This week’s issue is curated by Reuben Sutton, Head of Engineering at Plandek, the metrics platform which understands software delivery from idea to production.
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Reads of the Week
There’s a theme that emerges in my career as well as in the career of many developers that I know: complaints about the work environment. Tech companies and startups spend millions to make sure the…
Culture & People
Strategies to foster equity and inclusion
The CEO of Doist on isolation, anxiety, and depression in the remote workplace and what we’re doing about it.
Ten years ago recruiting engineers was all about ninjas, rockstars and 10xers, and while many people made fun of those terms and the people who used them, almost no one questioned the underlying…
Leadership & Self-management
Leadership can seem as though a person must be born with the wings of an angel. It can seem out of reach, difficult and not worth pursuing. I thought this once too. Becoming a leader was the last…
Barely a week goes by without at least one article or study bemoaning the things managers don’t know or do. They are the perennial punching bags in any industry, and software is no different. In…
Agile, Engineering & Product
When evaluating the value of any business, one of the most important factors is the cost of goods sold (or COGS). For every dollar that a business makes, how many dollars does it cost to deliver?
This is the story of how Segment improved their gross margin by 20%
Not long after the team formed, Platform Health had a huge list of bugs that was building up. On the one hand we needed to make the publishing pipeline more efficient and get a handle on our error alerting, but we also needed to ensure that the platform continued working for users. It really wasn’t clear which we should prioritise to fix first - we just trusted our instincts.
An interesting article relating Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to Software
We have come to acknowledge in recent years that there is a strong relationship between the design of a software architecture and the shape of the organisation it is developed by. Within this broad…
A programming language exploring the role of human culture in coding. Code is written entirely in Arabic, highlighting cultural biases of computer science and challenging the assumptions we make about programming.
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Reuben @ Plandek