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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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