Issue #296

4 March 2022


Issue #296
Pointer.io
Friday 4th March issue is presented by WorkOS
 

 
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Desperation-Induced Focus
- Ravi Gupta
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: "I have nothing against process but startups generally implement them way too early and way too often." Ravi's advice to those thinking about instituting a new process is to answer this question: “If you could only get one thing done this year, what would it be?”. Whatever the answer is, don’t waste your time on anything else. "Take your best person, make them responsible for solving that problem, and give them everything and everyone they need to make it happen."

The Thirty Minute Rule
- Daniel Roy Greenfeld
#CareerAdvice

tl;dr: If anyone gets stuck on something for more than 30 minutes, they should ask for help. Why? (1) Simply formulating the question to ask allows us to answer the problem ourselves. (2) We are stuck because of something we don’t know, making it impossible to proceed. (3) We don’t get frustrated. (4) Reduces costs. 

Frictionless Enterprise Customer Onboarding Using the WorkOS Admin Portal
- Mahmoud Abdelwahab
#Management

tl;dr: Onboarding enterprise customers has historically been fraught with friction. Setting up single sign-on or user provisioning required painful coordination, with each customers' respective identity / directory provider doing things in their own way. That's why WorkOS built the Admin Portal - a service that allows IT admins to easily set up their provider of choice in just minutes. Save the headache and start using the Admin Portal today.

Promoted by WorkOS.
#Leadership #Management #Data
 
tl;dr: Being data-driven has been a priority for companies but many have seen mixed results. According to a survey of executives, company culture is a harder hurdle to clear than any technical problem, and the explosion of the amount of data, privacy concerns and data ownership keep making the task harder. Randy offers three principles: (1) Think different and be creative. (2) Fail fast, learn faster. (3) Focus on the long-term.

"If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t matter how fast it doesn’t work."

– Mich Ravera

 
Building Infrastructure Platforms
- Poppy Rowse, Chris Shepherd
#Infrastructure

tl;dr: "Infrastructure Platform teams enable organizations to scale delivery by solving common product and non-functional requirements with resilient solutions." The 7 key principles that can help you build the right thing are discussed. 

Security For Package Maintainers
- Seth Michael Larson
#Security

tl;dr: Seth discusses the steps he's taken to ensure that the packages he's developed, notably urllib3, are secure. "I hope that some of the knowledge I've gained along the way can help you secure your own packages as well as inspiring some adversarial security-minded thinking."
Understanding Higher-kinded Types
- Dan Soucy
#Types
 
tl;dr: "Values have types. Some typical types are Integer, Bool, and String. Values of type Integer include 0, 1, 42. Just as values can be grouped into types, types can be grouped into kinds. Dan explains first-order types and higher-kinded types. 
Announcing Interop 2022
- Anne van Kesteren, James Graham
#IndustryNews

tl;dr: "Interop 2022 is a cross-browser initiative to find and address the most important interoperability pain points on the web platform. The end result is a public metric that will assess progress toward fixing these interoperability issues."

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