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Level Up - Issue #31


Level Up

March 15 · Issue #31 · 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.

As the COVID-19 situation escalates in both Europe and the US, we’re starting to see more leaders take action. In this week’s edition I’ve included some articles that touched upon moving to a remote ways of working. Many people in technology or knowledge work are often privileged to have this flexibility. Remind yourself that people in other industries (e.g. retail, service, etc) don’t share this privilege.
Like many of you, my own personal business has been impacted with travel, training and other events cancelled. I’m acknowledge my privilege to have a situation where this won’t immediately affect my quality of life but once again - others don’t share that same situation. I urge you to please support your local businesses as they will be having a hard time during this period. I certainly will be. 🙏
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback.

Boeing's 'culture of concealment' led to fatal 737 Max crashes, report finds
From Zero to CTO: Pat Kua is in the spotlight
5 Leadership Lessons: Tireless—Key Principles That Drive Success Beyond Business School
The Bumpy Road Code Smell: Measuring Code Complexity by its Shape and Distribution
“Let’s use Kubernetes!” Now you have 8 problems
Ready for changes with Hexagonal Architecture
Remote Work Toolkit - NoHQ
Analyzing the Impact of Coronavirus on Meetups
Organisation & Processes
Technical Writing Course from Google
Coronavirus: The Black Swan of 2020
Transitioning from Offices to Distributed Teams during a Crisis
What To Do if Your Elite Team Becomes Distributed Overnight In Response To Coronavirus
A Distributed Meeting Primer
The below video is from Ted Tencza (@darthted) shares some lessons learned about remote teams.
YOW! CTO 2019 - Ted Tencza - Remote Teams: 5 Things I am Doing Wrong and Maybe You Should Too.
Interesting tweets
A lot of truth in this 😅
David Hoang
Leadership role expectations:

- 24/7 thought leadership
- Conference speaking
- Podcasts interviews

Leadership role reality:

- Saying the same things over again consistently at scale
- Asking two teams if they’ve talked to each other
- Finding where that Google doc is
This is a very generous offer 👏
Jason Fried
For the foreseeable future, we’ll be refunding the purchase price of our book “REMOTE: Office Not Required”. Buy a copy, tweet me a picture of you holding the book w/ a sales receipt dated 3/10/20 or later, and we’ll PayPal you a complete refund (DM your email, please).
This is a very disappointing move from Oracle 😡
Joshua Bloch
In a corporate blog yesterday, Oracle attacked 83 computer scientists (including 13 Turing Award winners) who signed an amicus brief defending our right to reimplement APIs, on the grounds that some of us accepted research grants from Google.
The unknown unknowns and unexpected consequences… 😅
Jacob Rossi
Today in unexpected mass work from home problems:

Facebook's VPN IP got banned from DoorDash because so many people were trying to order food from home while connected to the corporate network.
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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