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Year 4 - Edition 14
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Software Engineering Culture Metrics
By David Xiang
Company culture. Extremely important, impossible to define.
Impossible to define doesn’t mean impossible to understand. A surface-level understanding of culture is available via Glassdoor and company onboarding documents. However, a deep understanding of culture is only available via experience.
This article focuses on a set of values often associated with software engineering culture. Instead of the discussing the values themselves, I discuss the activities which measure them.
Given the shifting nature of organizations, the increasingly complex and urgent global challenges we face, the rapidly changing marketplace, and the virtual bombardment of improvement opportunities from vendors and consultants, organizations must keep getting faster and smarter at identifying and integrating improvements into their every day operations. Organizations of all types and sizes are needing not only to improve how they work, but also to improve how they improve. Improving this ‘improvement capability’ should be a key element in every organization’s improvement strategy.
When people talk about “managing up”, sometimes it’s framed as a bad thing – massaging the ego of people in charge so that they treat you well.
In my experience, managing up is usually a lot more practical. Your manager doesn’t (and can’t!) know every single detail about what you do in your job, and being aware of what they might not know and giving them the information they need to do their job well makes everyone’s job a lot easier.
GTA Online. Infamous for its slow loading times. Having picked up the game again to finish some of the newer heists I was shocked (/s) to discover that it still loads just as slow as the day it was released 7 years ago.
When someone isn’t meeting the basic expectations for their core responsibilities, it doesn’t matter how many other wonderful things they are doing. In fact, those things can become strikes against them.