Issue #238, 16th June 2017

This Week's Favorite


Just Do as Expected
6 minutes read.

I love the simplicity and power behind this idea: "Little did I know back then that “Do as expected” would become a tool to evaluate and improve the team’s performance, write better code and even become a better person... We started asking ourselves a beautifully simple question: “What does my team expect me to do?” Does my team expect me to improve this outdated documentation? Does my team expect me to speak up when I disagree on something?"

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Culture


Next Time Someone Asks Me What a Career in Infosec Is Like, I'm Just Going to Reply With This Picture. Words Can't Do Any Better Than This.
1 minutes read.

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

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The Most Important Metric You'll Ever Need
3 minutes read.

"ask your team what their rate of learning is." -- This is actually a great question to ask on your 1:1s and company's surveys. Even companies who deploy multiple times a day might be slow on customer development, experimenting with new products or figuring or better ways to scale the system with automation. Never stop learning.

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Creating a Makers Culture From the Get Go
4 minutes read.

I love this exercise of building and deploying a complete experience as part of the interview process. We're asking something similar where interviewees are required to develop and deploy a bot that can listen to chat conversations and provide answers, paying attention to the way the bot replies - we ask them to build some attitude for the bot, to make it fun to interact with it. So far everyone told us it was a great experience and a fun project to work on regardless of the outcome.

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The Utopia of a Developer
1 minutes read.

Not only for developers, this is the type of environment we should have for our team. A good reminder to end the week with, and get the energy you need to improve yourself and your surrounding.

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Peopleware


10 Senior Leadership Lessons I Wish I Learned Sooner
3 minutes read.

Great lessons from Julia Grace (Director of Eng. at Slack) about being an effective senior manager. These two are truly key to be able to lead a big group: "The stakes are much higher. You have to feel comfortable with increased accountability, while at the same time delegating more." and "You know your org much better than your manager, so you must solve your own problems. Bringing solutions in 1:1s w/ your manager is key."

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Decisions: What Makes Someone Have “impact” Anyway?
3 minutes read.

Individual Contributors' ability to make decisions and challenge assumptions is what makes not only that IC an impactful individual, but also helps to make the organization more scalable. Set this expectation with your teammates, and provide helpful feedback on how to improve here, mostly by asking better questions and getting to know the business and the problems as if it's their company.

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Keep Interviewing and Nobody Explodes: How WeWork Uses Games as Part of Our Hiring Process
3 minutes read.

This is a unique approach to hiring I'd like to try at some point. Sounds like fun, and different, maybe a bit awkward. What would you do to make interviews more fun while also effective & memorable?

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Inspiring Tweets


@marcprecipice: If You Have a Manager Who Will Give You Hard Feedback About Your Work and Yet Also Have Your Back, Stick With Them. Seems Like Most Won't.

@lowellheddings: The Secret to Getting Things Done Is to Delete All Todo Apps

- Oren

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