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8 Things I've Learned Using an iPad for Presentations - Last Week in AWS
"Some folks prefer to use Powerpoint or Google Slides. This distills down to religion, and I can confidently state that those people are wrong"
presentation  travel  conference  ipad  mobile 
14 days ago
How to Manage Morale When a Well-Liked Employee Leaves
some decent questions to ask in the exit interview, less pointed than might be your first instinct
management  hiring  retention 
19 days ago
Shared Values are Overrated – Jessica Kerr – Medium
I like the expressions of values toward the end; not proscriptive but it at least gives you an idea of the scope and intent
culture  management 
21 days ago
Yeast-Raised Angel Biscuits Recipe | Serious Eats
Will need to try this, love stuff that proves overnight in the fridge
food  recipe  bread 
21 days ago
Designing for least knowledge – Jon Udell
"Don’t be evil? How about *can’t be evil*? That’s a design principle worth exploring."
security  privacy  browser 
21 days ago
A Better ECS - realtor.com Engineering
nice collection of pointers around ECS, including ones for better support on spot instances
aws  ecs  container  deployment 
24 days ago
Blue/Green Deployments using AWS ECS, including Canary and Rollback Support - realtor.com Engineering
I think many of these ECS tactics revolve around having two versions of the service then doing ALB machinations to route traffic to the correct one. Wonder how this will change with Envoy/AppMesh?
distributed  servicediscovery  ecs  aws  deployment 
24 days ago
Practical Interviewing: Code Samples and Homework – Will Gallego
emphasis on practical; also great bit at the end about take home assignments/homework vs not
hiring  interview  management  collaboration 
24 days ago
Rethinking how we interview in Microsoft’s Developer Division
lots of good, practical advice here; nothing earth shattering but relatively small things that require some cultural and logistics changes that make everyone in the process more invested
hiring  interview  management 
4 weeks ago
The leadership mistake you’re likely making? Being nice.
Ultimately, being nice as a leader is selfish. It doesn’t serve the team. It serves your ego. The team is looking to you to help them achieve a goal. And instead, you’re looking to have your decisions, actions, and yourself perceived as positive by them.
behavior  management  psychology  performance 
5 weeks ago
Everything Breaks – Rands in Repose
I wonder if it's a useful way of distinguishing peoples' outlook based on whether they believe this is true or whether they believe such things can be planned beforehand: "The primary way to discover failure is via the increasing entropy of a growing number of humans running around the building – good intentions in hand – breaking things."
culture  management  chaos 
5 weeks ago
Eels stuck in Hawaiian monk seals' noses baffle scientists - The Washington Post
'“It’s just so shocking,” Claire Simeone, a veterinarian and monk seal expert based in Hawaii, told The Washington Post on Thursday. “It’s an animal that has another animal stuck up its nose.”'
nature  animals  fun 
6 weeks ago
LISA18 - Reborn in IT - YouTube
GREAT -- approaches this broad topic from the POV of someone who is changing careers, or getting back into the workforce. None of this is hard or mind-blowing, just goes against conventional wisdom. Way more human-centric!
hiring  interview  resume 
7 weeks ago
The Best Table Tennis Shot of 2018
sometimes you just keep your paddle up
fun  games 
7 weeks ago
ongoing by Tim Bray · Post-REST
moving toward a world where everything is async (messages, events) with orchestration, some/all of which still using REST semantics
design  architecture  rest  distributed  messaging  events 
7 weeks ago
Ricky Jay’s Magical Secrets | The New Yorker
one of those long New Yorker articles that's totally worth reading all the way
magic  interview  goodwriting 
8 weeks ago
Sourdough Hands: How Bakers And Bread Are A Microbial Match : The Salt : NPR
Q: How much bread do you have to bake to have sourdough hands?

A: That's a good question, and I don't know the answer. But if I were to speculate, I bet it doesn't take a lot of baking to change your hands a little bit. But if you really want those total baker hands, I think that's touching bread as much as you touch people.
bacteria  microbiome  bread  baking 
9 weeks ago
Digging into Docker layers – Jessica G – Medium
nice explanation of what's going on under the hood when you build images with Dockerfiles
docker 
10 weeks ago
You’re Not Managing a Team of Software Engineers, You’re Managing a Team of Writers
"Control is not the right paradigm. The job is guidance, sometimes tight, sometimes loose. Sometimes the “writing” is flowing, sometimes it needs to coaxed and forced. The manager (a better word is “producer”) has to understand the creative process: what is needed? what does the work want?"
management  software  collaboration 
11 weeks ago
Working at Netflix Sounds Like Hell
oof: 'Kill or be killed seems to be accepted as a mode of operation. One employee expressed the feeling that they live in fear of being fired every day at an executive meeting. A vice president named Karen Barragan was said to have responded: “Good, because fear drives you.” Barragan disputed the account.'
management  culture 
11 weeks ago
A genuinely terrible abuse of Jenkins Pipeline
using security thinking to frame a (possibly) different way of looking at Jenkins: 'People sometimes joke that Jenkins is “cron with a web UI”, but I will typically refer to it as “remote code execution as a service.” '
jenkins  continuousintegration  security 
11 weeks ago
Introducing PostgreSQL Anonymizer
extension to scramble/hide data from certain roles, using metadata on the database instead of a library
database  postgres  pii  security 
11 weeks ago
Asshole Free Devil's Advocacy -- Just a Summary
"Before you introduce the idea you want to play Devil’s advocate for, say something like “D’you mind if I play Devil’s advocate for a moment?” And when the group tells you “Yes, we do mind. Why help the devil?” listen to them."
communication  collaboration  soc  culture 
11 weeks ago
Five Star Songs | Take Me to the River
ostensibly about the Talking Heads, but actually about copyright and "The Time Tina Weymouth Told Me I'm Not a Real Artist"
music  copyright  law 
11 weeks ago
Saying no.
"When folks want you to commit to more work than you believe you can deliver, your goal is to provide a compelling explanation of how your team finishes work. Finishes is particularly important, as opposed to does, because partial work has no value, and your team's defining constraints are often in the finishing stages."
management  communication  prioritization  product  teamwork 
october 2018
Introduction to systems thinking.
not in a general sense but in a manner that you can graph out to make more obvious what can or should be done
systemsthinking  management  visualization  communication 
october 2018
Notes on The Pyramid Principle.
Digging into more specifics of this principle of writing: "Bottoms up thinking is good for developing your idea, but bad for communicating it. This is why decoupling into thinking and writing is useful. (It's fine to think in writing, just don't try to reuse the thinking bits for communicating to others. Very similar to "plan to throw one away" from Fred Brooks.)"
communication  writing  presentation  management 
october 2018
The Pyramid Principle – Lessons from McKinsey – Medium
really simple rules about communicating even complex ideas, but they're counter to what we're taught in composition and other classes
presentation  writing  communication  management 
october 2018
Kara Swisher on the worst and best bosses she’s ever had.
'I’ve told this story before, but years later I ran into him, and he said, “Most people in this town stab you in the back, but you stabbed me in the front, and I appreciate that.” I said, “Anytime, you son of a bitch.” It was a great moment. I’m so glad he’s dead. Seriously, I’m glad he’s dead. He was a jackass. He deserved it.'
interview  management  journalism 
october 2018
Should Art Be a Battleground for Social Justice? - The New York Times
wrestling with art, how we talk about it, how we reconcile artists and their work, and how "problematic" it all is
art  criticism  culture  politics 
october 2018
ongoing by Tim Bray · JSON Event Scheming
nice description of why schemas are hard for common patterns, and a pointer to an update to JSON Schema that may be able to help
events  json  serialization  validation 
september 2018
Delegation and Time Management – Camille Fournier – Medium
"...And most importantly, it puts the initiative squarely on the shoulders of your team, which is almost always where it belongs. They aren’t going to learn how to make good decisions, set good goals, or write effective docs, if you are always there providing a safety net or taking over the hard work from them."
management  leadership 
september 2018
Focus at Work • Relax at Home • Sleep at Night | myNoise ®
pretty great white noise site, huge variety of natural, synthetic, and soundscape noise
audio 
september 2018
STRIKE! Magazine – On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs
"Once, when contemplating the apparently endless growth of administrative responsibilities in British academic departments, I came up with one possible vision of hell. Hell is a collection of individuals who are spending the bulk of their time working on a task they don't like and are not especially good at."
work  politics  econ  soc 
september 2018
Teaching iteration – Signal v. Noise
"So, perhaps for a final assignment (no matter the subject), students should be able to choose something they did earlier in the year and get a chance to improve on it. Make version 2. I think working on four things, and getting a chance to redo one of them would be more valuable than working on five separate things. It would be a better education."
education  agile  learning 
august 2018
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