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Level Up - Issue #55

In Level Up Issue #54 I talked about my north star (think of a guiding light, or purpose). One of the

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August 30 · Issue #55 · View online
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In Level Up Issue #54 I talked about my north star (think of a guiding light, or purpose). One of the reasons I went independent way to spend more time accelerating the growth of technical leaders - both existing and those wanting to step into the journey. Like everyone around the world, my plans for 2020 looked quite different. In January, I had many bookings for my Tech Lead Skills for Developers workshop through to the end of summer ☀️. The only catch, it was a 2-day in-person training workshop. I’m sure you know how those plans went… 🚮🤷‍♂️
Personal impact of COVID-19
I had requests to run these online but I knew that running 2-days over VC (Zoom/hangout) was not going to be a great learning experience. It’s one of the reason I built a number of courses at the Tech Lead Academy. The courses at the Tech Lead Academy are designed to be deep dive self-paced courses - allowing technical leaders anywhere around the the world to grow when they need to. However I know that synchronous, group-based learning is a very different experience.
Launch of Shortcut to Tech Leadership, a 3-hour online guided workshop
The great news 🎉 is that I spent a lot of time this summer rebuilding material, reworking exercises, practicing, gathering feedback and constructing a course optimised for a fully remote learning experience. The result is the Shortcut to Tech Leadership, a 3-hour guided interactive workshop. I’m planning only three events until the end of the year, so register now. As a launch special, I am offering Level Up subscribers a 15% discount off registrations with the coupon code “LEVELUP15”. Each course has a limited number of tickets (up to 30), so book now.

Join the workshop, optimised for an online interactive learning experience!
Join the workshop, optimised for an online interactive learning experience!
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Scaling yourself as an engineering manager
How I Taught the ‘Team from Hell’ to Trust Each Other
Looking back on a whirlwind six months leading Microsoft Teams
Meet Reid (Hoffman)
Motoko, a programming language for building directly on the internet
New Case Studies About Google’s Use of Go
Start Me Up: 25 years ago this week, Windows 95 launched and, for a brief moment, Microsoft was almost cool
Increment: APIs
Why Johnny Won't Upgrade
Organisation & Processes
On all that fuckery
Managing feature toggles in teams
Building on a culture of belonging: PwC’s first D&I transparency report
What we've lost in the push to agile software development, and how to get it back
Interesting tweets
Great influencing skills can make a huge difference for the teams leaders are working with.
Autobahn / Cary
News flash: one really effective "non technical" person in infosec who can really influence leadership and drive organizational change is often worth far more than a boatload of technically skilled folks who absolutely hate meetings and can't interact with people
Hilarious 🤣
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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Want to level up your technical leadership skills? Join the Shortcut to Tech Leadership online training workshop, built from the ground up for a distribute remote learning experience. Or check out the self-paced courses at the Tech Lead Academy including “Time Management for Technical Leaders” and “Fundamentals of Systems Thinking”.
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