be successful, and be there to help them understand their own "good enough" metrics.

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Zappos Is Struggling With Holacracy Because Humans Aren’t Designed to Operate Like Software
5 minutes read.

Holacracy is a very interesting attempt to innovate around org structure. The post itself didn't renew anything about the pains of Holacracy, but the links provided there and the different views can be helpful for people who'd like to better understand the concepts behind it. Just like any system, there are good parts and bad parts, so use this post to learn just enough to barrow some of the good part.

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Peopleware


Leadership Lessons From a Dancing Guy (Video)
3 minutes read.

Three minutes of fun with a powerful message on being a great leader and more importantly, figuring out that the leader has very little to do with the success of a new movement: "When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in. "

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Resources for New Site Reliability Engineer
5 minutes read.

Tammy Butow (SRE at Dropbox) shares great resources for everyone who's interested in becoming a Site Reliability Engineer, or to take some of their skills to the next level. Share at the office, I'm sure some of the links there would benefit them.

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Founder Roles
4 minutes read.

Figuring out roles & responsibilities as co-founders of a startup is a difficult task, mostly as you need to adjust it as the company's needs change. Elad Gil shares an inside view into this transition at his startup, Color: "We thought about skipping a blog post about it as not much is really going to change at Color day-to-day, but in the end our spectacular CMO Katie Stanton convinced us that this could be good information to share as almost a "how to" for other entrepreneurs facing similar decision points." -- I took from this post the "characteristics" to judge their decisions on, and how they made the announcements work.

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Inspiring Tweets


@KentBeck: Being Proud of 100% Test Coverage Is Like Being Proud of Reading Every Word in the Newspaper. Some Are More Important Than Others.

@littleidea: What if Everyone Else Is an Imposter Too?

- Oren

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