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This Friday's Bytes session will cover developments in the Technical Assessment stage of the engineer interview process - we'll be joined by the founder of a startup aiming to standardise that, who'll be sharing insights from their research.
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Building your team involves a constant race against your competition - top developers are scarce and often ‘hidden’’ amongst a bunch of CVs. Too many hoops can scare your best candidates away; too few and you’ll hire someone who will negatively impact your team's productivity.
Reads of the Week
Nick Caldwell's resume includes an enviable list of companies — Microsoft, Reddit, Looker and Twitter. He shares his biggest lessons from each for a crash course in finding success across different company cultures, scales & functions.
When I am in a foul mood, I have a surefire way to improve my outlook – I build something. A foul mood is a stubborn beast and it does not give ground easily. It is an effort to simply get past the foulness in order to start building, but once the building has begun, the foul beast loses ground.
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Culture & People
Eric Dobbs recently retold a story on twitter (a copy is on his wiki) about one of his former New Relic colleagues, Nicholas Valler. At the time, Nicholas was new to the company.
Everyone’s talking about the importance of psychological safety.
I'm the cofounder and CEO of Kapwing, a 30-person company based in San Francisco. In our three years of trying to recruit top engineering talent, we've made 36 job offers to engineering candidates, and 16 of them turned us down.
Timing is everything. Most of us realize that whether it’s meeting that special someone, buying or selling an investment, or just picking the right job opportunity, timing matters. A lot.
Is your support team craving more involvement in decision making? There are lots of good reasons why you should try to involve your employees in decision making when possible.
Leadership & Self-management
A client I worked with earlier this year asked me to come in and help them establish objectives and key results (OKRs) for the entire product development organization — nearly 1500 people. I was thrilled. This was an organization anchored for decades in output-focused management techniques.
You can be a tough leader without being a jerk. In fact, to be authentic, it’s a must. All too often, being a tough leader is confused with simply being a jerk.
You can’t change organizations by implementing new processes alone, so the thinking goes, you have to foster a new culture in order to drive real change.
Leadership teams often spend hours wordsmithing their business’ vision, mission, and strategy, only to hear employees complain, “We don’t have a north star.
Agile, Engineering & Product
IMHO the #1 source of failure is setting entirely wrong expectations. I typically hear this: “We’ll shift a majority of development effort onto our NextGen system, build a 100% plug-compatible replacement for LegacyTech by February 15th, and immediately migrate all customers to NextGen. That lets us minimize work on LegacyTech for the next few quarters and deploy all of Engineering onto NextGen right after launch.”
Magical thinking in almost every word.
We have surveyed 200+ Engineers to find out what they think about technical debt and its impact on businesses.
Part one of a series on how we provide powerful, automated, and scalable data privacy and security engineering capabilities at Airbnb. Our community of hosts and guests trust that we will keep their data safe and honor their privacy rights.
Microservices provide benefits for scalability & performance, but there are security issues. Here are microservices security patterns to follow.
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