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Level Up - Issue #46


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June 28 · Issue #46 · 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.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a number of invites to speak on panels, conferences and podcasts. I usually ask who else is speaking, or for a link to their website to look at past events/episodes. I’ve turned a couple of invites down specifically because their guests have been mostly male, mostly white. In these cases, I politely decline and suggest they use my space to find an under-represented person. This is what I call making space.
As a leader, you can choose to take space, or make space for others. When you attend a meeting, you can make space, by inviting others to share their opinions before you do. When you take part in events, you can make space for others by inviting people to co-present, or even asking them to take your place.
I like to think of making space as a special form of delegation, but with the intent of hearing from lesser-heard voices. When done well, like delegation, making space is a win-win for everyone. You get time back and you also help people grow, have new experiences and opportunities. Ask yourself, when did you last make space?
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What is an Engineering Manager?
Stuff I've learned about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion over the past few years.
Reflections on 12 months at Wizeline
Principles for Managing a Remote Team
kelseyhightower/nocode (GitHub Repository)
Discovering Dennis Ritchie’s Lost Dissertation
Rust Breaks into TIOBE Top 20 Most Popular Programming Languages
After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good
Organisation & Processes
When employee stock options pay off
The Goal Fits the Team
Hiring Agile Coaches
Interesting tweets
Although I’ve not included any articles about the new email service provided by, this is a nice “behind the scenes” tweet of their tech stack.
The HEY stack:
- Vanilla Ruby on Rails on the backend, running on edge
- Stimulus, Turbolinks, Trix + NEW MAGIC on the front end
- MySQL for DB (Vitess for sharding)
- Redis for short-lived data + caching
- ElasticSearch for indexing
I know this feeling… 😅
Interesting practice I don’t see regularly implemented 🤔
Steve Smith
"All builds run without network access to isolate the builds and encourage build reproducibility" is one of those little touches I always recommend 👍. It's a great way to ensure unit tests are actually unit tests. A pipeline should be opinionated and an enabling constraint 14/n
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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