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
A Tale Of Webpage Speed, Or Throwing Away React
tl;dr: Despite championing React, Alexander started to feel that it led to "some questionable practices" e.g. "hovers in JS (rather than in CSS) among others. As a result, he developed TwinSpark, a framework for declarative HTML enhancement.
featured in #201
Questionable Advice: Can Engineering Productivity Be Measured?
tl;dr: Charity doesn't believe so - metric can be gamed, preferring a combination of (1) impact focused, outcome-based management (2) team level health metrics (3) engineering ladder and regular lightweight reviews (4) managers who are well calibrated across the org. Teams should also use the 4 DORA metrics.
featured in #193
Making Time to Change, Part 1
tl;dr: The author dispels the myth that "employees simply don’t have the time to take on more work" citing organizational issues of ownership, opacity of issues, lack of emotional engagement. Phil runs through Muda, a "catch-all term for non-value-added activities."
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The Two Things Killing Your Ability to Focus
tl;dr: We are overwhelmed with distractions and over-rely on meetings. There are 5 daily practices that can help, outlined here.
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How Our VP Of Engineering Used Data To Support Our Engineering Team On A Human Level
tl;dr: As the team became remote, time spent more time working but were getting less done. The main cause was a lack of access to information and poor communication. 4 steps were put into place.
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