Issue #282

14 January 2022


Issue #282
Pointer.io


Tuesday 14th January's issue is presented by Vanta
Engineering Manager Forum
- Dan Na
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: Independent, cross-functional meetings at Squarespace e.g. Infrastructure Council, Backend Council and Data Council create a "sense of togetherness across an ever-growing engineering organization." Dan started the Engineering Manager Forum and shares his blueprint for how it's run.

#BestPractice
 
tl;dr: Three pieces of information should be conveyed by an error message: (1) Context: What led to the error? What was the code trying to do when it failed? (2) The error itself: What exactly failed? (3) Mitigation: What needs to be done in order to overcome the error? Gunnar also highlights best practices: having a uniform voice and style, consistency in terminology, and more.
Key Differentiators in Security Automated Platforms: A Series
#Management #Leadership

tl;dr: There are so many compliance platforms on the market, yet not all are created equal. We've compiled a list of the biggest differentiators to look for when choosing an automated compliance platform. Learn how these features can make a huge impact on your business.

Promoted by Vanta.

9 Multipliers For Boosting Your Team’s Productivity
- Daniel Korn
#Management #Leadership #Productivity
 
tl;dr: The first 3 are: (1) Observability: covers the spectrum of logging, metrics, distributed tracing, telemetry, alerting, etc. (2) Estimate how long it takes your team to go through the CBTD (code-build-test-debug) loop and ask yourself what that numbers tell you. (3) Flaky tests erode trust and breed learned helplessness.

A Note From Vanta

Vanta is the easy way to get SOC 2, HIPAA, or ISO 27001 compliant. 1000+ companies trust Vanta to automate their security monitoring, and get ready for security audits in weeks instead of months.
 
 
Data To Engineers Ratio: US vs Europe
- Mikkel Dengsøe
#Management #DataScience

tl;dr: "The median data to engineers ratio for the US companies I looked at is 1:7 compared to 1:4 for European companies. And the design to engineers ratio is 1:9 for both groups. This post gives some answers to why this is but also leaves some questions unanswered."
Ultimate Guide To Text Similarity With Python
#Python
 
tl;dr: For humans, the 2 sentences "the bottle is empty" and "there is nothing in the bottle" mean the same thing despite being written in different formats. This post illustrates how we make an algorithm come to the same conclusion.
#TimeData
 
tl;dr: Earth's rotation, relative to the fixed stars, has sped up and is predicted to continue to do so. Although there are no immediate implications, if it continues over a sustained period of time, we might find ourselves having to consider a negative leap second, as explained here.
Neural Network From Scratch
- Simon Hørup Eskildsen
#IndustryNews #OpenSource

tl;dr: A mental model for how a neural network works by building one from scratch. "The hardest part is acquiring the conceptual understanding of a system to come up with an equation for its performance."

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