/Career Advice

Know Your “One Job” And Do It First

- Charity Majors tl;dr: If you don’t do the core parts of your job, no matter how many extras you do, eventually your job probably will be in danger. This is a common trap people fall into and it's important to explain to your coworkers that you need to hit the pause button on electives, and not get sucked into them.

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How To Stop Worrying About What Other People Think Of You

- Michael Gervais tl;dr: This is unproductive and common. If you start paying attention to what others think and less about your talents, beliefs and values, you'll harm your potential. Develop a deeper sense of who you are, and that starts with self awareness, to tackle this.

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Closing The Stress Cycle

- Dan Pupius tl;dr: (1) Physical activity i.e. walking, running, cycling, dancing... (2) Breathing exercises e.g. box breathing allows CO2 to build up which stimulates the nerve system (3) Positive social interactions and laughter.

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Want To Learn How Things Really Work At Your New Job? Talk To The People At The Bottom

- Sachin Waikar tl;dr: "New research shows that people of all ranks look to low-level peers for information about organizational social norms."

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The Tyranny Of Feelings

- Ed Batista tl;dr: "Emotions can't be controlled, but they can be regulated." Regulation is not control or suppression, it's our ability to sense, comprehend, articulate and express what we're feeling. Helpful tools to regulate emotions are meditation, exercise, sleep, stress-reduction.

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Things Your Manager Might Not Know

- Julia Evans tl;dr: Julia outlines things your manager may not know and how to "manage them up", including what’s slowing the team down, what individual people on the team are working on, where the technical debt is, and more.

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Should Engineering Managers Be Technical

- Charity Majors tl;dr: "If you want to coach a team, you gotta know the game." Charity wouldn't recommend becoming an EM without 5-7 years engineering experience. You don't have to be the best engineer to be a great manager. The key is to have both social and technical skills.

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Why Is It So Hard To See Code From 5 Minutes Ago?

- Austin Henley tl;dr: "Java developers backtracked every 6 minutes, meaning they reverted their code to a previous state." Austin has developed a few years ago as an Atom plugin, letting you swipe through your code history on a timeline.

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Tools For Effective Delegation In Engineering Management

- Jason Wong tl;dr: (1) Know what to delegate (2) Identify desired outcomes and restraints and give full business context (3) Remove yourself from the project, but find the right cadence for updates and label your feelings when asked for feedback.

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How Hard Should I Push Myself?

- Dan Shipper tl;dr: Stress is a biological reaction to danger. As humans, we're able to induce it at other times, which can be harmful. Ways to combat stress are to increase your sense of control and predictability of a situation, create outlets for frustration e.g. exercise and increase social support.

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