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  • The passing of winter in a particular place; a wintering
  • The act of affording shelter in winter

Jólakötturinn, a.k.a. The Yule Cat is a huge and vicious cat who is described as lurking in the snowy countryside during Christmas time and eating people who have not received any new clothes to wear before Christmas Eve. Well, at least according to Icelandic Christmas folklore.

🎄 🎁 🎊 Happy Holidays my dear subscribers! Thank you for your support throughout 2021 🍾 🥳 🎉

This is the last edition in 2021, I need a bit of recharging (hyemation even!). You can expect a new issue in the second week of 2022.

🐕‍🦺 Leadership

The best I've read on engineering and leadership in 2021

An epic thread turned into a leadership reading list by Kenneth Larsen - I'll keep returning to it for sure!

A Manager’s Guide to Holding Your Team Accountable

Being held to account for our decisions, actions, and results can drive high performance. It helps clarify our commitments, increases our diligence, and improves our self-awareness. Most of us report to someone. For CEOs, it’s a board of directors. For others, it’s their manager or their coach. But despite all our reporting structures, the real accountability is elusive for many teams.

Inspection and the limits of trust.

A related piece to the previous article on how "I trust you" is not enough (but necessary!).

Metrics-driven product development is hard.

A great piece on why setting good metrics and goals is far from being trivial, plus some coping strategies.

Great engineering teams focus on milestones instead of projects

I kept nodding as I read this - read it if you'd like to get some hints on an alternative to the dreaded MVP-driven development.

💻 Tech

Career Growth: What Paths After Senior Engineer

One model for what variations and branches are out there for senior engineers.

What is a Staff (or Staff-Plus or Principal) Engineer?

Another take on the same topic.

Emoji under the hood

Emoji implementations have way more technical details than I previously thought.

Awesome Go Education

A nice collection of documentation, tutorials, and articles on different aspects of Go.

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