Issue #214

11 November 2020

Issue #214
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#Management #Leadership
tl;dr: Will runs us through his "toolkit" to maintain technical quality, including prioritizing leverage points, establishing a technical quality team, and more. Underlying any approach is the philosophy to "start with something small, and iterate on it until it works."
Surviving Disillusionment
- Slava Akhmechet
tl;dr: Engineers are seduced by the romance of technology & its "power to transform the human condition," and repelled by the "drudgery" of corporate politics, bureaucracy, envy and greed." The latter can be overcoming. Slava encourages us to keep a daily tangible, ritual that reminds us of this romance. 
Leading People With Experience
- Mark Wood
#Management #Leadership
tl;dr: "How do I lead someone who is more experienced than me?" Mark shares 4 strategies (1) Fight the imposter syndrome (2) Realize you're delegating & not supposed to know everything (3) Mention it to the more experienced report & leverage their experience. (4) Learn to coach them. 
#JavaScript #Entertaining
tl;dr: "We all know that JavaScript is quite a funny language with tricky parts. Some of them can quickly turn our everyday job into hell, and some of them can make us laugh out loud."
#Management #Leadership
tl;dr: Victor runs through common blockers that slow teams down: (1) Lack of organization as product and design is not consolidated. (2) Outdated, or lack of, documentation (3) Culture where engineers don't realize they're blockers.

"The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake - you can't learn anything from being perfect."

- Adam Osborne

#Biographical #Diversity
tl;dr: "Kelsey Hightower defied the enterprise tech sector's notorious diversity problems to become one of the industry's leading figures. Now he wants everyone's voice to be heard."
#Infrastructure #DevOps
tl;dr: When an enterprise has tooling allowing for changes to many machines simultaneously, by a simple shell command, errors happen. The author finds it helpful to prompt the person, before running the command, to manually enter the exact number of machines that will be affected.
#Dark #F#
tl;dr: Paul has been evaluating new languages for the Dark backend, deciding to leave OCaml. He discusses the reason behind choosing F#. 
tl;dr: "We explore the nature of computational thinking; present the central stories of the science, the people, and the artifacts of computing; examine the connections among computing, the individual, and society; and contemplate the future."
- Adilet Zhaxybay
tl;dr: "The purpose is to help you prepare for software engineering interviews."

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