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Level Up - Issue #17

It's been another busy week leveling up other engineers with another Tech Lead workshop and having th

Level Up

December 8 · Issue #17 · View online
Level Up delivers a curated newsletter for leaders in tech. A project by Ideal for busy people such as Tech Leads, Engineering Managers, VPs of Engineering, CTOs and more.

It’s been another busy week leveling up other engineers with another Tech Lead workshop and having the pleasure of presenting the opening keynote for the inaugural Lead Dev Berlin conference. Given so many interactions I found myself reflecting on the need for leaders to manage their energy. If you’re tired, stressed or feeling overwhelmed, it’s human and very natural to snap at unexpected times, react stronger to smaller triggers and behave in a way you’re likely to regret.
Remind yourself that self-care is a keystone leadership habit. Remind yourself that self-care is a keystone leadership habit. Taking care of yourself will give you more energy to be a more effective leader, to engage more productively in conversations and to create an environment that helps others level up.
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback.

Leaving Atlassian after 15 years
Mastering New Leadership Styles
Former Away employees describe a toxic work environment at the luggage company
Full Google Mail in a clean room browser
WebSockets vs Server-Sent Events
Shopify merchants break records with $2.9+ billion in worldwide sales over Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend
Lawrence Mandel
Internet: Ruby doesn’t scale.
Ruby: Sorry. I’m busy over here processing $1.5M+ USD Gross Merchant Value (GMV) per minute and 14K+ orders per minute running global #BFCM with @ShopifyEng.

#ruby #scale 💪💪💪 #lifeatshopify
Preventing the Top Security Weaknesses Found in Stack Overflow Code Snippets
Organisation & Processes
GitHub’s CTO on Architecting Engineering Teams That Scale
Improving Coding Standards and Quality
Project Portfolio Problems Masquerade as Project Problems
Watching time: 21:30mins
I was fortunate to watch an earlier version of this talk from Piotr Majkowski. I like this because it also shows the Spotify’s journey and how they continually improveme their structure and roles. When I saw an early version of this talk, I also had the pleasure of also chatting to some people at Spotify about topics like Tech Leads, Engineering Managers and the Trident Model of Career Development.
Piotr Majkowski - Spotify’s transition from Chapter Leads into Engineering Managers
Santa's Performance Management System
Interesting tweets
This is a good twitter thread around how to run (or rather not run) interviews.
Lisa van Gelder
I’ve done a ton of interviewing over the last two months as I’ve looked for my next job after Meetup, & there are some anti-patterns I’ve seen a lot of companies fall into. Thread
This is gold 😂
Alex Pounds
Somebody once told me Haskell programmers will be first against the wall when the revolution comes. I said no, he was wrong; Haskell doesn’t guarantee execution order.
A great twitter thread (click through) for advice for first time managers.
Ella Dawson
Here's some of the best advice I got when I became a manager last year! It's simple, but considering most people receive no management training whatsoever these days, it's better than nothing. Thread!
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