Issue #255, 13th October 2017

This Week's Favorite


How Much to Manage (“Management Energy Units”)
13 minutes read.

Steven Sinofsky explains how much you should invest managing up, sideways and down in various managerial positions. For me, managing sideways effectively is always the hardest: Figuring out how much to share, how to keep people in-sync and how to collect feedback - all without wasting time on irrelevant details.

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Culture


Organizing JIRA Tickets
1 minutes read.

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

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Career Goals, Progression, and Timelines, Because I Don't See That Discussed Often Here: (Thread)
4 minutes read.

Malice Ghoulpus‏'s story is so powerful: "I'm sharing this because SV tech careers are very much about how you present yourself and your successes. People gloss over the details, because that's how you get hired as a rock star... I think we should focus on these details more, because how people learn and adapt is key to their success on the job." -- make sure your interviewing process includes a lot of questions about the candidate's learning process and hunger to grow.

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How Do You Set Metrics?
6 minutes read.

"That’s why I’ve found the best way to select metrics isn’t to start with numbers, but rather to start with a plain-language statement about what a successful outcome would look like in human terms. In other words, how will people’s lives be improved if your efforts are successful? " -- Julie Zhuo shares how they use metrics in Facebook to drive clear priorities and goals. Her advice on "Consider tracking counter-metrics" is a nice way to protect against killing already positive metrics.

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Making Remote Work: Behind the Scenes at Stack Overflow
3 minutes read.

Jess Pardue from Stack Overflow knows exactly what needs to happen in order for you to deliver a great remote experience for your employees. If you have such setup or thinking of hiring remote employees - hiring an Operations Manager like Jess to take care of the onboarding experience is key.

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Peopleware


Things I've Learned Transitioning From Engineer to Engineering Manager
5 minutes read.

Gergely Orosz with a post I believe all new (or aspire) Engineering Managers should read. Alignment on short terms goals, finding a mentor to guide you, figuring out a framework for time management are all important skills to practice in this new career path.

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Thinking Is Work. Give Yourself Time to Do It.
4 minutes read.

Chris Savage (CEO at Wistia) advice from Ben Chestnut on time management is spot on: "He [Ben] said, “People always ask me about how to be more productive, but it’s never a productivity problem: it’s a people problem.” Ben looked me in the eye and told me that either I wasn’t delegating enough or I didn’t have the right people around me."

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Note Taking During One on Ones
4 minutes read.

Marc Gauthier shares the way he prepares and taking notes for his 1:1s to get the most out of the time together. I usually prefer to write a few short notes to myself and summarize points later on via email (to make it searchable), or even better - asking the other person to do so, letting them practice how to extract insights to help them grow or have a better understanding of the business.

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Inspiring Tweets


@rkoutnik: Normal Person: Clicks Refresh Dev: Cmd+r Jr UI Dev: Cmd+shift+r UI Dev: Reinstalls Browser Sr UI Dev: Writes New Browser From Scratch

@mikedoherty_ca: "TODO: This Is a Temporary Hack and Will Be Removed." Narrator: It Was Not Ever Removed

- Oren

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