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Notes to myself on software engineering


Notes to myself on software engineering

newsletter for software development teams

Engineering Impact is a weekly newsletter that highlights trends in engineering leadership, productivity, culture, and scaling development teams. 

This week features posts on: Leadership, Product, Distributed Teams, Self-Awareness, and an Industry Report.



Notes to myself on software engineering

In this “laundry list of personal reminders,” Francois Chollet, Artificial Intelligence Researcher at Google, offers helpful advice on software careers, API design, and the development process.

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My favorite PM interview question… for managers

Here’s Chris Jones, Partner at Silicon Valley Product Group, with an interview question that serves more than one purpose: it’ll give you insight into the candidate’s working orientation, and it can also be used as a vehicle to “hire people smarter than you.”

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The fundamentals of building and managing a distributed engineering team

In this interview, Maria Gutierrez, VP of Engineering at FreeAgent, takes a clear-eyed view on the challenges of “going distributed,” and outlines the prerequisites of an effective and long-lasting distributed team.

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The downsides (of our strengths)

“Whenever I’ve read over performance reviews for people I’ve managed, I’ve seen, time and again, how people’s strengths are also indicators of the things that hold them back.” Here’s Cap Watkins, Leadership Coach at Practical Works, with a helpful thought exercise to better understand ourselves and our colleagues.

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The developer coefficient: A $300B opportunity for business

Stripe’s recent study, on how businesses are leveraging developer talent today, shares some interesting data points (e.g, “Access to developers is a bigger constraint than access to capital”).

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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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