Explaining technical things to non-technical people

May 4, 2017 | Newsletter

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This week: Mistakes inexperienced managers make, tackling technical debt at scale, communicating with non-technical people, hiring moneyball software teams.

 

mistakes new or experienced engineering managers make

LEADERSHIP

Mistakes new or inexperienced managers make

Ian McAllister, Director of Alexa at Amazon: “Here are some mistakes I made as a new manager or have seen other new managers make. Experienced managers still make some of these mistakes, though hopefully fewer…”

 

continuous product health and tackling technical debt at scale

TECHNICAL DEBT

Continuous product health and tackling technical debt at scale

Yvette Pasqua, CTO at Meetup, on how they address 15 years of technical debt — by empowering cross-functional teams and incorporating continuous product health into every sprint.

See the talk from Craft Conference→

 

engineering manager communication

COMMUNICATION

Explaining technical things to non-technical people

Tips to improve the frequently stressful, excruciating and sometimes downright dangerous process of talking about technical things with people outside of engineering.

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how to build the best software engineering teams

HIRING

Don’t hire the best, build teams instead

Brian Graham on how to build strong teams focused on delivering business value, instead of hiring based on abstract and often disconnected criteria and hoping for the best.

 

 


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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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