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A hand-curated newsletter for leaders and managers in tech. Ideal for busy people such as Tech Leads, Engineering Managers, VPs of Engineering, CTOs and more.

Psithurism – The sound of rustling leaves or the wind in the trees. An adaptation of the Ancient Greek ψιθύρισμα (psithúrisma) or ψιθυρισμός (psithurismós), from ψιθυρίζω (psithurízō, “I whisper”), from ψίθυρος (psíthuros, “whispering, slanderous”).

💡 This week’s advice: The worst evils in history have always been committed by those who truly believed they were combating evil. Beware of combating evil.

The best Twitter thread of the week

Every time I hear:

“This 2h meeting of 20 senior people is really expensive”

I wonder who is asking about:

“This quarter with dozens of engineers stuck waiting for each other with high WIP levels, constant task switching and needles rework that must cost a fortune."

🐕‍🦺 Leadership

The 5 Common Mistakes Of New Engineering Managers

These are the most common mistakes of new engineering managers who just left their individual contributor track – learn how to fix them.

Lessons Learned from Self-Selection Reteaming at Redgate

Redgate Software runs a deliberate reteaming process to respond to new and changing needs of their business each year. Their approach has been to allow people to strongly influence where in the new team structure they will work, encouraging them to move towards the work they find most engaging.

The IC’s Guide to Driving Career Conversations — 25 Tips for Purposeful Career Planning

Career planning is often overlooked - the article provides a list of can’t-miss frameworks, tips and tactical ideas from folks all over the org chart, with experience at fast-growing startups, as well as the more established tech giants.

Those that game together, stay together

In a new study, researchers from Leipzig, Jena, Gera, and Australia screened historical data to answer the question whether cultures play games that correspond to how cooperative they are.

🛡️ Security

Hackers Are Spamming Businesses’ Receipt Printers With ‘Antiwork’ Manifestos

Dozens of printers across the internet are printing out a manifesto that encourages workers to discuss their pay with coworkers, and pressure their employers.

U.S. State Department phones hacked with Pegasus

Ooops.IPhones of at least nine U.S. State Department employees were hacked by an unknown assailant using sophisticated spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group, according to four people familiar with the matter.

💻 Tech

Multicloud architecture patterns

This article describes common multicloud architecture patterns, deployments and network topologies.

How DNSSEC works

What could be more fun than a cartoon taco explaining how DNSSEC works? No, seriously, it’s great :)

Optimize local dev environments for better onboarding

A nice writeup about building better development environments.

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