Issue #217, 20th January 2017

This Week's Favorite


The Most Important Thing Dropbox Did to Scale Product Management
5 minutes read.

Great framework to follow on how to set different phases for your product, and where you should get specific people involved and aim for specific type of feedback. I can see myself using it for our team, keeping the conversation focused on the right questions first.

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Culture


This Job Posting 👌
1 minutes read.

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

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Publicly Dogfooding Your Culture
4 minutes read.

This is golden: "I’m just a big fan of being open and transparent about a company. Everyone learns more. Your company is built on a stronger foundation. You can more easily adapt when things change by reexamining your positions over time. Write more, talk more, be more honest." -- Also, have a look at the link to GitLab handbook, an amazing resource to think about how to open source your culture, attract talent with explicit expectations and improve onboarding of new employees.

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When to Bring on a Management Team at Your Startup
5 minutes read.

Again, like the post on how to scale the product organization, having this framework of startup phase is helpful to figure out the right structure at the right time: "The secret to knowing whether it’s time to bring on an external hire -- or whether it’s time to promote someone internally -- is to look at the stage your company is in and see if your current managers have what it takes to get you to the next stage."

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What I Wish I'd Known About Equity Before Joining A Unicorn
5 minutes read.

Equity is always a gamble, and there is a big gap in knowledge that I believe people should know about. This post is packed with insights, and questions you should ask if you decide to make that decision of joining a private company for equity.

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Peopleware


On Better Meetings
4 minutes read.

Lara Hogan (Engineering Director at Etsy) with wonderful tips on how to run an effective meeting. Please read and read again "Before the meeting" as I feel this is often overlooked. It's too easy to "simply show up" and waste time for a large group of people: "If you aren’t proactive about making your meetings better, they’ll stay mediocre. If you aren’t proactive about canceling or iterating on meetings, they will stay on folks’ calendars for eternity. And if you really want to level up your game, say out loud to the people you work with what you’re doing to improve your meetings, so they might be inspired to do the same for their own"

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Are You Too Busy?
5 minutes read.

Work produces more work. A classic endless recursion. That is until the company shuts down, or you no longer there. Tom Bartel will make you think about your schedule, and the type of company you'd like to be a part of: "Organizations all over the world have been obsessed with efficiency for at least the last two decades... Nobody will blame you if you do not find the time to coach people, or to have discussions with your peer managers about the direction of your department or your organization. In a hurried environment, you would not impress anybody with that."

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Top 10 Tips for People Early in Their Careers by Mark Suster
2 minutes read.

Mark Suster's insights are always spot on. Advice #7, "Establish a network outside of the company", is something not many people do, and from my experience can be one of the biggest boosts in your ability to learn and gain emotional support.

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Inspiring Tweets


@simonsinek: The Best Ideas Are the Honest Ones. Ones Born Out of Personal Experience. Ones That Originated to Help a Few and Ended Up Helping Many.

@DanielleMorrill: 1: Why Is Human Life So Fragile? 2: Because God Is Connected to the World Through a VPN

- Oren

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