Issue #93, 5th September 2014

This Week's Favorite


The Career Ladder Isn’t in the Office
7 minutes read.

Probably the most important lesson I learned in my professional life - "Your inability to make progress is not a function of your company’s ability to train you. It’s your job to train yourself." - if your truly care about your growth, don't look for excuses. Find someone to share your struggles with and don't let anything stop you from achieving your goals.

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Culture


If Programming Languages Were Weapons
3 minutes read.

You're going to enjoy this one. My personal favorite is C#, because we can all appreciate a great product design such as a laser rifle strapped to a donkey. Share with geeks.

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9 Tips to Attract Top Engineers
8 minutes read.

This post is by yours truly. I tried to be helpful and offer 9 ways you can build a better engineering brand to attract top talent to your company. There is no better time to start than now. Let me know if you liked it with a comment or a tweet!

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The Dentist Office Software Story
5 minutes read.

If you care about software and building a business, read this story by Fred Wilson. Beautifully written and hits the nail on the head. "This story is designed to illustrate the fact that software alone is a commodity. There is nothing stopping anyone from copying the feature set, making it better, cheaper, and faster. And they will do that."

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Peopleware


Blameless PostMortems and a Just Culture
8 minutes read.

Old post but more important than ever as more and more companies use Continuous Delivery to push the business out of its comfort zone (for good reasons of course). Highly recommend read.

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Process Is King
4 minutes read.

Florian Motlik (from CodeShip) with an advice we should follow - "we often build up dependencies that aren’t visible on first sight, but painful once we need to deal with them. So deal with them early and often, even if it’s just as an experiment on the side that isn’t intended to go into production. If you fear those changes and ignore them today, they will come back even stronger tomorrow"

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10 Things I Do Every Day to Stay Productive
8 minutes read.

Mathias Meyer is a huge resource for inspiration on building a loveable company. I follow his writing for the past year and he consistently demonstrate his passion for self-improvements, and what he does to get there. My favorite tip: "Block out a big chunk of time in the morning". Own your schedule.

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Inspiring Tweets


@maxlynch: With Tough Decisions, I Almost Always Feel Better Making Them Sooner Rather Than Agonizing Over Them for Later. Perfection Isn’t Possible.

@mindofandre: Can’t Say It Enough: Surround Yourself W/People Who Are Trying to Better Themselves, Growing + Who Appreciate Life. It Changes Things.

- Oren

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