Issue #236

13 July 2021


Issue #236
Pointer.io


Presented by Vanta
#CareerAdvice
 
tl;dr: Start with real code that you wrote and then "remove irrelevant details to make it into a self-contained example, instead of coming up with examples out of thin air." Julia runs through two types of examples - (1) realistic examples that sell the concept and (2) surprising examples that change someone's mental model. 
#Management

tl;dr: SOC 2 is a framework for all B2B tech companies that store customer data in the cloud. Did you draw the shortest straw and now SOC 2 falls on your plate? Have no fear - this guide breaks down how to prepare for and tackle a SOC 2 audit.

Promoted by Vanta

A Manager’s Guide to Holding Your Team Accountable
- Dave Bailey
#Leadership #Management

tl;dr: Holding people accountable feels uncomfortable so we can let it slip. Accountability and feedback are essential to high-functioning teams, and Dave provides a primer on both feedback and accountability, highlighting questions we can ask our team to ensure both are present. 

#Amazon #CareerAdvice #Management
 
tl;dr: As a senior exec you get to make a few decisions a day so getting 8 hours of sleep and organizing "high IQ" meetings earlier both help to make good a few decisions. 
How To Prevent Or Recover From Developer Burnout
#MentalHealth
 
tl;dr: The author provides symptoms of burnout and runs through advice in four core areas - career, time management, lifestyle and self-care.
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. 
 
Mandate Levels
- John Cutler
#ProductManagement
 
tl;dr: John came up with nine "levels" of work, "ranging from very specific, to very general." calling them Mandate Levels, "to capture the idea of a sphere of authority and autonomy." He discusses how they operate here.
#FreeSoftware
 
tl;dr: "Free software is vitally important to public society, and that copyleft software is still a useful way to ensure its continued existence. But that software needs to be more powerful for users and more attractive for developers, otherwise it will never reach critical mass." Jack runs through 5 suggestions to make it more attractive to developers and users. 
Against SQL
- Jamie Brandon
#SQL
 
tl;dr: Jamie believes there is "a huge amount of value to be unlocked by replacing SQL, and more generally in rethinking where and how we draw the lines between databases, query languages and programming languages.
#JS
 
tl;dr: For Chris, the "big thing" about Astro is that it allows "you to build a site like you’re using a JavaScript framework (and you are), but the output is a zero-JavaScript static site. You can opt-in to client-side JavaScript as needed, and there are clever options for doing so."
#GitHub #AI
 
tl;dr: The author is given access to the test phase of Copilot and asks the question - "how risky is it to allow an AI to write some or all of your code?" 
 
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