Let’s stop calling them ‘soft skills’
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This week: Building high-performing teams, Google’s monolithic repo model, essential skills beyond technical chops, programming languages people use in their free time.
Building great teams isn’t about spreadsheets and process. Great teams require participation from everyone to get there. Camille Fournier’s, the head of engineering at Rent the Runway, speaks at Goto Copenhagen on how you can contribute to building a high-performing team. If you’re a slides person, slides are here.
Google famously uses a monolithic model—their primary repo has more than 1 billion files, 35+ million commits, and thousands of contributors around the world. Rachel Potvin and Josh Levenberg break down the benefits, drawbacks, and the investments Google has made for it to work successfully.
Calling them soft skills implies they’re optional. Seth Godin outlines what separates thriving teams from struggling ones: the difficult-to-measure attitudes and behaviors of the people who do the work. In other words, culture.
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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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