Issue #244, 28th July 2017

This Week's Favorite


Rethinking the Developer Career Path (Video)
25 minutes read.

Brilliant talk by Randall Koutnik. Forward this video to every Senior Engineer in your team, and every Engineering Manager who seeks for more practical ways to help their teammates grow. Oh, and the helmet is just incredible!

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Culture


1998: Bezos; 2017: Bezos Prime
1 minutes read.

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

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Hyperproductive Development
5 minutes read.

An important post about the tension between absolute development productivity (let the same person own a system) and our ability to do so in scale, as the team grows and the business requirements requires a bus factor > 1.

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How We Pay People at Basecamp
4 minutes read.

"No scheme of pay is perfect, but at least with a model like this, nobody is forced to hop jobs just to get a raise that matches their market value... There’s a fountain of happiness and productivity in working with a stable crew. It’s absolutely key to how we’re able to do so much with so few at Basecamp" -- I love their Benefits & Perks (link inside), it's an incridble addition that makes you feel that someone is thinking of your health and happiness for the long run.

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The Only Metric That Matters
5 minutes read.

Josh Elman provides a powerful framework to figure out how to measure the success of your product. I'd use it to align the language between engineers, marketing and product management.

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Peopleware


What Do You Ask When You're Interviewing for a Job, to Find Out if You're Compatible With the Manager and the Team's Decision-Making Style?
5 minutes read.

Charity Majors‏ started a super helpful Twitter thread you should have available (or recommend a friend who's in the process) when you're interviewing for a new position.

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How Do I Manage People?
5 minutes read.

Lenny Markus takes a shot of answering some hard questions about management from the post above, and his unique style leading a team at Paypal. I'd follow the original thread on Twitter and try to answer it, make it visible like Lenny did, and use it as part of my hiring strategy to allow candidates have a sneak peek into the team.

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Engineer’s Guide to Picking an Early Stage Startup
4 minutes read.

Keeping with this week's theme around figuring out leaders' skills and company's unique strength, this post by Anshu Sharma can serve you as a perfect reference to qualify early stage startups.

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Inspiring Tweets


@jewelia: I Continually Find That One of the Biggest Management Challenges Is Deciding Which Problems *Not* to Solve/Pay Attention Too.

@CompSciFact: 'The Idea That People Knew a Thing or Two in the '70s Is Strange to a Lot of Young Programmers.' -- Donald Knuth

- 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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