Issue #276

14 December 2021

Issue #276

Tuesday 14th December's issue is presented by Cloudflare
Borrowing Lines From Great Leaders Around You
- Lara Hogan
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: "It’s a lot harder to notice the magic of particular phrases or approaches when you see someone do it." Lara suggest developing this  skill by noticing how other leaders speak. What do they say? How do they say it? Watch how they change the direction of the conversation, pause the conversation, decrease tension, create clarity, push back, etc...  Lara suggests sitting in on meetings you normally wouldn't e.g. product or sales to pinpoint 3 new techniques or phrases that you can then start experimenting with.

#Leadership #Management
tl;dr: The first major input in any kind of fair evaluation is based on the work the employee needed to accomplish, and the work they did accomplish. Camille breaks this down into "must be achieved, stretch goals, and moonshot goals" elaborating on each. She also discusses identifying management characteristics essential to the role so you can score the candidate against each, while also giving leeway for your own judgement.
Cloudflare Workers: The Fastest Serverless Platform (Eliminate Cold Starts)
- Rita Kozlov
#DeveloperTools #Management

tl;dr: Just about four years ago, we announced Cloudflare Workers, a serverless platform that runs directly on the edge. Today, Workers is 30% faster than it was three years ago at P90. And it is 210% faster than Lambda@Edge, and 298% faster than Lambda.

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Find The Root Cause Of Your Productivity Problem With The "5 Whys" Technique
- Karine Bengualid
tl;dr: "The 5 Whys technique was developed in the 1930s by Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of the automotive manufacturer Toyota Industries. The idea is simple: identify an issue and ask "why" 5 times, until you get to the root cause of your issue." Karine illustrates how you can tackle the root cause of productivity issues using this technique.

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Ten Years Of Experience, Still Failing Phone Screens
- Kevin Burke
tl;dr: "Besides the fact that people like me get extremely stressed implementing a new algorithm in a time limit without being able to exercise the code, while someone is watching and asking questions, there are diminishing returns to spending the 30th or 40th minute on the same topic, and this is such a tiny part of your job anyway." Kevin believes it would be better to ask a larger number of "easily gradable" questions and provides examples. 
"Open Source" Is Broken
- Christine Dodrill
tl;dr: The recent vulnerability discovered in log4j2 is a "perfect microcosm of all of the major ecosystem problems with "Open Source." It is "a culture of taking from open source without giving anything back." This software is used by the largest of companies while the maintainer of log4j2 describes his work as "a spare time passion project," with a total of 3 people funding it prior to the vulnerability being discovered. Christine believes it's an obligation for companies to donate in return for using OS software.
Avoiding Internet Centralization
- Mark Nottingham

tl;dr: "While the Internet was designed and founded as a decentralized network-of-networks, it is continuously subjected to forces that encourage its centralization." This document attempts to identify different types of centralization, catalogues some limitations to common approaches to controlling it, and recommends best practices for protocol designers.

Three Steps To The Future
- Benedict Evans

tl;dr: Annual deck that covers "the transformative visions for 2025 or 2030: crypto, web3, VR, metaverse… and then everything else. Meanwhile, hundreds of start-ups take ideas from the last decade and deploy them over and over in one industry after another. "
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Real-Time Voice Cloning
Clone a voice in 5 seconds to generate arbitrary speech in real-time.
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