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Level Up - Issue #42


Level Up

May 31 · Issue #42 · 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 has been a lighter on meetings, which means having more time 🎉. Spare time is hard for leaders to find, but it’s the key to effective leadership. It’s also one of the reasons I offer time management training. When you have spare time you can plan, decide how to have the most impact and think deeply about important topics.
With additional spare time, I’ve focused on more writing. Writing is also an important skill for everyone to develop, but is even more important for leaders. Like all skills writing is something you can improve, practice and are never “done” with. Writing scales more than the spoken word, which is one reason you want to invest in better written communication. As the old saying goes, “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.”
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 🙏
Level up your leadership skills with better time management. Register for the new online course, “Time Management for Technical Leaders” from the Tech Lead Academy 🎉

The Definition of a Tech Lead
Building psychological safety
A Framework for Emergent Strategy
Dealing with Difficult People
Books about Designing Systems of Scale
How Khan Academy Successfully Handled 2.5x Traffic in a Week
AWS services explained in one line each
Celebrate Seventeen (Wordpress is almost an adult!)
The 2020 Developer Survey results are here!
Organisation & Processes
Stripe's remote engineering hub, one year in
Managers — Look at Your Engineers’ PRs
A Guide to Threat Modelling for Developers
How Lyft does remote learning differently
(Remote) Team Building: Start on the Right Foot with the Team Member Canvas
Interesting tweets
Regardless of your personal feelings for Jack, this statement is a strong example of good leadership. Leaders need to create safety for their team and employees, not shifting blame to others.
Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me. Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.
Neer Sharma (@thisisneer) offers a fun set of patterns including visuals of different types of 1:1s.
Different types of 1:1 conversations visualised:

Communication matters!
Daniel Vaughn
One of my employees recently made a conscious decision to be friendlier in his emails. Same content, just with better greetings, friendly phrases, and the like. It's a small change but it's made a world of difference in how his text-based communication comes across.
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 or check out the Tech Lead Academy online course on “Time Management for Technical Leaders
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