Friday, June 17, 2022

Friday Links 22-20

Acid House flyer with smiley illustration

For some reason I have no urbanism topics or podcasts! 

Dave Kellogg brings an interesting perspective on leadership levels. It is an old article but still valid. He seems to be going against the stream in general. Worth a follow! 

Leadership

Career Development: What It Really Means to be a Manager, Director, or VP - interesting perspective I agree on 

What we learned in studying the most effective founders - mostly as expected, but this is interesting: "While most people would expect self-confidence to grow with time, our data suggests the most effective founders are not nearly as confident as the least effective founders are." 

Stop Interviewing With Leet Code - everybody hates them, all of FAANG loves them

Agile

Your Roadmap Isn’t Really a Road Map - everybody knows this, right? 

Product Backlog Building Canvas - good user stories are hard, here are some helpful frameworks

“Measure Twice, Cut Once” isn’t very Agile. - do experiments, not perfect planning

Technology 

End of an era: Microsoft retires Internet Explorer - about bloody time, but now we have Chrome as the new IE

How we think about browsers - from GitHub

Work

The title Chief Notion Officer is popping up more and more — here's what it looks like - I posted about CNO before, but this is how it could look in practice 

Research Concludes: We Waste Our Time At Work - less meetings are good, especially if you are an IC

Random Acid

No card, no entry: documenting the world’s biggest collection of membership cards from the infamous acid house era - iirc I only had one or two club cards

‘It changed lives and opened minds’: a visual record of the birth of acid house - I was a little bit late to the party 

Heatwave in Spain to drive temperature above 40C in parts of country - I know!

Other Links 

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Inclusion of links does not imply that I agree with the content of linked articles or podcasts. I am just interested in all kind of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time you might notice common themes though.
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Friday, June 10, 2022

Friday Links 22-19

bicycle in front of a cycling sculpture
A short one this week. 

Some fun technical reads on Meta's cache invalidation and Linux pipes. 

Leadership

Valuing experience [Podcast] - another great discussions by two coaches

TBM 25/52: In Defense of Frameworks (and Process) - there are always frameworks and they make life easier and more predictable 

CTO Craft MiniCon - The Complete Hiring Arc (In Under 3 hours!) - Full event [YouTube] - recording of a recent hiring conference 

Engineering Levels at Honeycomb: Avoiding the Scope Trap - another good post about career paths

Engineering

Cache made consistent: Meta’s cache invalidation solution - memcache is still around! But scale is just something different at Meta

Why We’re Sticking with Ruby on Rails at GitLab - also see Stockholm Syndrome 

What Would It Take for Roda to Win? - first time I hear about Roda. Good to see another Ruby framework.

Why still 80 columns? [Podcast] - I am in the 80 columns camp! Some of the history is cool.

How fast are Linux pipes anyway? - people have too much time on their hand to solve weird puzzles.

Work

Microsoft to curb use of non-competes, drop NDAs from worker settlements, disclose salary ranges, launch civil rights audit - probably pre-empting law changes 

Our Virtual Hackathon - sadly the default now

Random Bicycles

Bicycle Thieves: Pumped Up - soon available for everybody! 

Episode #298 – Bicycle Mayors Program Founded To Counter Reducing Numbers of Dutch Cyclists [Podcast] - cycling share for kids in the Netherlands is going down. If they can't make it work, who can?

505. Did Domestic Violence Really Spike During the Pandemic? [Podcast] - it is difficult, but probably not 

Random [Comic] - all my facial expressions

Other Links

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Friday, June 03, 2022

Friday Links 22-18

Robot torso
Quick one today with a new Hiring section.  

The podcasts abut coaching and with the Meetup CEO are also pretty good.

Leadership

TBM 24/52: Your Head Hurts. But Why? - how to debug dissonance, very cool 

Leader As Coach - with Andy Crissinger & Chris VandenBrink [Podcast] - also highlighting the difference between coaching as a leader and a coach

How to Improve Employee Retention During the Great Resignation [Podcast] - from the Meetup CEO

Hiring

Interviewing is a noisy prediction problem - lots of good stuff in there

Behavioural interviews - some of these helped me prepare for interviews, now I am thinking about how to interview

Engineering

Algebraic Data Types in Elixir - I am not sure if Elixir's or Ruby's type checking is weirder

Mozilla releases local machine translation tools as part of Project Bergamot - I hope this ends up on mobile too

Random Robots

Ahead of an electric motorcycle, Kawasaki shows off an electric goat robot with a human rider - this is the stuff nightmares are made of

504. Introducing “Off Leash” [Podcast] - I didn't realise I wanted a podcast about dogs!

Everything [Comic] - indeed

Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp look back: ‘He came from the 60s, having multiple girlfriends at once’ - I love their YouTube channel

More Links

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Friday, May 27, 2022

Friday Links 22-17

Library in  Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
I have a new job. You can expect more about hiring and communication here in the coming weeks.

My weird hobby topics will continue. 

Leadership

Leading your engineering team through an unexpected product pivot - Code as Craft is back and it is good. I really liked this one. Pivots are tricky, the ground shifts below you.

Octoverse Spotlight 2021: The Good Day Project—Personal analytics to make your work days better - nothing really news, but using surveys and data to figure out developer happiness 

When Everything is Important But Nothing is Getting Done - a common problem and a good long read about how to fix it

It is not my job - "Glue work vs gap filling" is a great way of describing Staff+ roles 

21 secrets the Scrum Guide doesn’t tell you - "How we cripple Scrum to fit the broken system" - I am not a Scrum purists, but there a lot of good stuff here 

Everything You Need to Know About Answering Behavioral Interview Questions - this is more for the interviewee, but a good introduction to behavioural questions 

Asynchronous Communication is the Great Leveler in Engineering - not much new, just a good summary

Technology 

Stupid RCU Tricks: Is RCU Watching? - I can't stop myself from reading posts about Linux internals! (til: Livejournal is still a thing)

What happened to Perl 7? - I did forget about it! I really don't use Perl much any more. It is such a fun language though. 

747 Hackathon - security researches are clearly having too much fun!

Schneier on security for tomorrow’s software [Podcast] - Bruce Schneier is great. This is the first time I hear him in a podcast and I like how down to earth and humble he is.

Environment 

Toxic particles from brakes to be included in ‘Euro 7’ emission rules - still missing tires 

Urbanism

Crash Course - words matter

Random Books

a book like {foo} - book recommender and recommender for books outside your bubble: Break the Bubble!

Bikes4Ukraine - crowdfunding sends bikes to Lviv, Ukraine [YouTube] - cool initiatives, but it doesn't look like the crowd funding is going anywhere

layoffs.fyi - well, that's depressing

Classic Desert Island Discs - George Michael [Podcast] - I don't think I listed to this one the first time around, really good and what a guy!

How can we live an ethical life? [Podcast] - great interview with the Philosopher Peter Singer

The 6 Horizons of Focus - it has been a long time since I read GTD and I completely forgot about the horizons, this is a good reminder

More Links

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Friday Links 22-16

Cassette mix desk with Japanese caption
Cassette Mix Deck
I skipped last week because I was on the bicycle. 

Sorry about the length today and the many podcasts. I had a lot of listening time.

Leadership

TBM 22/52: The Perfect Manager/Leader - "I see people putting themselves under so much pressure to be the perfect manager or leader."

Radical Candor S4. Ep 7: Radically Candid Conversations — Kim Scott & Russ Laraway [Podcast] - this was a good episode of that podcast. I like that he doesn't care about the difference between leadership and management any more :-)

From PayPal Mafia to Viral Startups: How David Sacks Leads Growth at Iconic Companies (with David Sacks, General Partner at Craft Ventures) - some really good tips on leadership and what not to worry about 

The great tech hiring slowdown - it hasn't quite reached Europe yet

Resources for leading through crises - collection of Lara Hogan's post related to this. Good to keep bookmarked as there will be more crises.

Productivity Focus - productivity should be only a tools towards another goal 

What do great engineering managers need to know about compensation and equity? - I have been in salary band & career path meetings again :-)

Engineering

Mitigating cognitive bias when coding [Podcast] - interesting to see how biases can change our approach to programming problems

Rust: A Critical Retrospective - my learning of Rust has sadly grind to a halt 

Using Scientist to Refactor Critical Ruby on Rails Code - apparently I landed at another Ruby shop ... expect more Ruby links

The 5 Categories of Engineering Metrics - quick overview

Episode #6: Paying Back Technical Debt With Help From Metrics - interesting to include "onboarding lead time" in there. I can definitely see that. 

Shopify Invests in Research for Ruby at Scale - good to see 

3 Reasons OKRs Are Great For Software Engineering Teams (And Some Drawbacks) - "Writing good OKRs is difficult" ... this is probably where most teams fail

Work

Are we in denial? is Work From Anywhere our destiny? [Podcast] - I am fully remote now, but Raj mentions how important seeing each other regularly is. Lets call it extreme hybrid. 

Bay View is open — the first campus built by Google - meanwhile in office news...

Environment

Saudi Aramco eclipses Apple to once again become the world's most valuable company - the climate crisis is going well

The ‘carbon bombs’ set to blow up the world’s climate pledges [Podcast] - we should just give ... or did we give up already?

Urbanism

Detective Superintendent Andy Cox [Podcast] - every city should have an Andy Cox. He does such a great job of communicating the problems of bad driving

Peaje Urbano - Barcelona '22 [Catalan] - a couple of organizations in Barcelona a lobbying for a city toll 

How to Learn About Other People's Obscure Interests [Comic] - crossover with Not Just Bikes :-)

Why Do So Many Motorists Feel Persecuted When In Reality They Rule The World? - two words: "entitlement" "privilege" 

Kidical Barcelona - just brilliant, now lets normalize it and let them cycle everywhere every day 

Urban Growth Boundaries: Effective or Worthless? [YouTube] - this comes up in London regularly if I remember correctly. I didn't know that some cities treat these boundaries as expandable 

The Gym of Life [YouTube] - if your city allows you to walk/cycle everywhere you don't need a gym

Car-free neighborhoods share simple patterns: key design tips [YouTube] - these look so cool

Can Sustainable Suburbs Save Southern California? - no

The Struggle of Living in NYC [YouTube] - partly applies to London too, though London is way better than NYC

Random Mixes

FULL CASSETTE | ALL GENRE MIX set | ooedotechnica [YouTube] - what is this brilliant piece of magic! A fricking cassette tape mix machine!

Is your identity keeping you from change? [Podcast] - turns out my coach has a podcast! This is a topic that I have been thinking about recently. I always introduce myself as "programmer", but that isn't even true any more. Times of change are also times to invent yourself. 

Is Emotional Intelligence Really So Important? | No Stupid Questions [Podcast] - I am a bit critical of EI, often it seems to be used to say "shut up and deal with it"

HMV No 11 Gramophone Pick-up Restoration [YouTube] - how has this guy only a 1000 subscribers? He is brilliant! 

How Vladimir Putin rejuvenated Nato [Podcast] - he is good for something!

Marcos’ myths: the dictator’s son rewriting history in the Philippines [Podcast] - I am so sorry for my friends in the Philippines. And the current president was awful too. 

RIP the iPod. I resisted you at first, but for 20 years, you were my musical life - I was very close to buy some mp3 player or a Walkman, but a mobile is just too convenient. I do hate streaming though.  

NFT sales plummet 92% as market ‘collapses’ - I hope this continues. I predicted it should have happened earlier ... so don't ask me for advice 

Strava: Mark Gainey and Michael Horvath [Podcast] - how Strava got to be

Links

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