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A sense of software craftsmanship

Dec 8, 2016 | Newsletter

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This week: A sense of software craftsmanship, ‘Best practices’ and the inverted U curve, You are not paid to write, Leading software engineering teams at scale.


a sense of software craftsmanship


A Sense of Software Craftsmanship

Tony Rasmussen, the VP Engineering at Metal Toad, on the commonalities between software development and other disciplines of mastery such as surgeons, architects, stone masons, and chefs. Bonus: the videos of master cobblers and swordsmiths are fantastic.

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'best practices' and the inverted u curve


‘Best practices’ and the inverted U curve

“Linear models of the world are nice, but they can also act as horse blinders.” Oliver Powell describes how blindly following best practices can have diminishing returns.


you are not paid to write code


You are not paid to write code

“We are not paid to write code, we’re paid to add value (or reduce cost) to the business.” Tyler Treat’s take on software culture and Taco Bell Programming


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7 tips for leading software engineering teams at scale


Leading Software Engineering Teams at Scale

The differences between enterprise and startup software teams, and the most important things to focus on as an engineering manager.



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Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson is a co-founder at GitPrime where he leads design and customer experience. He is a Y Combinator alumni, with a background in product design, branding, and UX design. Follow @thebent on Twitter.

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