How to plan? | Kellan Elliott-McCreakellanem.com/notes/how-to-plan
Let’s also set aside the question of trade-offs for the moment, except to say, trade-offs are the very heart of engineering and engineering leadership. Software as a medium is so malleable that functionally anything can be made to work. Any language, architecture, approach, style, process, etc can be made to work given sufficient effort. Meaning we find ourselves not asked to choose between right and wrong answers, but between trade-offs.
There are three types of meetings.camdaigle.com/posts/three-types-of-meetings/
Not more, not less – just better.# I'll go ahead and tell you this up front: my system isn't necessarily a path to having fewer meetings. After all, everyone's threshold for 'too many meetings' is different based on what helps them feel effective at their role, and every company's need for meetings is dependent upon the work they're trying to accomplish. I'm hoping this system helps you have better meetings – that the people running the meeting feel like it's worth their time to run...
Work Is Work | codahale.comcodahale.com//work-is-work/
In which returns diminish.
The term ‘quiet quitting’ is worse than nonsense | Financial Timesft.com/content/a09a2ade-4d14-47c2-9cca-599b3c25a33f
If your staff turn up every day, do exactly what you ask of them, but don’t go above and beyond, they are still working
Quality Is Systemic - Jacob Kaplan-Mossjacobian.org/2022/sep/9/quality-is-systemic/
If your team is producing defective code, consider that it may not be because they all suck at their jobs. It’s probably because the environment isn’t allowing them to produce quality software.
Build Your Career on Dirty Work | Stay SaaSystaysaasy.com/career/2022/09/11/Dirty-Work.html
The Dirty Work Theory: The lamentable work that many people avoid are great places to look for high impact, low hanging fruit.
Why public chats are better than direct messages - Teamplify blogteamplify.com/blog/why-public-chats-are-better-than-direct-messages/
As a result, when you send a direct message, you distract your colleague, but when you post a message in a group chat, you don't distract them (unless you mention someone explicitly via @). From our experience, the vast majority of work questions are not so urgent that they require an immediate response. Most topics can be discussed asynchronously – you post a question when you have time, and your teammates will respond when they have time. It greatly helps to minimize distractions,...
Official myths | A Working Libraryaworkinglibrary.com/writing/official-myths
Let’s engage with office culture as it really is, not how we imagine it used to be.
Your Career Is Just One-Eighth of Your Life - The Atlantictheatlantic.com/newsletters/archive/2022/09/career-ambition-advice-data/671374/
Five pieces of career advice, shaped by economics, psychology, and a little bit of existential math
The productivity tax you pay for context switchingasync.twist.com/context-switching/
How distraction became our default way of working and what you can do to reclaim your focus
How finishing what you start makes teams more productive and predictablelucasfcosta.com/2022/07/19/finish-what-you-start.html
Let’s be honest. When you read this post’s title, you thought it was obvious. Yet, most people don’t follow this simple piece of advice. You know that too, a...
GitLab is one of the world's largest all-remote companies
Writing for interfaces - WWDC22 - Videos - Apple Developerdeveloper.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2022/10037/
The words and phrases you choose for your app matter. Whether you're writing an alert, building an onboarding experience, or describing...
Hard to work with. | Irrational Exuberancelethain.com/hard-to-work-with/
Managing teams has taught me a lot about my own behaviors and motivations. For example, I overworked for a long time. This left me continually teetering on the brink of burnout, and I had no energy left to absorb the typical sorts of organizational changes that happen at any company. Despite doing good work, I handled change poorly, and I picked up the reputation for being difficult to manage. I’d like to say that I learned from my mistakes directly, but the honest version is that I ...
How To Criticize Coworkersalexturek.com/2022-03-18-How-to-criticize-coworkers/
I originally wrote this as a doc, and did a talk w/ slides in Fall 2020 at Convoy. This is very focused on how to work in a software engineering team (surprise! that’s most of what I know about!) but I’ve had friends say they’ve shown this to their partners,...