Friday, March 12, 2021

Friday Links 21-10

Tape Deck
I am addicted to tape decks
This week I suggest you look into the article about the passive listening at technology companies and how wrong it went and the coaching podcast about feedback.

Management

Priority guideline - sometimes I dream of a company with only one team, one product and one backlog ... I am not sure this does even exist any more

Onboarding to Flexport as a remote engineer - onboarding remotely is certainly different for everybody

Geek Incentives Manifesto Expanded - more from Kent Beck on incentives

Reboot Extra: The Value of Feedback - with Andy Crissinger & Jen Cody [Podcast] - great episode, good feedback is one of the hardest things

Inside Our Engineering Mentorship Program and How It Helps Our Engineers Grow - sounds great to formalise this once you have a reasonable sized team

My door is open if you want to talk about power - pretty awful what has been uncovered in those organisations, but this post has some ideas on how to avoid this in the future

Of course, listening alone can’t fix an unhealthy culture, and there’s no harm in making office hours part of a wider listening strategy. But as long as tech companies keep relying on passive listening, leaders will continue to get most of their feedback from a vocal minority, and all they’ll see is the tip of the iceberg.
The Remote Work Playbook: Global Hiring, Documentation, and Culture with Job Van der Voort, CEO at Remote.com [Podcast] - a bit of an advertisement podcast, but some interesting points on how companies are handling remote

Engineering

Police raids across Europe after encrypted phone network shut down - never trust a criminal?

On Not Fixing Old Vulnerabilities - we are all doomed

Urbanism

The Houses that Can't be Built in America - The Missing Middle [YouTube] - I am sure this awful zoning also exists in parts of Europe, but over the pond they manage to do it especially bad

Streets that put people first, not cars - Superblocks vs Boston

Random Tapes

Lou Ottens, inventor of the audio cassette tape, has died - did I mention that I am a tape nerd?

2018/0332(COD) Seasonal changes of time - Europe wants to stop doing winter/summer time, but the process has been stuck for a year

Worl Adventure - old school virtual world

Renegades: Born in the USA [Podcast] - usually I skip any podcast that is specific to US politics, because I kind have given up on them. But these chats between Obama and Springsteen are pretty good (also on other podcast sources)

Covid-19: why are we feeling burnt out? [Podcast] - I managed to survive this very long March 2020 pretty well, but in the few weeks it has been getting to me. I need something to change. 

Beats - kind of a randomized pomodoro technique for creativity 

#105 Seth Godin: Failing On Our Way To Mastery [Podcast] - random bag of (good) points

Here Is The Article You Can Send To People When They Say “But The Environmental Issues With Cryptoart Will Be Solved Soon, Right?” - NFTs haven't died yet

Other Links

Friday Links Disclaimer
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.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

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