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November 6 · Issue #169 · View online

Level Up delivers a curated newsletter for leaders in tech. A project by https://patkua.com. Ideal for busy people such as Tech Leads, Engineering Managers, VPs of Engineering, CTOs and more.


Going beyond “it depends”
Poor leaders blindly copy what they see around them, or read a book and apply the “best practice.” Good leaders know that “it depends” but the hard question is determining what “it” depends on. Good leaders know that “it” is your context.
Step 1 is first knowing that you should be careful about taking action because others will have a different context. This might mean a different organisation size, different product history, different team dynamics, or different constraints. Hesitation is good!
Step 2 requires asking questions like, “What value will I get if I get this action?”, “Do I have the same challenge/problem as other leaders?” or “Has this been tried before?”
Step 3 is looking to make change as reversible as possible. My favourite technique is about limiting size or time - such as trying a change with a small group of people, or for a time-limited time with an explicit review to ask, “Am I getting the value I seek?”
Your challenge this week is to think more deliberately about what you do as a leader or as a team. Are you doing it because others do it? Or are you doing it because you’re aware of your context?
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Best practice depends on context. Do you know what your context is?
Best practice depends on context. Do you know what your context is?
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