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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.

Seijaku (静寂) Tranquility or an energized calm (quiet), stillness, solitude. This is related to the feeling you may have when in a Japanese garden. The opposite feeling to one expressed by seijaku would be noise and disturbance.

🐕‍🦺 Leadership

Lessons from Coinbase’s Wild Ascent: Four Rules for Scaling

Engineering leader Varun Srinivasan had a front-row seat as Coinbase scaled to meet an explosion in demand for cryptocurrencies. Here, he shares the four org design rules they relied on to gear up for hypergrowth.

The Most Important Characteristics Of High-Performance Teams

What makes high-performance teams stand out? What sets these teams apart from the rest? How can you build outstanding teams? Dive in for the answers.

One Way Smart Developers Make Bad Strategic Decisions

An interesting story on how sometimes smart people working hard make things worse.

How Google, Twitter, and Spotify built a culture of documentation

I usually don’t share sponsored posts, but this one has a good useful content/marketing ratio :) Documentation is equally important and hard - and usually overlooked.

The Elephant in the room: The myth of exponential hypergrowth

A startup is growing fast, the journalists marveling at its “meteoric rise.” But don’t meteors fall?

Inevitably it is breathlessly inducted into the class of “hypergrowth” companies that are “growing exponentially.” Especially when the product is “viral.” After all, if every person brings three friends, and each of those brings another three, is that not exponential?

But “exponential” is an incorrect characterization, as we’ll see in real-world data, even for hypergrowth, “viral” companies like Facebook and Slack.

Work estimates must account for friction

If your project estimates include eight hours of work per employee day, you’re gonna have a bad time.

The state of burnout in tech

A nice compilation of concepts and real-world data about the current state of burnout in tech. (Not so?) surprising findings.

I know, legal sounds boring, but as a people/hiring manager, you need to understand the bare minimum, especially in this ever-more-remote setting.

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