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Level Up - Issue #45


Level Up

June 21 · Issue #45 · 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.

I’m excited to tell you about the launch of the Tech Lead Academy‘s newest course, “Fundamentals of Systems Thinking”. Building software is inherently a complex adaptive system. We rely on so many moving parts (people and technology) that constantly interact and evolve to create unpredictable and complex behaviour. I stumbled across Systems Thinking early on my career and have drawn on these tools to help leaders and companies adopt agile ways of working, digitally transform and understand how to build high performing teams and tech organisations.
Systems Thinking provides a useful basis for thinking about any type of system - be it economic, environmental, health (i.e. COVID-19) or software systems. In the course I share how I’ve used Systems Thinking in the context o building software - something you won’t find in other books. We explore answers to questions like, “Why isn’t the team going faster?” or “How can two people disagree and still be right?”
As a subscriber to Level Up and to celebrate the launch of the course, I’m offering you a one-time 25% discount off the course price. Register for the course using this link here (discount automatically applied). This offer will be valid until Jul 15, 2020 in case you need time for approval to training budgets.
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 🎉

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Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging for All Learning Path (Course)
Trapped in a Values Oasis.
Six Former eBay Employees Charged with Aggressive Cyberstalking Campaign Targeting Natick Couple
Managing During Coronavirus Time
The Return of the 90s Web
Microsoft: Rust Is the Industry’s ‘Best Chance’ at Safe Systems Programming – The New Stack
Eliminate Abandoned Resources
Organisation & Processes
Surviving the Organisational Side Quest
Automating safe, hands-off deployments
Facebook vs. Google: 10 Contrasts for Engineering Careers
Recruitment in Berlin Survey Results [Recruitment Journeys PDF]
What I’ve learned from 10 years of remote working
Interesting tweets
In this thread 🧵 @anjuan shares some very powerful experiences many of us never have and never will. Read it to expand your own experiences.
I've worked in software development for over 20 years, and most of my career has been in management. I want to share something about the reality of working as a Black man fulfilling leadership roles in tech.
Great technical leaders are not only aware of the changing technology landscape but also keep an eye out for the changing business landscape. This is an excellent thread 🧵 and a fun metaphor describing the state of today’s business landscape. It covers “the streaming archipelago”, the “Alibaba iceberg” and the “Joe Rogan lagoon” protected by the “Spotify atoll” 😂
Morning Brew ☕️
so we're actually gonna unpack this

buckle up

a thread breaking down the Business Landscape
A reminder of what leaders encourage/allow and their consequences.
Sten 👨🏾‍💻🤷🏾‍♂️
Related: if your meetings require people to say « fuck », « it’s fucked », « unfuck this » to be listened to, then you’ve created a place where discussions are emotional and irrational.

Now your team equals being aggressive to making a point.
Some very good use of AR 🤯
Banana for Scale 🍌📏
Washington DC new metro pass displays the metro map with augmented reality when you look at it with your phone or smart glasses.
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” and “Fundamentals of Systems Thinking”.
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