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Exciting times - we now have a start date for the next Mentoring Circle! The first Circle session will happen w/c August 3rd, but there are still a couple of slots available. If you're interested in joining, check out the Mentoring Circles page and get in touch, but be quick!
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I’ve been a technologist for the past 20 years. I studied Computer Science at university in Jamaica and spent the formative years of my career there working on a number of projects in collaboration with companies such as IBM, Peoplesoft and Nortel Networks.
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Read of the Week
In 1964 the first remote control for a TV was created. Sometime after that, the TV watching experience changed forever. The remote made it easier to watch and control the television. Quite possibly earlier this year you created a remote team. You may not have wanted one, but here you are.
Culture & People
Advice, observations, and real-life examples. Many companies forced to suddenly go remote are compensating with more communication, whether in back-to-back-to-back video calls or all-day team chats, with expectations—stated or implied—that people respond to messages as quickly as possible.
A reader asks a question that comes up at some point in every engineer's and engineering manager's career, where their manager, or the one above will pop the question. Can you measure engineering productivity? And if so, how can we measure it right now? They ask: I have the opposite belief.
Over the past six months, my group at the Financial Times has moved from project-based teams to durable teams. In this post I’ll explain why we made that move and how this is helping us deliver bigger and better things for our customers. Our goal on Customer Products is to make FT.
Since I first started writing about OKRs seven years ago, I have had a lot of companies reach out to me for advice. OKRs were originally envisioned to create focus on things that are important but not (yet) urgent. OKRs act as an accelerant on progress toward strategic efforts.
Leadership & Self-management
When was the last time you assessed your personal productivity system? Many people start each day with a plan, but soon find themselves distracted, focusing on low-value tasks and, simply, procrastinating.
Are you a good leader? How do you know? In a startup culture that is obsessed with management by metrics, many founders struggle to answer this critical question about themselves. It’s tempting to measure leaders simply by the success of their businesses.
Three years into my software engineering career and loving it. Life was great. I lived in a small apartment in Southie (Boston) with my college roommate “Q”. I had a good job at a tech start-up called CloudLock. I hammered out code 12-14 hours a day.
There are things you want to do. There are things you need to do. Sometimes these are the same. This post is how to handle life when they aren’t. The sensation of thinking of a task can be pleasant or painful.
A lot of first-time leaders say yes too frequently. They say yes to every request or interruption. They say yes because they want to please people, or they feel guilty, and sometimes fear. Another reason new leaders say yes is that they don’t know how to say no.
Agile, Engineering & Product
A question on Stack Overflow’s Software Engineering site caught our attention recently. It tries to come to terms with the impact of scrum on developers' ability to do a great job. The claim is a bold one: Scrum is turning good developers into average ones. Could that be true?
This story describes the technical details of the problems that caused the Slack downtime on May 12th, 2020. To learn more about the process behind incident response for same outage, read Ryan Katkov’s post, “All Hands on Deck”.
In mid-March, I started my new role as a Senior Software Engineer at GitHub. Yes, I started a job in the middle of a pandemic. The company brings on new joiners every two weeks for a structured onboarding process, and my cohort was the first to not be flown to San Francisco for it.
Let’s talk about that trickiest of subjects: Product Judgment.
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