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Level Up - Issue #52


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August 8 · Issue #52 · 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.

Jez Humble, co-author of the book Continuous Delivery, tweeted a reminder that the book was released 10 years ago. I still remember when the book came out and would never have predicted its wide reaching impact. I was fortunate to work on part of the project 15 years ago that lead to Jez and Dave writing the book. Back then I still remember it was a struggle getting some teams to do Continuous Integration properly!
It’s a reminder how powerful writing down seemingly “obvious” ideas can be. With the right timing and audience it can have a dramatic impact and is essential in such a fast moving industry like tech. It’s also a useful leadership habit to continue developing - writing down ideas, lessons learned and keeping a journal.
I challenge you to try doing more of it this week and see what it brings you.
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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Remembering Frances E. Allen
What I learned in my first year of being a Manager
Managing - Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right
Tales of the Autistic Developer
Building dashboards for operational visibility
Introducing the Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework
Terapeak Research 2.0 - Making the Data Processing Pipeline Robust
Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates
Python Typosquatting for Fun not Profit
Patterns of Distributed Systems
Organisation & Processes
The Value of Spare Capacity
Best structure for platform teams (Video)
Microsoft Analyzed Data on Its Newly Remote Workforce
Team Health. Health indicators when managing and leading a team
Interesting tweets
This is a great cheat code! 👏
Zach Leatherman
My team @netlify has a dedicated ten minutes in our retros for intra-team thank yous and I’ve never witnessed anything else in my entire career have a higher team morale payoff than this. Feels like a cheat code.
I saw a number of twitter threads this week about how a CS degree is essential in software. But that is simply a form of gatekeeping. I have to echo the co-founder of GitHub’s experience where I have worked with so many brilliant software engineers, many who didn’t have a CS degree (and often had no degree).
Tom Preston-Werner
I don't have a CS degree...or any degree. Some of our best engineers at GitHub never even graduated high school. But also, some of them had a BS, masters, or PhD in CS. Amazing programmers come from all backgrounds. Using formal education as a hiring filter is nonsense.
Since a large part of tech is constantly learning (which is why a mandatory CS degree is baseless), this tweet is a reminder about the joy that learning brings. Click through for some joyful reactions that will make you smile 😊.
Tony Hawk
One of the few positive effects of these scary times is the increased interest in skateboarding. It’s been uplifting to see so many learning to skate in their “downtime.” I believe they’re in pursuit of the same feeling this Ukrainian girl got when she landed her first kickflip.
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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