/Management

Leadership For Results And Peace Of Mind

- Subbu Allamaraju tl;dr: “After years of testing various ideas and behaviors, I developed a leadership framework that has proven effective in achieving results, enjoying work, and maintaining peace of mind. While there’s no one-size-fits-all leadership recipe, I’m eager to share a few key behaviors that have helped me and could benefit you.”

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Strategy For Directors: Models

- Anna Shipman tl;dr: Anna presents PESTLE and VUCA frameworks for tackling issues subject to external influences and unpredictability. “The value is in bringing the issues into the open and discussing them, as much as the end result. People are often making unconscious assumptions about the future, or the current situation, and these models help surface them.”

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Why Build When You Can Deploy Speech AI Instantly

- Kelsey Foster tl;dr: Not sure whether to build or buy an AI speech recognition system? Our comprehensive guide breaks down the key considerations, from accuracy and internal resources to speed of iteration and data security. 

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The Right Kind Of Stubborn

- Paul Graham tl;dr: Paul compares persistence and obstinance. “When you look at the internal structure of persistence, it doesn't resemble obstinacy at all. It's so much more complex. Five distinct qualities — energy, imagination, resilience, good judgement, and focus on a goal — combine to produce a phenomenon that seems a bit like obstinacy in the sense that it causes you not to give up. But the way you don't give up is completely different.”

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Standups: Individual → Teammate

- Kent Beck tl;dr: Kent discusses his reasoning behind standups. “Treating standup meetings as a technical solution to a technical problem — we need to communicate this many bits of information to this many people as efficiently as possible — misses the real point. We’re people. With needs. The better those needs are met, the better we can meet the needs of others.”  

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Drata Secured 86% Faster QA Cycles

tl;dr: QA Wolf is delivering QA at DrataSpeed: (1) Regression testing is 90 minutes faster than before, and includes 4x more test cases. (2) Quickly onboarded and gave Drata’s QA resources space to work on new features, saving more than $500,000/year. (3) Went from overnight deploys to multiple times daily.

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Numbers To Know For Managing (Software Teams)

tl;dr: “Based on philosophy, experience, and analysis; we hope they’ll be of some use.” The authors cover topics such as: (1) Minimum number of direct reports anyone should ever have. (2) Minimum number of candidates you should interview before making a decision. (3) Number of days before a new hire should have merged a pull request, (4) Number of days before a small support issue becomes a large support issue. And more.

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Eponymous Laws

- Mike Fisher tl;dr: “I’m a big fan of eponymous laws such as Conway’s law, that software reflects the organizational structure that produced it, named after Melving Conway” Mike discusses his own laws: (1) The more you deny, the more you implicate. (2) If you hire a skill, you will get more of that skill demonstrated. (3) Everyone thinks they can improve on others' works. (4) The complexity of a system increases with each new feature. (5) Change becomes harder as organizations grow. 

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Physics And Perception

- Will Larson tl;dr: In 2019, parts of Stripe’s engineering org were going through a civil war, driven by one group’s belief that Java should replace Ruby to deliver a quality platform. The other group believed Stripe’s problems were driven by a product domain with high essential complexity. Switching languages wouldn’t address any of those issues. Will discusses his approach to solving this conflict: “what I have found useful is studying what each faction knows that the other doesn’t, and trying to understand those gaps deeply enough to find a solution. Sometimes I summarize this as solving for both physics and perception.”

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Malte Handbook

- Malte Ubl tl;dr: The CTO at Vercel wrote an instruction manual for himself, covering values, principles, beliefs, engineering style, general style, stuff I do & personal.

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