Maximizing Developer Effectiveness
tl;dr: The primary reason for low effectiveness is working environment. "There are too many new processes, too many new tools and new technologies" increasing complexity and friction. Tim contrasts a day in the life of both a high and low effective environment, and recommends optimizing key feedback loops.
featured in #221
Attention Is My Most Valuable Asset for Productivity as a Software Developer
Zachary Wade Betz
tl;dr: Zachary counteracts distractions by (1) building physical strength, (2) creating a "boring" and "tidy" workspace, (3) making his smart phone "dumb," (4) being an "OS minimalist," (5) organizing browser bookmarks (6) minimize meetings, (7) use the The Eisenhower Method to categorize tasks.
featured in #215
Time Is Not A Measure Of Productivity
Anne-Laure Le Cunff
tl;dr: 5 strategies to stop conflating time spent with productivity: (1) Avoid unnecessary meetings. (2) Define productive goals. (3) Reduce repetitive tasks. (4) 80% of your work will come from 20% of your efforts. Focus on the 20%. (5) Protect your time.
featured in #210
A Framework For Focusing Your Learning Goals
tl;dr: With overwhelming amounts of languages, frameworks and tools to learn, decisions about where to invest your time to learn can be challenging. Sally has outlined key questions and a framework to help guide this decision.
featured in #209
Motivation And Why Finishing A Personal Project Is Hard
tl;dr: There are several reasons this could be true but, to finish a project, you need to be a "mad hatter." You need a broad skillset i.e. systems architect, db admin, backend developer, essentially all the roles in a team.
featured in #209
Learning To Love Meta Productivity
tl;dr: "Before you transitioned to management," productivity is valued by code written, PRs reviewed, features released." When you manage, your "primary output is work done by other people." Nickolas outlines how you value productivity as a manager.
featured in #207
Hard To Discover Tips And Apps For Making MacOS Pleasant
tl;dr: "Inspired by a few different conversations with friends who’ve switched to macOS where I give them a whole bunch of tips and recommendations..." Tristan also provides suggestions for iOS and productivity apps.
featured in #205
Debugging Engineering Velocity And Leading High-performing Teams
tl;dr: At the planning stage, "drive precision through early organizational alignment, and prioritization of user cohorts." During execution "dive speed through focus, iteration, unblocking and de-risking your projects" and "quality through early and rigorous testing."
featured in #201