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8 Apr
My 9 book picks for engineering leaders 👇
The Manager's Path by Camille Fournier. An experienced engineering manager describes the core roles, relationships, and responsibilities of TLs, TLMs, and engineering managers. A strong recommendation for any new or mid-career engineering leader. oreilly.com/library/view/t…
High Output Management by Andy Grove. The famed Intel exec describes his approach to running a tech company. This book has been foundational within Silicon Valley; it's worth reading to understand the origin of many modern tech management practices. amazon.com/dp/B015VACHOK/…
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22 Feb
Folks often ask me what I do at work. What even IS an engineering director? I don’t write code all day anymore, so it seems very mysterious. Here’s my answer: people, processes, priorities.
(1) People. Hiring, career growth, happiness, performance management, compensation, team culture, psychological safety, coaching the managers in my org. This is perhaps the most visible and obvious aspect of management.
(2) Processes. Are we making good decisions in a timely manner? Are we looking at the right metrics for launches? Are we planning and executing well? Is the product team far enough ahead of engineering? Are our technical decisions taking the right factors into account?
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25 Jan
Achieving Mindfulness: An Introductory Guide For Parents In Small Apartments & Crowded Homes 🧵
1) Start your mindfulness journey with a shower. Count to three as you breathe hot steam in, then let it out. Stay in the shower until a child breaks a limb or your spouse’s spirit, whichever comes first.
2) Repetitive tasks free the mind from worry. Luckily, you can practice mindful repetition in your own home! Sixteen times a day, your children’s insatiable hunger gives you the opportunity to slather peanut butter on celery. After 6 months, you'll be COMPLETELY FREE FROM WORRY.
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24 Sep 20
Ransom notes in different styles. Let's start with an Instagram influencer
A ransom note in the style of Dorothy Parker
A ransom note in the style of a millennial office worker
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24 Aug 20
At-home preschool is getting intense. Does anyone know the name for a number that can be factored into a step shape? Also, is there an O(1) algorithm to check if any given N is a step shape? I'm stuck Image
Triangular number, thank you! Image
Huzzah, testing if 8x+1 is square is easy to do in my head and works
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20 Aug 20
We've managed to keep our house smoke-free this year. Important because my son has asthma. Here are my tips:
1. Find and seal all the places where air can enter your house. Old leaky windows. Bathroom, kitchen, laundry fans might vent outside. Attic drop-down doors. 3M sells a window insulation kit that's 💯. amazon.com/3M-Indoor-Insu…
2. Not all air purifiers are created equal. Last year I had whatever was at Target. This year I bought Wirecutter's picks: Coway Mighty and Blueair 211+. Both are working very well. nytimes.com/wirecutter/rev…
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