Issue #235, 26th May 2017

This Week's Favorite


Kelsey Hightower DevOps Days Keynote on His Personal Life Story
25 minutes read.

Kelsey Hightower's (one of the leading voices behind Kubernetes and Go) talk will probably be the most intense experience you've experienced. He will inspire you, get you to cry and warm your heart. Watch it.

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Culture


The Average Micro-Services Deployment
1 minutes read.

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

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How AWS Cloud Is Demolishing the Cult of Youth
3 minutes read.

"Great engineering is not maths – it involves tradeoffs, wisdom and experience. Great engineers are generally great teachers... AWS is explicitly bringing that experience in. It’s refreshing to the see a different perspective on value." -- Amazon hires engineers in their 60s. We should all learn from that.

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Retrospectives: Why You Need Them, and How to Get Them Right
5 minutes read.

"In retrospectives we deal with the way of working, rather than with the work itself." -- if you're thinking of improving your retrospectives or start using them, Roy Klein's post is everything you need. Do yourself a favor copy his "Example template for a Retrospective meeting" as it will save you a lot of time and bring focus to these meetings.

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How Airbnb Democratizes Data Science With Data University
6 minutes read.

With more than 100 people, working on data engineering & data science, it's amazing to see how Airbnb continues to invest and educate everyone in the company (and share most of it publically) around getting the most out of data and data-driven experiments. Even in smaller companies (we have around 30 people who need to explore data) it's worth thinking of building a structured way to learn how to use the tools and practices.

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Peopleware


The Engineer/Manager Pendulum
5 minutes read.

Charity Majors with her unique writing style (expect some of the f word) is spot on: We have to make sure that people understand that management is not a promotion, just a parallel track, and that going back to an IC is actually not a bad outcome. We need more great managers, and it starts with setting clear expectations: "There’s nothing worse than reporting to someone forced into managing. Please don’t be one of the reasons people burn out hard on tech."

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Lessons Scaling From 10 to 20 People
5 minutes read.

Good insights to learn from on scaling from a generalist team to a mix of specialists and generalists. Copy Joseph's "transition checklist" and follow this advice: "If you’re going to make the generalist to specialist transition, do it quickly and be clear about new roles: I thought we did this transition quickly, but in hindsight it didn't happen fast enough. The problem is that if you change a role and there is even a little uncertainty about their responsibilities or who they report to, it’ll slow down the entire company"

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A Framework for Learning for Programmers
4 minutes read.

Joseph Jude explains how he approach learning in a systematic way, with a consume->produce->engage. The first part is usually where you think you make progress (like reading a post or a book on getting more fit instead of going to the gym), only to realize you cannot remember or didn't follow up on any of it. I'd switch between the engage and produce as creating an environment you can share your learning and struggles with is super important to push yourself into trying more.

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Inspiring Tweets


@RichRogersIoT: I Bought My Boss Two Copies of the Mythical Man Month So That He Could Read It Twice as Fast.

@jazzdan: I've Written Distributed Network Proxies and PL Implementation Code. But I Can't Get Two Things to Appear Next to Each Other With CSS

- Oren

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