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October 20 · Issue #10 · View online
Level Up delivers a curated newsletter for leaders in tech by @patkua. Ideal for busy people such as Tech Leads, Engineering Managers, VPs of Engineering, CTOs and more.

I can’t believe we’re at Issue #10 already. Time flies when you’re having fun right? Building this newsletter meant establishing new habits. That’s really hard. I can be sometimes successful at this change if I frame it as an experiment. What started off as, “Let’s do this thing for a couple of weeks”, turned into “Let’s do this thing for a couple of months”!
What’s important with establishing new habits is having a strong positive reward. Your continued feedback through these newsletters gives me this “reward” so thank you for that.
Using “experiments” is a powerful technique technical leaders can draw on to introduce change. But, be sure if an experiment fails, make sure the change is reversed.
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback.

Use "experiments" to introduce change, but remember to roll back if they fail!
Leadership
Thriving on the Technical Leadership Path
Announcing First Round Essentials — After Publishing 180+ Articles on Management, We're Releasing Our First Book
Watching time: 47 min.
Empathy is such an important skill for technical leaders to develop, and in this interview, Scott Hanselman shares why he thinks it’s an important skill for everyone to develop.
Building Careers with Empathy with Scott Hanselman
Tech
Migration Complete – Amazon’s Consumer Business Just Turned off its Final Oracle Database
Five Common Data Stores and When to Use Them
How Monzo's security team handle secrets
Don't Put Fat Jars in Docker Images
Google unplugs AMP, hooks it into OpenJS Foundation after critics turn up the volume
Organisation & Processes
Yogababble 📿
SRE as a Lifestyle Choice
What’s wrong with best practice in organisations? - Daniel Thornton - Medium
Interesting tweets
Over detailed Gannt charts are like this 😂
Graham Lee
I’m going to start the rumour that Gannt charts were invented by J R R Tolkien, because not enough people realise that they are works of high fantasy.
12:08 AM - 15 Oct 2019
A short but funny description of SAFe by @martinfowler. Click through to hear his description.
Jamie
I love this quote from @martinfowler about #SAFe. Probably the best description I've heard. #agile https://t.co/dqy4RcC0yS
12:47 PM - 11 Feb 2019
Why being precise matters…
Tanya Reilly
I think people are sometimes afraid to be super opinionated in documents in case they're wrong. But wrong gets noticed and fixed. Vague sticks around until you discover that everyone meant different things and at least one of you just wasted a month.
7:35 PM - 17 Oct 2019
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