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Level Up - Issue #65


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November 8 · Issue #65 · 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.

Shining a light on darkness
It’s been a busy week for me having keynoted the inaugral QConHUB with “The Evolution of Engineering Excellence”, running a remote workshop for folks in SE Asia in partnership with Agile Singapore, holding an Ask Me Anything (AMA) with the GOTO group, and hosting a private follow-up discussion for a large group of people who signed up for the Systems Thinking Fundamentals course on top of the normal weekly activities.
One topic that repeated in conversations this week was the idea of technical leaders shining light on darkness. For some teams, “darkness” might mean unknown technical debt, and shining a light means identifying and visualising the technical debt. For other teams, “darkness” might represent their worries about the company or job stability. Shining a light in this situation means listening carefully to fears and iterating known facts. For others, “darkness” might be the stress and fears from what many people read in the press and shining a light might be acknowledging these feelings and giving time and space for people to process this.
What are you doing to shine a light on darkness for your team? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so feel free to send me a quick reply.
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else. Stay safe and healthy 🙏
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It's hard to know where you're going without light
It's hard to know where you're going without light
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A great example of shining a light
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A great twitter thread 🧵 about prioritisation issues that hide behind strategy issues. Click on the tweet to expand the thread
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“My team has a prioritization problem. Help!“

Product prioritization, a thread:
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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