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I've been in Milan this week at Codemotion where I was gave my "Talking with Tech Leads" talk and was
 

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October 27 · Issue #11 · 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’ve been in Milan this week at Codemotion where I was gave my “Talking with Tech Leads” talk and was also on CTO panel. It was during the conference that many Italian unions announced a strike affecting transport - trains, subways, buses and the airport.
When you find yourself amidst this chaos, your reaction to such an event mirrors perhaps a behavioural trait you should reflect in your style of leadership. Do you complain? Do you stress out? Or do you consider alternative options to reach your goal? Plan for the worst and hope for the best?
I’m fortunate that my flight, wasn’t in the end, cancelled but I still required adapting some plans to it.
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback.

Reconsidering options after an unplanned event
Leadership
The Thing About Burnout (Google Slides)
Lessons from a Life-Changing Ride
Here’s Nadiem Makarim’s farewell letter to Gojek staff
Tech
AI in 2019: A Year in Review
How Multiplexing Changes Your HTTP APIs
Why I Write Dirty Code: Code quality in context
'Invisibility cloak' looks closer to reality.
What our quantum computing milestone means
Organisation & Processes
WeWork: Blitzscaling or Blitzflailing?
Asynchronous Communication: The Real Reason Remote Workers Are More Productive
Tech exec John Donahoe to replace Mark Parker as Nike CEO
Introducing Capability Profile Mapping
Interesting tweets
I was lucky enough to stumble upon the “Pragmatic Programmers” book early in my career. I’m happy to see it still around in its 20th Anniversary Edition version! 🎉
Andy Hunt
Well hey. Guess who had the #1 best-selling computer book in the US for week ending 10/12 (Bookscan)?

The Pragmatic Programmer, 20th Anniversary Edition. https://t.co/YPLPydW3Bw
10:19 PM - 21 Oct 2019
Although a lot of building systems involves code, not all parts of the system require code. This tweet summarises this perfectly.
Caitie McCaffrey
One of the biggest fallacies in tech is that you can solve culture problems by writing the perfect piece of code.
5:59 PM - 24 Oct 2019
Understand what is going on *at least* one layer below your abstractions.
James Ward
Buggy software is predominantly caused by “happy path programming” where languages / frameworks make it too easy to ignore the error conditions that can never happen.
2:46 AM - 27 Oct 2019
Thanks for making it this far! 🤗
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