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Level Up - Issue #54

Last week I tried something a bit different for the newsletter introduction. Thanks to you who gave m

Level Up

August 23 · Issue #54 · 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.

Last week I tried something a bit different for the newsletter introduction. Thanks to you who gave me feedback on it. The results were… mixed. Some of you liked the change. Others of you keep up to date with general industry trends and wanted a stronger focus to leadership themes. With an experiment like this and mixed results, I use my north star to calibrate. For me, my current north star is accelerating the growth of technical leaders, software delivery and organisations. It’s a good reminder at a) experimentation is healthy, b) feedback is important and, c) having a strong vision to return to provides clarity.
Ask yourself, what is the your north star for your organisation, team or yourself? What are you doing to remind your team and yourself of what it is and what actions do you take to make it come to life?
I also have some exciting news, aligned to my north star, to share with you next week so keep your eye out for that! 🥳 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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Extreme Programming Creator Kent Beck: Tech Has a Compassion Deficit
Mozilla: The Greatest Tech Company Left Behind
Building resilient services at Prime Video with chaos engineering
A college kid created a fake, AI-generated blog. It reached #1 on Hacker News.
Organisation & Processes
Creating a rewarding journey through an Engineering Growth Framework
Does remote work make software and teamwork better?
Go Slow to Go Fast: Why Process Matters
Shocking no one, not enough foreigners applied for H-1B visas this year so US govt ran a second lottery
Interesting tweets
This thread 🧵 by Neha (@nerdneha) is worth expanding to read what manager’s have done to help people tremendously grow. So much great advice on *what to do* 👏
Hmmm I want to see something 👀

What’s one thing that a manager’s done to skyrocket your growth? 🚀🚀

(please RT so I can get some more stories!)
Given there’s an article about chaos engineering in this edition, this tweet felt appropriate to include
Gavin Mogan
Screw chaos monkey randomly shutting down production machines to test resiliency

People should be given random vacation days to see what knowledge isn't distributed
Something light hearted to end the newsletter with
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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