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Level Up - Issue #48

At the start of the week I took part in an online panel titled, "The Multiple Faces of Technical Lead

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July 12 · Issue #48 · View online
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At the start of the week I took part in an online panel titled, “The Multiple Faces of Technical Leadership” with Anna Shipman (@annashipman), Omosolo Odetunde (@omosolatweets) and moderated by Piergiorgio Niero (@pigiuz). In one part of the discussion, Omosolo brought up the term, “role inertia” which I really loved. We were discussing the idea of calling roles out explicitly and this ideas has so many implications for org design and particularly org evolution. In the video you can hear me discuss the implications of “role inertia” (around about the 50min mark) which I see as particularly problematic when people attach their identity or value-add to a role. As the organisation’s needs change and different roles and skills are required, “role inertia” makes transitions much more difficult. You’ve experienced this if you’ve worked on “digital transformation”, or “agile enablement” or “hosted to cloud” based migrations. To counteract “role inertia,” it’s important leaders cultivate psychological safety, a growth mindset and offer retraining opportunities.
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Panel on "The Multiple faces of Technical Leadership"
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Making GAINS (💪) in Reddit Engineering
Making Time to Change, Part 1
It’s Time to Reset Decision-Making in Your Organization
10 Years of “Continuous Delivery” (and competition to win a signed, first-edition of the book)
Visio,, LucidChart, Gliffy, etc - not recommended for software architecture diagrams
What Happened To Programming In The 2010s?
The Designer Of The NES Dishes The Dirt On Nintendo's Early Days
Go is Boring...And That’s Fantastic!
Organisation & Processes
23 Alternative Career Paths that Software Developers Can Grow Into
Questionable Advice: Can (Individual) Engineering Productivity Be Measured?
Goal based performance and progress tracking
Interesting tweets
Senior Oops Engineer
please stop turning good engineers into bad managers by "promoting" them
Continuing with this theme is a great analogy 😂
Fourteen macaws in a trenchcoat
Going from Staff Engineer IC to new manager is like getting your black belt in Taekwondo and then deciding competitive swimming is a great next endeavor.
The replies to this 🧵 are eye opening
cat swetel 🌵
I once had an SVP who required at least one woman be on every hiring panel. I thought this was to ensure women candidates got a fair shot and felt welcome. Soon I realized this was also to ensure only candidates able to work in a gender diverse workplace were hired.
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