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December 13 · Issue #70 · View online

Level Up delivers a curated newsletter for leaders in tech. A project by http://patkua.com. Ideal for busy people such as Tech Leads, Engineering Managers, VPs of Engineering, CTOs and more.


Reflecting on the past
In the last few issues, I’ve written about taking time to celebrate, focusing on one more thing before the end of the year and grounding yourself in gratefulness. Most of you and your team are likely to be preparing for the holiday season. I, too, will be on a break until the new year at the end of next week (although expect Level Up to still come out 😉)
I find this quieter time of year a perfect time to reflect on the past year and to prepare for the coming year with a personal retrospective. I asked on twitter if there would be interest in the template I’m using this year and there seemed to be some positive reactions to this 🙏 As such, you can find the template, complete with instructions, here. If you have a Google Account, you’ll be able to make a copy, or if not, at least download it in alternative formats like Word, OpenDoc, or RTF.
Add a comment, suggest a change, or email me to let me know what you think. I hope it helps you reflect on this challenging year and prepare for the year to come.
Enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone you think would benefit. Stay safe and healthy 🙏
New dates for Q1/2021 🥳 for the online workshop, “Shortcut to Tech Leadership” are now released. Have some training budget left for 2020? Sign up for the workshop, or a take a self-driven course at the http://techlead.academy.

Take the time to reflect on how 2020 went for you to prepare for 2021
Take the time to reflect on how 2020 went for you to prepare for 2021
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Leadership
What It's Like to Be an Engineering Manager on a Product-Oriented Team
We read the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google. Here’s what it says
I don’t normally include tweets in this section, but this twitter thread from Vladik Khononov (@vladikk) is an excellent example of effective communication. It builds a story, highlights a lesson and done in an engaging manner accessible to all people - including non-technical people. A super useful skill to continue building as a technical leader. Click through to read the entire thread.
Vladik Khononov
What do you see in the picture? A piece of cardboard? Some junk? No! — It’s a model!

Thread on models and bounded contexts 1/9

#DDDesign #BoundedContext https://t.co/URvUGh6Ho7
Click the image to see new dates in Q1/2021 for Shortcut to Tech Leadership
Click the image to see new dates in Q1/2021 for Shortcut to Tech Leadership
Tech
Happy silver jubilee to JavaScript, king of the web at 25 and still hanging on to its crown, for now
From Lambda to Lambda-less: Lessons learned
The State of the Art for IoT
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Organisation & Processes
Can developer productivity be measured?
Greece to offer 50% income tax cut to lure remote workers during pandemic
France fines Google, Amazon €135m total for slipping ad cookies into people's computers without permission
Interesting tweets
Maybe a good reason that AI isn’t ready to take over the world 😂
Janelle Shane
me: i wonder what would happen if i trained the neural net gpt-2 on christmas carols?

me: ...

me: oh NO
https://t.co/yabUIwvDgh https://t.co/MRdEZX37Nr
Some great reading ideas (maybe even gifts for the holiday season) to broaden your and others’ perspectives
Casey Fiesler, PhD, JD, geekD
Someone on TikTok asked if I could recommend books about tech ethics and I have never been so hyped to create a piece of content in my life. https://t.co/0N4MsnOJs3 https://t.co/61LCHOVyOX
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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Want to level up your technical leadership skills? Watch out for future dates for the Shortcut to Tech Leadership online workshop, or check out self-paced courses at the Tech Lead Academy including “Time Management for Technical Leaders” and “Fundamentals of Systems Thinking”.
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