Issue #223, 3rd March 2017

This Week's Favorite


Reading Comprehension Strategies: How to Retain More of Everything You Read
5 minutes read.

I've been reading a lot of books recently, and I'm still trying to improve my methods for extracting values from books rather than forgetting everything about it a few days after. Do you have this problem as well? This post by James Clear offers interesting ideas to capture value. What I found most effective for me is to mark pages, write on them, write at the end of the book and capture my thoughts on the page as I read, or use voice recorder if listening to audio books on my commute to work. I need to summarize my thoughts on my blog though, so I could come back to it one day and have it more organized.

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Culture


10 Amazing Dev Tweets I Wish I Had Come Up With
1 minutes read.

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

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Developer Differences: Makers vs Menders
5 minutes read.

"While it's true that there are many software developers who do enjoy starting with a clean slate, there is also a group who loves working on making existing applications better... Neither developer is better. Both are needed in the software world. You just need to understand when to use each one." -- I love this observation by Andrea Goulet, as often the groups cannot appreciate each other's craft and value. Without Makers startups would never start, without Menders startups would never grow up and become successful businesses.

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Stripe's Security Team Being A+ M8s
1 minutes read.

This package sent to CloudFlare's (had a serious data leak last week) security team by the Stripe's security team is a real class act. Sending some #secopshugs with some lovely cupcakes is how you win hearts. It shows a lot about Stripe's culture.

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If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work
5 minutes read.

"It’s not uncommon to hear people assert that it’s a bad idea to promote an engineer to lead other engineers, or an editor to lead other editors. A good manager doesn’t need technical expertise, this argument goes, but rather, a mix of qualities like charisma, organizational skills, and emotional intelligence. Those qualities do matter, but what our research suggests is that the oft-overlooked quality of having technical expertise also matters enormously." -- The reason you'd like your boss to be able to do your job, is that they can also challenge you and push you further in terms of personal growth. Building trust requires that level of confidence.

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Peopleware


What You Should Be Looking for in a Product Person
5 minutes read.

Uri Haramati with a blog post every PM out there (or someone who's looking to hire PMs) needs to read. I liked the 20 points approach for the different dimensions, as it serves as a good way to build the interview in order to really understand what drives the person.

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Mistakes You Apparently Just Have to Make Yourself as a Software Engineer
2 minutes read.

It's funny how you constantly want to smack your old-self for writing horrible code, or making a foolish decision. Share this question with your team: which mistakes you made what fall into that category of "I just had to do it"?

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Getting Out of the Way
4 minutes read.

Stripping out process where autonomy suffers is hard, even more so when projects are lagging behind. You want to feel more in control, yet the overhead increase and everything slow down instead of picking up: "There’s a corollary to the doctrine of getting out of the way. If our managing principle is trust and not control, then our people matter more than our processes do."

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Inspiring Tweets


@dbrady: The Older I Get, the Less I Care About Making Tech Decisions Right and the More I Care About Retaining the Ability to Change a Wrong One.

@danveloper: Parenting CAP Theorem: Consistent Sleep, Available Time, Peace and Quiet. Choose None.

- 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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