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Does scrum make you dumb?


Does scrum make you dumb?

Newsletter for Software Engineers and/or Software Developers 24

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This week: Does scrum make you dumb?, 4 technical debt issues and how to solve them, management is not a promotion, how to screen for engineering managers.


a CTO's opinion on scum


Does scrum make you dumb?

Daniel Jones, CTO at EngineerBetter, suggests that continuously delivering the most important thing in the simplest way is a much better solution.


how an engineering manager can turn around a struggling project


4 steps to bringing life back into a struggling project

Darkness, Confusion, Rust, Deja Vu… these four types of technical debt can sink your project. Paul Keen, CTO at JetThoughts, on how to solve for each and move your project forward.

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the best tech leads alternate between engineer and manager roles


The engineer / manager pendulum

Charity Majors, CEO and engineer at Honeycomb, explains how management is not a promotion for an engineer—it’s a change in profession. And the best tech leads alternate between those roles. Heads up: there’s a healthy dose of profanity, so take note if you’re at work and that’s an issue.

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how to look for and screen for potential in engineering managers


Hiring engineering managers: screening for potential

Resources on how to hire engineers are plentiful, yet there isn’t as much written about hiring engineering managers. Camille Fournier, author of The Manager’s Path, on what to look for and how to screen for potential.


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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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