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Level Up - Issue #22

I hope you have had a great start to the year 😊. I know from experience, the start of the year can be

Level Up

January 12 · Issue #22 · 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.

I hope you have had a great start to the year 😊. I know from experience, the start of the year can be very hectic 😫 with everyone coming back and eager to get started. I have experienced the same after starting my new journey and experiment. Everyone is keen to move topics forward that may have slowed down over the holiday break.
Time management is a key skill for all leaders. It’s a topic I’ve helped many through mentoring and coaching. Remember, if you’re not managing your time, other people are. You need to ask yourself if you’re spending time on the topics that have the most impact, and if you’re working on topics that enable others to have the greatest impact too.
A key tip is to ensure you allocate time to prioritise your energy. Make time to think about where you *should* spend time, over simply following how others ask you to spend time.
In this edition, I share a couple of people reflecting on their journey to be a technical leader and what that means. Their stories may resonate with you if you’ve been on this journey before, or help you prepare if you’re looking to step into a similar role in the year ahead.
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback.

A Decade in Review: 7 Lessons Learned (sometimes the hard way)
My Decade in Review — Overreacted
Becoming a Technical Leader
My Tech Lead journey
10 Questions with Shupin Mao, Well-Being tech lead
A Decade in Review in Tech
What Happened In The 2010s
Products Elad Gil Wish Existed, 2020 Edition
The 2010s in Software Development
Your most important architecture decisions might be the ones you didn’t know you made
Microservices and Biological Systems
A Decade of Product Management
Organisation & Processes
Decade in review: Software developers and cloud architects in demand and well paid
Opening Up Our Internal Handbook
New Templates for Today’s Organizations (from 1974!)
Interesting tweets
This is such a great tip when you’re looking for “up to date” materials.
Taylor Poindexter
Dev tip: Add "after:2018" to the end of every Google search for solutions to technical issues. It filters the results with fewer clicks. 💁🏾‍♀️
A lovely twitter thread with some great answers. Click through to read the replies.
Julie Zhuo
What’s your most important life lesson that you wish you learned ten years earlier?
Everything is connected 😲 sometimes when you don’t want them to be!
Roy van Rijn
You've got to be shitting me...

One of our office chairs turns off monitors... we couldn't believe it, but we have it on tape.

Surprisingly, there even is a known issue for it:
Too right!
James Hickey 🇨🇦👨‍💻
Building microservices is easy. What's hard:

- Discovering proper boundaries
- Integrating services (Messaging vs RPC)
- Error handling (resiliency)
- Sociotechno concerns (team boundaries, org changes)

Can you think of any more?

#microservices #dddesign #softwareengineering
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