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Level Up - Issue #40


Level Up

May 17 · Issue #40 · 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, the hosts of the Human+Tech Podcast (@HumansPlusTech) recorded an episode with me. Aaron (@aaronjrandall) and Amy (@amyjph) made the time fly by where we covered lots of topics like engineering culture, challenges of first time leaders and lots of laughs. They’ve got some great past interviews too, so check out the archives.
One topic that has been coming up again and again over the weeks has been the idea of “time” feeling different. Where it’s hard to keep track of the weeks and days blur together. I suspect it’s part of our human ability to normalise everything. I heard one great idea from some friends which is to ensure you try (and celebrate trying) something unique and different every week.
By trying a new daily/weekly activity:
  1. Experience something new
  2. “Trial” something that may lead to a new skill/hobby/interest
  3. Interrupt the daily/weekly routine
This reminded me of ways to counter hedonic adaptation, a concept I learnt from the “Science of Well-Being” course. Understanding this concept, and learning approaches to counter is not only only useful for you personally, but also useful when helping others like your family, friends and your team 🎉.
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 🙏
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Hedonic adaptation - Our tendency in happiness to "return to where we start with"
Hedonic adaptation - Our tendency in happiness to "return to where we start with"
US piles yet more charges on Theranos CEO, COO. We could do with good blood testing now... and this wasn't it
Product for Internal Platforms
The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet
Healthcare Enterprise Architecture for Epidemics and Pandemics
Microsoft is killing one of the most annoying working from home email habits
GitHub Project - mingrammer/diagrams: Diagram as Code
Organisation & Processes
Here Are Some Easy Tips So You Can Make All Those Zoom Calls Less Exhausting
How (and why) coronavirus is changing our sense of time
Our Team’s Remote Work Tech Stack
Interesting tweets
Correction from last week: I included a tweet last week about what could be run on a Raspberry Pi, and a reader usefully pointed out a later comment it was a joke 😞 I try to verify links but am human and make mistakes 😅.
Yes! Decision logs are very useful indeed!
Adam Tornhill
One of the simplest product development practices is to keep a decision log for technical debt; human memory is fragile, projects rotate staff, and cognitive biases are real. A decision log helps maintaining knowledge and learn from earlier choices.
This is a very sad twitter 🧵 about the state of the modern web without JS
Sarah Withee
I've been using NoScript, a browser extension that disables all JavaScript and lets you enable them on a server-by-server basis. Let me tell you about what I've learned and how broken the internet experience has been since doing this a few weeks ago.

Click through to read this 🧵 where Jez Humble (co-author of Continuous Delivery, Accelerate and more) shares the benefits of sychronous code reviews.
Jez Humble
Another advantage of learning how to do synchronous code review (which is definitely a skill in its own right).
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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