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Software is easy, humans are hard

Ben Stewart

Meeting Rooms Are Now Free

Meetings are not inherently bad, but when left unchecked the number of useless meetings compounds over time unless you regularly check. Battle against the bug of being busy and look after how you are spending your days.

Podcasts

A couple of links of times I use a 🎤 instead of a ⌨️.

The Ideal Senior Engineer?

The next time you have an engineer who is looking at becoming a manager ask them one simple question; ‘what’s the biggest thing you’ve ever broken?’

25% / 50% / 25% - The basic boss formula

After being a “boss” for over 10+ years I’ve realised you can’t be a servant leader 100% of the time.

Managing - Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right

*Left, Right, B, A, Start! Sorry, couldn’t not finish that Delivering communications to anyone in your organisation should have come with some serious thought and experience behind it. While there are most definitely diminishing returns on going over your email to CEO thirty-five times, it definitely helps to know and think about a few things before you send something out from your brain into the world. How do you want to say?

Tired of looking at yourself?

Zoom fatigue. Yup.

Wfh

For the past 12 weeks I have been working only three days a week. Here is what a ’typical’ morning would look like. — Wake up around 7am. Snooze button; yes I’m one of those people. After the second press of the button it’s time to get up. The dog is staring at me. Dog is the priority. Every. Single. Morning. Depending on the weather, the morning walk is either a brilliant cleanser to start the day or a soaking mess that I curse in all but the summer months.

My Reading List

My current backlog 😃 I don’t have a big enough ego to tell you that the following books will change your life. In fact, what I probably want to do with this page is to curate a collection of resources that I personally have found extremely useful… just encase you find them useful too. I have no doubt that all of these books have helped me grow professionally in some shape or form.

Hello... World?

Isn’t that how all new coding discoveries are made? For a while now, I’ve been looking into taking the writing I have done since 2014 and move it somewhere that I can truly say is ‘mine’. That’s not to say that this space is technically mine either… but it’s pretty than using Wordpress or Medium for me. Using a mix of Go, Netlify and copy+paste I’ve managed to herd 6 years worth of writing into this minimal new blog space which I’ll be using from now on!

How I use Slack for 1-1s

As a lot of us are working from home just now due to COVID-19, our default tools of communication with our colleagues are being reduced to a few key pieces of software. To some folks, these tools are second nature, but for others are completely brand new way of keeping up a relationship with your work colleagues. I’ve been using IM tools for a long time; I’ve even introduced tools such as Hipchat and Slack to organisations.