Issue #243, 21st July 2017

This Week's Favorite


Hearts and Minds: Shaping Dev Culture Through Technical Training
5 minutes read.

Karen Cohen shares how Wix run "Kickstart" programs for junior engineers to introduce them not only to the tools, practices and process but also to the type of culture Wix wants to support as the company scales. If your company is now more than 150 people, I think this is a must read. The part around "Techniques for unveiling culture elements" you should read at least twice.

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Culture


When You Roll Your Own Crypto
1 minutes read.

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

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BuzzFeed's Tech Leadership Principles
5 minutes read.

If you had to write your own leadership principles, what would it look like? I loved the section on "Strong Opinions and Low Ego" and the expectation of building networks outside of your work to attract great talent: "Our leaders are also highly engaged with their discipline’s community outside of BuzzFeed, identifying and recruiting talented individuals in their field that might be great fits at BuzzFeed."

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On Being the Employee Who “needs Improvement”
4 minutes read.

We don't talk enough about how to set expectations in a way that is explicit and clear for both sides: behaviors, feedback style & output have to be discussed. Don't let people guess that they're doing a great job, don't let them find out that they're failing hard a few weeks too late. If you're an individual contributor, ask for this feedback and clarification from your manager if they're not clear.

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How to Operate (Video)
46 minutes read.

Keith Rabois (ex-COO of Square) explains the way he thinks of running operations in a startup. His opinions are a bit extreme, but at least it's easy and clear to follow and take the gems that better fit my personality and style. Great way to make your next commute to work more interesting.

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Peopleware


Design Your Personal Growth
5 minutes read.

If you constantly look for ways to improve yourself, Melissa Mandelbaum's framework -- a list of questions to follow along the year -- can serve you really well. Try it out, copy it to a Google Doc and figure out your questions to it. Most importantly, remember to enjoy the journey: "Although growth is great, remember it’s a process that takes time. As you make steps in new directions, it’s helpful to adopt a “peace with progress” mindset. In time, progress will lead to positive results."

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Thank You Elon Musk for Proving Everyone Wrong
6 minutes read.

This guy does not know how to give up. The level of inspiration he brings with his attempts to change the world makes our industry stronger and our world better.

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10+ Startup Tech Leaders Reveal How They Prioritise Software Development
7 minutes read.

It's pretty interesting to hear how different people and companies approach prioritization, planning and execution methodologies. Where does your process fit? Is there something new you'd like to introduce?

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Inspiring Tweets


@cap: Managers, There's No Better Multiplier Than Building Teams That Care About and Actively Help Each Other.

@yonatanm: Code and Service Deletion Is Underrated. We Just Had Several Success in This Area. And We Also Calibrated It

- Oren

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