Issue #358, 4th October 2019

This Week's Favorite


Testing in Production: The Hard Parts
29 minutes read.

I think that the trend towards testing (in) production will continue to grow, as we reach a point where every successful company deals with a lot of traffic very early on. With the increase in Big Data type of tools and systems, we will continue to see more practices and tools around how to verify CI/CD cycles, including production. Share this post by Cindy Sridharan with your R&D team as it covers the mindset and many of the practices you should be aware of.

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Culture


When Engineers Used to >dress< for Work
1 minutes read.

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

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Writing Docs at Amazon
7 minutes read.

There is a lot to learn (not to copy as is) from the way teams at Amazon run meetings via writing. While it may be an overkill in some areas, it's cheaper to apply inverse thinking than to understand the customer doesn't care after you already build the product. Most of the practices covered here are relevant not only for busy people like Jeff Bezos but to anyone really, as we pay good money for incredibly smart people to attend meetings.

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On This Day in 1997: Apple Debuts Its ‘Think Different’ TV Commercial (Video)
2 minutes read.

This one minute video is a powerful statement to Apple's culture during these days. I enjoyed reading the thread as well, with a few more references that you might like as well.

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How We Run Our Company - Skillshare
9 minutes read.

Matt Cooper shares how the team at Skillshare works together: "we should work on our culture as we work on our product — always testing and iterating to determine what works and what doesn’t. [...] This is a snapshot of how we run today, but we are in the process of working on changes and updates. Those adjustments will never end — what worked at 30 employees doesn’t work today with 90, and what works today with 90 won’t work when we hit 150." -- check how they run different kinds of meetings and see what you'd like to copy and use in your company.

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Peopleware


The Map, the Terrain, and the Role of the CFO
4 minutes read.

"In a well run company, the CEO typically owns the terrain and the CFO owns the map. But in order for things to work well, the CFO must have a great understanding of the terrain and the CEO must comprehensively know the map. This is why the relationship between the two is so special, important, and intimate: there must be a constant dialogue." -- Ben Horowitz covers something that many of us who are not CEO or CFO can appreciate about how these two functions should work together.

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The Art of the OKR
5 minutes read.

Christina Wodtke with my favorite post about the topic of OKRs, and how to use them effectively in your company. I'd use it as a baseline for everyone to read, so you'll all strive for a similar outcome from this method. I'd put extra focus on reading "What Makes OKRs Work?". I've failed to use OKRs in my weekly rhythm, making it less effective overall - inspirational yet not practical enough to leverage it further.

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Inspiring Tweets


@SamuelHulick: Ship Value, Not Product

@rakyll: Me in My 20s: That if Condition Is Not Quite Capturing What I Wanted. Me in My 30s: Let’s Ship and See if Anyone Complains. If No One Does, I Can Remove That Branch Altogether.

- 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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