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Level Up - Issue #6

You know summer is gone in Europe when the speaking season kicks off. One of my highlight's this week

Level Up

September 22 · Issue #6 · 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.

You know summer is gone in Europe when the speaking season kicks off. One of my highlight’s this week was speaking at a Leadership Summit that Facebook organised in its London HQ bringing together a number of experienced engineering leaders from Europe at different levels. I was fortunate to share the panel with Joanna Chwastowska, Gemma Silvers and Lila Papadoperaki where we discussed, “Leadership Lessons Learned at Different Stages of Growth” facilitated by Nicola Bortignon. There were great topics that engineering leaders at all levels face. A bonus round was listening to a fireside chat between Rachel Burton (HR Director) and Facebook’s CTO, Mike Schroepfer (@shrep).
I hope you enjoy this week’s content and please send me feedback and share with others if you find this useful.

Mike Schroepfer (CTO at Facebook) and Rachel Burton (HR Director at Facebook)
Mike Schroepfer (CTO at Facebook) and Rachel Burton (HR Director at Facebook)
Life’s Work: An Interview with Daniel Boulud
Inspiring Women Leaders in Tech
Let the Wrong One Go
If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work
The boring technology behind a one-person Internet company
Building trust and moving fast in a regulated industry: automated compliance with InSpec
Extended Validation not so... extended? How I revoked $1,000,000 worth of EV certificates!
What broke the bank
Organisation & Processes
Why Don’t We Just Call Agile What It Is: Feminist
Inside Kickstarter’s year of turmoil—and a union effort that could be a first for the tech industry
Ideas Are Cheap
Tips from 16 years of working from home
Interesting tweets
Some simple, but so true:
Angela Bassa
Rules to building an amazing team:
1. Find smart people who are confident and competent in their own field, and curious about almost everything else
2. Know your limits and admit your own ignorance, then let them address questions you don’t know the answer to 👍
3. Repeat 2 ♻️
This is a reminder the change is never easy:
Bjarte Bogsnes
So many companies are presenting way too glossy and sanitized stories about their transformation journey. Change is never structured and orderly. It is only for real when it feels messy. Change is not complicated, it is complex, and sometimes chaotic
Oracle seem to be keeping to pace at creating a regular release train of Java. I’m interested to see the future of Java versus Kotlin with more and more people betting on Kotlin.
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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