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Year 4 - Edition 24
A Fistful of Links is a weekly newsletter about leadership, technology, books, and anything else we felt compelled to share with others, brought to you by Og Maciel and Mirek Długosz.
Tools for effective delegation in engineering management
By Jason Wong
There comes a point in every manager’s life when we need to hand over a responsibility that is near and dear to our hearts.
Maybe it’s a piece of code that we’ve shepherded for many years, or maybe it’s a program or project that has special importance. And, while many times we will have confidence in the person to whom we are delegating, it may still feel uncomfortable letting go. Delegating has been a frequent topic among my clients of late, so I thought I’d share some of the lessons I’ve learned over the years.
Open Source Communities Need More Safe Spaces and Codes of Conducts. Now.
By Jennifer Riggins
Over the last few years, there have been concerted efforts — and ample funding — to increase all definitions of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in open source. But they’ve failed to move the needle. Singh, who has researched open source communities for more than 20 years, has uncovered some reasons why these DEI efforts fail and what could help stem this unwelcome trend.
To the brain, reading computer code is not the same as reading language
By Anne Trafton
Neuroscientists have found reading computer code does not rely on the regions of the brain involved in language processing. Instead, it activates the ‘multiple demand network,’ which is also recruited for complex cognitive tasks such as solving math problems or crossword puzzles.
Of all the places you can spend money in a tech company, the engineering team is often by far the largest cost-centre. Similar to digital ads, it’s also a place where, if you aren’t careful, you can waste a lot of money.
When your company is scaling rapidly due to product market fit, one of the biggest impediments (or boosters) to growth will turn out to be the composition of your executive team. If your executives are not able to scale with the company, entire functions may be thrown into disarray and your adoption or revenue may stop scaling.