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Level Up - Issue #23

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We are well into the start of 2020! A special round number that marks the passage of time. Although w
 

Level Up

January 19 · Issue #23 · View online
Level Up delivers a curated newsletter for leaders in tech. A project by http://patkua.com. Ideal for busy people such as Tech Leads, Engineering Managers, VPs of Engineering, CTOs and more.

We are well into the start of 2020! A special round number that marks the passage of time. Although we can reflect or take action at any time, it’s very human that the start of a new year or a special anniversary (1 year, 5 years, etc) triggers this process.
Like these significant events, coaching and asking different questions or offering an alternative perspective can also lead to new insights. Why don’t you try this coming week to ask yourself a different question, or to purposefully seek a different perspective. You may learn something different. I certainly have this week.
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback.

Leadership
James Stanier - My book has been released in beta
20 books that all leaders should read in 2020
Your first 90 days as CTO or VP Engineering.
Tech
How is computer programming different today than 20 years ago?
Where programming languages are headed in 2020
20 Predictions about Software Development trends in 2020
From 15,000 database connections to under 100: DigitalOcean's tale of tech debt
Organisation & Processes
On Pair Programming
Work Is Work: In which returns diminish.
Interesting tweets
I’m definitely thankful this is a skill that working in agile environments have helped me with!
Addy Osmani
Learning to break down problems into smaller pieces is one of the most important skills in computer science / life.
A great twitter thread about an alternative approach to performance management.
Bryan Cantrill
So, my thoughts on engineering performance management have always been a bit idiosyncratic, but Matt's tweets today have me reflecting, so... storytime. 1/ https://t.co/Jr9Kf23WZZ
Click through to see the 🤦 video.
Mat Velloso
"AI powered" these days means your thing uses electricity https://t.co/pby0oWBIle
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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