2021 May is Mental Health Awareness Month


New posts #

On Good Meetings.
Tuckman Was Wrong. There are no stages to in group development.

Updates #

Added links to the new posts to Choosing the Management Track. Notes on Becoming a Tech Lead. to have one place to track those.

Books I've read #

Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency by Tom DeMarco. It's excellent to convince you why you need slack and why your organization needs slack, but you won't get much practical advice. I still think it's worth reading, and to give you a glimpse, I recommend Efficiency is the Enemy at fs.blog.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards, Book 1) by Scott Lynch. Interesting fantasy that was recommended to me enough times for me to give it a try. I have to admit it's pretty good. It was a bit slow-moving at the beginning, but it's a good read overall.

INSPIRED: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan. It's mainly for a new Product Manager (PM) to get an overview of the job. But I can recommend it to engineers and everyone else interacting with a PM. There are two main themes to the book:

  1. How to make great products quickly (applicable for everyone)
  2. What a PM does (mainly for the Product Manager)
    Overall it's pretty fun and easy to read and skim, other than being a little pricy. I can recommend it if that sounds interesting.

Elsewhere on the Web #

Presentation for managers What Should I Be Doing Right Now? by Cynthia Maxwell

JWT should not be your default for sessions. What should you use? Cookies.

Why some developers are avoiding app store headaches by going web-only. I've spent so much time working on the web that I loved this story. With what feels like everyone thinking about native apps, it's great to see people rediscovering the benefits of the web.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month #

To help demystify the idea, I want to share that May was a particularly tough month for me. There were many things not working out, and to make it worse, it was raining all the time. What has helped me was taking a week off in the middle of the month to take care of myself. In retrospect, I should have done that earlier. Learn from my mistake and book yourself some time off.

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