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Hygiene Factors for Software Development

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Hygiene Factors for Software Development

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

This week features posts on: 

  • Hygiene Factors for Software Development
  • How I Survived Insane Growth at Airbnb
  • Demystifying Culture 
  • Managing Managers: How’s it Different?
  • Refactoring Larger Legacy Codebases

INDUSTRY

Hygiene Factors for Software Development

Dave Farley, co-author of Continuous Delivery, with a thought-provoking discussion on whether software development should have agreed upon standards of practice. He argues that this is necessary to take software development from a trade to a profession (which sparked this discussion on Twitter).

Read the full post [9 min]

SCALING

How I Survived Insane Growth at Airbnb

Jonathan Golden, former Director of Product at Airbnb, shares some rules he’s developed for building resilience and succeeding in a hypergrowth environment.  

Read the full post [11 min]

CULTURE

Demystifying Culture

Annie Zhou, Engineering Manager at Square, offers detailed responses to questions like, “What do people really mean when they ask about company culture?” and “Where does culture come from?” — along with an insightful take on how operating principles affect culture. 

Read the full post [8 min]

CAREER

Managing Managers: How’s it Different?

Claire Lew, CEO at Know Your Team, describes six of the biggest differences between managing individual contributors and managing managers.

Read the full post [6 min]

LEGACY CODEBASES

Refactoring Larger Legacy Codebases

Here’s Andreas Klinger, Head of Remote at AngelList, with a quick read on being productive in larger codebases and how to get into the habit of “touching up” important code with a series of small improvements.

Read the full post [3 min]