Issue #362

25 October 2022

Issue #362
Tuesday 24th October's issue is presented by Hightouch

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Group Dynamics: Very Loud (and Very Quiet) People
- Ed Batista
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: "If you're a leader with an unusually loud or unusually quiet team member, what can you do? First, assess your tolerance and that of the other group members for communication styles that differ from your own. Bear in mind that the goal is a more effective group, not simply one that's more comfortable for the majority. Having done that that, what further steps can you take?" Ed outlines the various tools at your disposal.

How To Plan?
- Kellan Elliott-McCrea
#Leadership #Management
tl;dr: Rules of thumb for making planning suck less: (1) Do fewer things. (2) Bottom up processes don't work. (3) Planning is the wrong time to introduce anything new. (4) You must provide frameworks and constraints. (5) Project planning has an inflection point. (6) Don't wait to kill bad ideas. (7) Minimize dependencies. And more.
What is Reverse ETL? The Definitive Guide
- Tejas Manohar
#Management #UsefulTool

tl;dr: Learn everything there is to know about Reverse ETL, how it fits into the modern data stack, and how you can start activating your warehouse data today.
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Bottleneck #03: Product v Engineering
- Rick Kick, Kennedy Collins
#Leadership #Management
tl;dr: "These two mindsets put two parts of your organization at odds. The easy path is to skip the difficult conversations and operate within silos, coming together infrequently to deliver a release. We believe that aligning these two disparate organizations into cohesive team units removes organizational friction and improves time to value," as discussed in this post. 
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Building A Resilient System: Our Journey To Observability At Intercom
- Kesha Mykhailov

tl;dr: "We define observability as a continuous process of humans asking questions about production, and getting answers." Breaking that down: (1) Continuous process: Observability means folks observe as frequently as possible. (2) Questions about production: We wanted our definition to be wide, generic, and representative of the broad scope of workflows we cater for. (3) Answers: No tool will give you answers, only offer leads to find real answers. You have to use your own mental models of the systems you run.

The HTTP Crash Course Nobody Asked For

tl;dr: "If you're reading this article, there's a solid chance it was delivered to you over HTTP. Even if you're reading this from an RSS reader or something. And you didn't even have to think about it! Not having to think about it" is certainly a measure of success for a given technology."
Python CLI Tricks That Don't Require Any Code Whatsoever
- Martin Heinz

tl;dr: "Out-of-the-box, Python standard library ships with many great libraries allowing us to do many cool things directly from terminal without needing to even open a .py file. This includes things like starting a webserver, opening a browser, parsing JSON files, benchmarking programs and many more, all of which we will explore in this article."
The RedMonk Programming Language Rankings: June 2022
- Stephen O'Grady

tl;dr: Top 5 in order are JS, Python, Java, PHP and C#, with the following trends to note: (1) Despite its meteoric rise, TypeScript has stalled in the rankings holding its ground at eighth. (2) Go has also stalled, never placing higher than 14th and having dropped into 16 for the last three runs.

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