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Shaping dev culture through technical training

Jul 27, 2017 | Newsletter

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This week: Shaping dev culture through technical training, lessons scaling from 10 to 20 people, the technical debt trap, naming in programming.


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Shaping dev culture through technical training

Strong teams effectively share institutional knowledge with new hires. Karen Cohen, an architect and product manger at Wix, outlines their ‘Kickstart’ onboarding program for developers. Learn how they approach professional development, culture transfer, and building psychological safety with new team members.

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Lessons scaling from 10 to 20 people

When your team grows beyond a small team of generalists to a larger team of specialists, the transition can be rough. Joseph Walla, CEO of Hellosign, on the things they did well and what they would have done differently with the benefit of hindsight.

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Technical debt trap

Misunderstanding or improperly using the term “technical debt” can be a costly mistake. Doc Norton discusses the origins of the metaphor, what it means today, and how we properly identify and manage it.

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The language of programming

Naming is hard—and even harder when English isn’t your native language. Artem Christyakov elegantly describes the pain of rigid of chosen names in a field as malleable as software development.

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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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