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Level Up - Issue #30


Level Up

March 8 · Issue #30 · 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.

A good test for leaders is seeing how they react under potentially critical situations. COVID-19 is a really great example of this. If you’re leading a team or organisation I’m sure this has been a central topic this week as data points to an escalating situation. So you’ll find a bunch of related links this week.
For those looking to level up your leadership skills, now is a great time to observe leaders in your own organisation. Observe how they respond to changing information, see how they empathise, communicate transparently and take action without inducing additional stress or panic.
It’s also a great time to observe (and avoid!) signs of poor leadership: Dismissal of information coming from known experts, seeking opinions from their “trusted” circle (often very unqualified and inexperienced in the field), failing to acknowledge and mitigate their confirmation bias and especially putting their self-interest over the greater good.
In other things that happened this week, I was excited to present a new talk at QCON London this week, “Secrets of a Strong Engineering Culture”. I received feedback this resonated with many engineering leaders, confirmed progress and contributed even more ideas to build upon. Although QCON London didn’t cancel - they adapted very clearly to the information they had before the conference. We were given hand sanitiser, automated dispensing stations were also everywhere, and food was individually packed versus a buffet to avoid contamination (at the trade-off of more packaging).
I also received news this week that Dev.Next (Colorado) has been cancelled. My ❤️ goes out to the organising team as I’m sure it was difficult decision to make. I’m sad for the team and for the event. But I’m also partially relieved because I worry about how the US is handling this. We’ve got South Korea offering drive-through testing, Taiwan producing and acting upon a list of 124 action items including using using Big Data to protect its citizens, Singapore’s actions already resulting in a decreasing infection rate, and even Vietnam producing pop songs about hand washing to reach the younger generation.
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback.

A new talk presented at QCON London
A new talk presented at QCON London
Exercising Caution As COVID-19 Situation Evolves
How to respond to COVID-19
Being VP of Engineering is harder than being CEO
The computer pioneer who built modern China
RIP Katherine Johnson: The extraordinary NASA mathematician astronauts trusted over computers
The Elephant in the Architecture
The growth of command line options, 1979-Present
I want off Mr. Golang's Wild Ride
Organisation & Processes
On mid-career and the scope of work
Coping with Covid-19
Microsoft protecting the income of hourly workers
Coronavirus (COVID-19) PSA for Startups
Interesting tweets
This is such a great use of privilege and also an amazing demonstration of being a good leader 👏. Although partially I was thinking, please don’t touch your face so much! 😅 Click through to hear with Jurgen Klopp (@JurgenOfficial) has to say
EPL Bible
Jurgen Klopp's response when asked about Coronavirus is absolutely class.

This is spot on. It’s impossible to dislike this man. 👏
This is certainly an impressive use of tech for transparency (although questionable on the privacy angle!)
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I'm stunned by the depth of #coronavirus information being released in #Singapore. On this website you can see every known infection case, where the person lives and works, which hospital they got admitted to, and the network topology of carriers, all laid out on a time-series
Click through for some great links that HBR provide leaders tools for the current tough situation 🧵
Harvard Business Review
#Covid_19 is already disrupting numerous aspects of everyday business. We've developed some tools that can help leaders navigate during this time of uncertainty. We've also lifted our paywall on all of them. ⬇️ (Thread)
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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