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Level Up - Issue #33

This week I hosted an Ask Me Anything (AMA) for a company I'm advising. The main topic was coping wit

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March 29 · Issue #33 · 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.

This week I hosted an Ask Me Anything (AMA) for a company I’m advising. The main topic was coping with a crisis - something very relevant in today’s time. Some people asked some tough questions and I enjoyed sharing advice and reflections from my experiences as an employee, leader and from my own personal circumstances.
With AMAs, you will be asked questions outside of your own areas of expertise/experience. As a leader, it’s important to know where your limits are and to publicly acknowledge them. You won’t be a deep expert in all fields. It’s impossible. As leader, your words and actions multiply.
Be careful about giving advice you’re not qualified to give, even if it’s just your opinion. Bad events can happen as a consequence 🥺. It is better to give no opinion, involve experts or redirect the questions to experts who can give a more informed view.
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback. Stay safe and healthy 🙏.

Leading from afar. How to be an effective leader in a remote world
In space, at sea: Tips on isolation from the pros
The Leader of the Free World Gives a Speech, and She Nails It
Engineer to manager and back again (Podcast and Transcript)
Introducing Piranha: An Open Source Tool to Automatically Delete Stale Code
The Story of the PS2’s Backwards Compatibility From the Engineer Who Built It
The History of the URL
Coronavirus Forces Bay Area Techies to Eat Differently, For Better or Worse
Organisation & Processes
Netflix is currently down for many users around the world
What it feels like to be laid off on Zoom during this crisis
Your Agile-built IT platform was 'terrible', Co-Op Insurance chief complained to High Court
Free digital version of The Year Without Pants
Interesting tweets
I had never heard of contingency trees before, but love this example from Mel Conway (@conways_law).
Mel Conway
We might not have the power to control events but we do have the power to be unsurprised by events.

It helps to think in terms of “contingency trees”

Yes, yes, yes! Still ask yourself if there is a strong purpose to a meeting (and a valid purpose is to simply build up rapport/empathy/understanding!) Just be explicit in what your meeting purpose is and don’t mix up concerns. Thanks Simon!
Simon Brunning
I'm adjusting to remote working, and I'm wondering if we try and replicate meatspace working too closely by using Zoom for every conversation, whereas perhaps we should make more use of asynchronous communication channels like Slack?
What an amazing list of recommendations from Snipe (@snipeyhead) to help everyone in this current time, for your team, for your family/friends and for yourself as a leader.
My team is struggling because of CORVID-19. We were already a remote team, but the stress of isolation, 24/7 child care, supporting their partners who are also suffering, etc is getting to them.

I feel so helpless. I put together this list of suggestions for them.
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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