Issue #270

19 November 2021

Issue #270

The Friday 19th November issue is presented by Vanta
Moving Faster
- Jamie Brandon
#CareerAdvice #Productivity
tl;dr: The following allowed Jamie to program faster: (1) Caring and wanting to be faster. (2) Making decisions based on goals. (3) Focus in blocks of 2-3 hours i.e. no email, slack, twitter... (4) Batching tasks. (5) Make small changes for big tasks. (6) Shorten feedback loops. (7) Write stuff down. (8) Reduce frequent mistakes. (9) Make low-level skills automatic. (9) Reflect. Each is discussed with examples. 
Don't Soften Feedback
- Lara Hogan
#Leadership #Management
tl;dr: Managers have been softening negative feedback during the pandemic to avoid adding pressure to teammates. This can be detrimental to growth, and feedback can become difficult to understand. Lara suggest 4 things: (1) Learn how to bottom-line. (2) Focus on the facts first. (3) Tie all feedback to business outcomes. (4) Filter peer feedback for bias.
A Cheeky Checklist for GDPR Compliance Management

tl;dr: Managing your business outside the U.S. can be tricky, especially with strict policies like GDPR. What does GDPR compliance mean for your organization and how will it impact your growth? Vanta's GDPR compliance checklist identifies the steps you need to take in order to get - and stay - compliant.

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How I Got My Brain Back
- Brie Wolfson
tl;dr: "Having my back against the wall forced me to understand more about what makes me tick, shuts me down, and picks me up." Struggling with depression, Brie tracked her moods to gain insights into what impacted them and how i.e. "a bad morning likely meant a bad day, seeing friends could go either way." Brie came up with a list of activities that positively impacted her mood, listed here, and created the "Post-It" method to execute them.

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.

Avoiding Premature Software Abstractions
- Jonas Tulstrup

tl;dr: 4 common types of premature abstractions often seen in codebases resulting in unnecessary complexity: (1) Responsibilities are abstracted too granularly. (2) Design patterns are used without real benefit. (3) Performance is optimized prematurely. (4) Low coupling is introduced everywhere.

Building Confidence In A Decision
#Management #Netflix

tl;dr: "This is the fifth post in a multi-part series on how Netflix uses A/B tests to inform decisions and continuously innovate on our products." This post covers helpful questions to ask when thinking through if a test is conclusive enough.
tl;dr: The output of Susam's example shows simple Python code that create a self-referential list, although it's not obvious as to why, expecting the code to have failed with NameError. 
Announcing TypeScript 4.5
- Daniel Rosenwasser

tl;dr: Some major highlights of TypeScript 4.5 are (1) The awaited type and promise improvements. (2) Supporting lib from node_modules. (3) Template string types as discriminants.

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