Level Up

By Patrick Kua

Level Up - Issue #36



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Level Up

April 20 · Issue #36 · 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.

(Apologies for the delay - I had some scheduling issues! 😅)
Last week I mentioned I had some very exciting news to share… This week I’d like to announce the launch of the Tech Lead Academy 🎊🎉🎇 I’ve had many requests in the past to scale my knowledge beyond in-person workshops. The current COVID-19 situation gave me both time and the opportunity to bring this project forward. My goal with the Tech Lead Academy is to help you advance your skills in whatever situation you’re in.
The first course now available is “Time Management for Technical Leaders.” Time management is a topic many first time, and even experienced technical leaders struggle with, so I want to share how I manage my own time. These techniques allowed me in my last role as CTO to keep relatively sane, structured up until the point I was managing about a 200 person tech team, before I had the help of an Executive Assistant! Hopefully they help you.
To celebrate the launch, I’m offering newsletter subscribes a one-time only 20% discount for the course. Register for the course using this link here (discount automatically applied). This offer will be valid until the end of April, 2020.
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 🙏

The only truthful answer to any question about management
How to Help Your Team Speak Up
Leadership Story: Duretti Hirpa, Formerly Staff Engineer at Mailchimp
Refactoring: This class is too large
The Computer Scientist Who Can’t Stop Telling Stories
10 Most(ly dead) Influential Programming Languages
Mathematician John Horton Conway, a ‘magical genius’ known for inventing the ‘Game of Life,’ dies at age 82
GitHub is now free for teams
Organisation & Processes
Feedback Frameworks—“The Loop”
Remote work: Working together when we’re not together
Avoid, avoid avoid: Splunk Remote Work Insights
Moderating Discussions Over Video
Interesting tweets
A great cartoon from Vincent Déniel (@vincentdnl) 😂
Vincent Déniel
A drawing I made today: technical debt (or more likely a rotten codebase), explained to non-technical people! https://t.co/SKq9X9zM3J
Click through to read a bit more about the 🐔🤖 and the seemingly positive effect its had! Hilarious tech invention.
Hamilton Nolan
If I Told You My Idea Was a Robot That Harasses Chickens, You Wouldn’t Believe Me. But That’s My Best Idea. By Thomas Friedman https://t.co/GVaJ2yoah4
What a cool AR Proof of Concept 🤯
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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If you’re interested in growing and supporting technical leaders in your company, get in touch about my “Tech Lead Skills for Developers” course.
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