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October 13 · Issue #9 · 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.

A few readers asked me how I select content for the newsletter. I started this newsletter as a way of sharing what I’m currently reading. I learn a lot through this process, and I hope you benefit from this as well. Sometimes my reading is based on research I’m currently doing on a particular topic area. Sometimes it’s based on what comes through my regular information flows (Twitter, LinkedIn or RSS feeds).
I hope you enjoy this week’s content. If you find it useful, please forward to someone else and send me feedback.

Leadership
Cultivating High-performing Teams in Hypergrowth (Video + Transcript)
A forty year career
From building a group messaging product on SMS to leading Gojek’s Tech Centre - Sidu Ponnappa’s coding journey
Why Asking for Advice Is More Effective Than Asking for Feedback
Mentoring Developers: Best Practices From Uber - Interview With Gergely Orosz
Tech
Adding Static Code Analysis to Stack Overflow
Open Source Alternative for Zapier/tray.io
Improving Security Practices in the Cloud Age: Q&A With Christopher Gerg
The expanding sidecar pattern for microservices with ballerina sidecar
Ken Thompson's Unix password
Organisation & Processes
Here’s Why Time Off Work Actually IMPROVES Your Work and Life
Engineering Career Development at Etsy
Kickstarter To Workers and Project Creators: Drop Dead
A Review Process at Buzzfeed
Interesting tweets
I had no idea that Scala had such a direct impact on Kotlin 😲
Jamie Allen
Fun fact: @odersky helped the Kotlin language designers early on - I remember him meeting with them at EPFL back in 2013-ish. I think it's very cool that he never saw this as some grand competition, but instead provided insight to other innovators. https://t.co/XAfF94OjWp
7:01 PM - 2 Oct 2019
Well that’s one way of setting up “Dogfooding”… 😅
Wil Pannell
talk about dev having a stake in the outcome (this blew my mind): https://t.co/jLMw8jIseL
11:09 AM - 20 Nov 2018
A useful twitter thread about models of scaling, explaining why, even with well designed teams, more people doesn’t scale linearly.
Troy Magennis
Parallel teams or team members doesn't increase throughput linearly. Amdahl's Law computes the expected improvement for different amounts of parallel and integration (serial) proportions. At 75% parallel (pretty optimistic) 8 teams would improve throughput by 3 times. https://t.co/2zoYlEBnoz
1:33 AM - 5 Oct 2019
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