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Level Up - Issue #26

One of the enjoyable aspects of mentoring and coaching is being asked good questions. This week, one

Level Up

February 9 · Issue #26 · 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.

One of the enjoyable aspects of mentoring and coaching is being asked good questions. This week, one particularly interesting question came up, “What’s a good reason to become a Technical Leader?” Think about the core reason for a minute.
For me, a key transition is making the mental model shift from Maker to Multiplier. You prioritise less about your own personal output to enabling and multiplying what others produce. This often means solving conflict so people aren’t working against each other, leading people towards the same goal. Or managing the environment to remove impediments.
I think two very bad reasons to want to become a Technical Leader is for the title and/or the money. These reasons will often create first time Technical Leaders who represent all of the bad examples when you think about “that bad leader and/or manager.”
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback. Or send me your thoughts on what’s a good reason to become a Technical Leader?

How to reduce 'attention residue' in your life
Rethinking Middle Management
Open source licenses: 2019 year in review
Scaling to 100k Users
Monoliths are the future
How Smashing Magazine Manages Content: Migration From WordPress To JAMstack
Organisation & Processes
Trail running - A meditation on being a startup founder
Boeing 737 Max: New Software Problem Discovered on Grounded Plane
Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin
Interesting tweets
Fascinating stats! 😲
Jon Ma
Atlassian breaks down its view on market size:

🧠800 million knowledge workers
🤓100 million technical professionals
😮50 million registered Trello users
💻23 million software developers

👉Software devs make up only ~3% of all knowledge workers!
So true! And yet many engineers don’t think they need a manager… 🤔
Adrienne Porter Felt
A solid 10% of being an engineering manager is asking two people if they've talked to each other yet
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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