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Reads of the Week
COO/CTO Adam Martin offers expert advice on how to calculate the true cost of your hiring process and refine it to maximise effectiveness.
Salary and remuneration is an often controversial topic. In Engineering (I’m sure the same problems exist in other teams too), I’ve found the process of pay and promotions to be a subjective and opaque process.
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Culture & People
It may not be instinctual to link director Christopher Nolan and Looker founder Lloyd Tabb, but the two might view the world through a shared lens.
As automation, AI, and new job models reconfigure the business world, lifelong learning has become accepted as an economic imperative. Eighty percent of CEOs now believe the need for new skills is their biggest business challenge.
I’ve noticed some of my colleagues seem to use the terms accountability and responsibility as if they were the same. They are not. I’ll tell you a story to illustrate the difference.
You have a solid set of engineers, you’ve embraced OKRs and Agile, you’ve got standups, and you also do Sprint planning and retrospectives.
Leadership & Self-management
This post is about a simple software engineering management framework that I’ve been using for about six months with the team that I’m currently leading.
As I advanced in my career, the maps grew sketchier; bosses expected me to think for myself. That absence of clear direction could be a little nerve-wracking, but gradually I began to appreciate the upside: a vaguely defined job provided the opportunity to remake it into something new and exciting.
Pick your favorite adage. Mine is “measure twice, cut once”. I am the daughter of a carpenter and a surgical nurse so it seems fitting. I have worked as an investor in and builder of technology for nearly 20 years. With every project completed, book read and year that passes — I learn.
Great leaders are committed to developing other people as leaders, which often means putting them in positions where they might fail.
One of the most harmful behaviors I’ve observed in ineffective leadership is a tendency to add chaos when one enters a room.
We all have preconceptions of what it means to be a good leader. Here are 8 popular myths about leadership and how to overcome them. We all have preconceptions of what it means to be a good leader and what sorts of characteristics we believe leaders must exhibit.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Large-scale distributed software systems are composed of several individual sub-systems—such as CDNs, load balancers, and databases—and their interactions. These interactions sometimes have unpredictable outcomes caused by unforeseen turbulent events (for example, a network failure).
Scrum has proven time and again to be the most popular framework for software development. Given that software is eating the world, a seasoned Scrum Master is nowadays in high demand.
A little while ago, I asked a lot of designers what product managers did that annoyed them the most. For the sake of fairness, I also asked PMs the same question about designers. I thought maybe I’d get a few responses and write up a quick blog post about some of the worst offenders.
“His spice-induced visions show him a myriad of possible futures where humanity has become extinct and only one where humanity survives. He names this future ‘The Golden Path’ and resolves to bring it to fruition.
Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, there was no Wimbledon Championship this year. But that didn’t stop a team of researchers from Stanford University simulating the annual tournament with the help of artificial intelligence. The team trained their AI using a database of annotated footage.
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