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Level Up - Issue #24

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This week for me has been a lot about conferences - both organising the logistics of speaking at them
 

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January 26 · Issue #24 · View online
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This week for me has been a lot about conferences - both organising the logistics of speaking at them, reviewing a number of older talks and planning new talks. This year I’m cutting back on the number of conferences I’m speaking at. Having said that though, you’ll soon find me in March at QCON London (discount code SPEAK75PatLN20) and the inaugural Dev.Next conference Colorado, USA (discount code LEARNWITHME) being run by Venkat Subramaniam (@venkat_s).
As well as speaking at conferences, I also take part in steering committees for a number of tech conferences. I’m particularly excited to share one of the latest that I’m a member of that will be relevant for many of you - The inaugural Manager of Manager’s event (London). It’s organised by the lovely folks behind Lead Dev. I’m sharing it here as many of you on this list know firsthand the differences moving from a manager/leader of a team to managing/leader other managers/leads.
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback.

Leadership
40 Lessons From 40 Years - Steve Schlafman
The Iron Triangle: Influencing Behaviors and Creating Outcomes
On being "technical" as an engineering manager
Tech
Technical Research and Preparation
The 'No Code' Delusion
82-Year-Old Japanese Woman Finds Success in Coding
Organisation & Processes
Universal Scalability for Orgs
On Accountability in Software Development
12 Books Product Managers should Read in 2020
Goldman won't take companies public without 'at least one diverse board candidate,' CEO says
Interesting tweets
Yes, yes, yes!
Joshua Kerievsky
One of the top most damaging pieces of advice given by largely non-technical #agile people is:

"Start with #Scrum, and once you've gained experience with it, then adopt the technical practices."

That either never occurs or happens after you've produced a big ball of mud.
Code today continues to evolve. I totally agree with the sentiment in this tweet of not becoming too attached to it.
Felix Müller
Never love your code. It’s just a temporary picture of your imperfect understanding of incomplete requirements made in the attempt to hit moving target of product/solution/market fit.
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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