Issue #306, 5th October 2018

This Week's Favorite


What Are Some Possible Career Goals a Software Developer Could Have? (Thread)
5 minutes read.

Julia Evans with a question that triggered an incredible set of responses you can take into your organization. I consider using it as part of the Career Ladders, offering more than just titles, but also more of "Journeys" one can move between while working at the company.

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Culture


“Where Did I Park My Unicorn?”
1 minutes read.

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

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Staying Alive: Patterns for Failure Management From the Bottom of the Ocean (Slides)
4 minutes read.

Check slide 13 of Ronnie Chen's talk on how to deal with failures. This chain of events happens on every kind of catastrophe, and it's up to us to spot it in time and deal with it without losing control. Follow Ronnie's tips to build a resilient organization.

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Growing Teams Too Quickly
3 minutes read.

"A healthy culture is an accepting culture, that changes a bit with every new member, yet strong enough to evolve and exist as the team grows" -- I love this phrasing by Aviv Ben-Yosef. Rapid growth without any guiding rules can lead to silos, where each sub-organization has not only its own culture (which can be okay) but also conflicting goals. Grow deliberately.

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Product Management Mental Models for Everyone
12 minutes read.

Brandon Chu's Metal Models are helpful not only to Product Managers but to everyone in the organization who tries to deliver the right thing (and not more than that) in the right time. My favorites in Brandon's list were: "Solve the Whole Customer Experience," "Flywheel" and "Key Failure Indicator" which are not discussed enough in my opinion.

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Peopleware


What Books Make Up the Core of Your Personal OS? (Thread)
4 minutes read.

Another helpful thread that gave me a lot of books recommendations was this one by Zack Kanter. I added four to my list, looking forward to getting my hands on them (or listen on my commute). I'm sure you'll find a few to add to your list, so worth checking out and share with your team.

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Questions (Patrick Collison)
3 minutes read.

Which (relatively big and complex) questions bother you these days? This practice by Patrick Collison, of sharing the current questions that keep his mind busy, is intriguing. What would you write in your "Questions page"? What are you doing to get some answers?

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Just-In-Time Knowledge: Learn What You Need, When You Need It
3 minutes read.

"just-in-time learning does not replace knowing the basics" -- this is something that many JIT learners often forget, myself included. Over the years, I switched from JIT learning to focus on my five years goals, picking topics that are compounded and can serve me in that direction. For example: how to create demand for a project, how to sell something small (engineers hate to ask money for their side projects), how to improve the way I communicate, how to build a large organization etc.

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Inspiring Tweets


@smalter: Do Things That Don't Scale, but Don't Do Things That Don't Compound

@fvrmvn: If Someone Rebranded “doing the Dishes” as “Sink Zero” There Would Be a Lot More Guys in Silicon Valley With Clean Kitchens

- Oren

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