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Parea:(παρέα)- A Parea in Greek culture is a group of friends who regularly gather together to share their experiences about life, their philosophies, values, and ideas. The Parea is really a venue for the growth of the human spirit, the development of friendships, and the exploration of ideas to enrich our quality of life that is all too brief in time. In Greece, the Parea is a long-lasting circle and cycle of life nourished by the people who participate.

🐕‍🦺 Leadership

5 Questions Every Manager Needs to Ask Their Direct Reports

If you’re worried that your employees are eyeing the door, it’s time to start having some important career-defining conversations. In this piece, executive coach Susan Peppercorn outlines five questions to start asking your direct reports so that you can get a better sense of how they’re feeling about their positions.

4 Product Development Fallacies

There are some fallacies about product development I've faced over my career that not only make daily work harder but actually have a toxic effect on both culture and processes.

Beautiful technical debt (2022)

What looks like a technical debt in a software solution, might be the most efficient way for people to deliver business value in a given situation. There is a beauty in that if observed from a distance. Don't make paying off technical debt your mission. Use it as a guide to understand the landscape and build solutions.

Software Engineering Culture Metrics

Can we measure the unmeasurable?

🛡️ Security

North Korea Hacked Him. So He Took Down Its Internet

Disappointed with the lack of US response to the Hermit Kingdom's attacks against US security researchers, one hacker took matters into his own hands.

💻 Tech

Architecture Without Architects (Video)

This talk by Erik Dörnenburg should be part of the onboarding material for engineers joining your team. Software Architect is a role, not a title. It’s a set of skills, mindsets, and expertise to acquire. It has to be part of the team and not forced upon one.

Fixing Performance Regressions Before they Happen

This post describes how the Netflix TVUI team implemented a robust strategy to quickly and easily detect performance anomalies before they are released — and often before they are even committed to the codebase.

The Biggest Mistake I See Engineers Make

Throughout my career, the biggest mistake the author saw engineers make is doing too much work on their own before looping in others. I tend to agree.

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