bookmark_borderFive for Friday – December 3, 2021

Happy Friday – if you didn’t know, today is the birthday of rockstars like Ozzy Osborne and Nicole Forsgren. Here’s some other stuff you probably didn’t know.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – November 26, 2021

It’s Thanksgiving in the US – well, yesterday was. Instead of links this week, I’d like to share 5 things I’m thankful for.

  • I’m thankful for Brent Jensen for dealing with my crap on the AB Testing podcast. Those bi-weekly discussions have helped me work through a lot of questions over the years, and I’m still amazed that all 3 listeners seem to enjoy our rants.
  • I’m thankful to the folks on Twitter and LinkedIn who challenge me, disagree with me, and make me think about where I stand. As you all know, some of my principles are bread and butter to some – but ridiculously stupid to others, and hearing from both sides helps me refine and grow
  • Believe it or not, I’m thankful for Slack, Discord, Zoom, and all of the other tools that have helped me stay connected with colleagues and family over the last year and a half. I can’t imagine what the pandemic would have been like 20 years ago.
  • I’m thankful for Instacart – it seems extravagant, but having my groceries delivered – even now when I feel a bit safer going to the store is a huge time save for me and well worth the delivery cost and extravagant tips I leave.
  • Finally, I’m thankful to Unity for giving a much better work experience than I ever had before, and for trusting me to be the type of leader that I want to be – and for handling the WFH experience as well as I could ever expect.

I hope the US readers all have a great long weekend, and that everyone in the rest of the world enjoyed the quiet communication over the last few days.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – November 19, 2021

Well this is weird. Due to some other appointments, I am writing this from a Unity Office. It’s been just under two years since I’ve worked from an office, and…I’m just not sure what to make of it. Anyway – here’s some stuff to read while I ponder this strange setting.

  • Cool article from the backstage team on measuring productivity (my fave – days to 10th PR)
  • While I’m plugging vendors, github also have a nice article (presentation?) this week on Writing and Shipping Code Faster
  • This article captures (at a extremely high level), planning processes at some major companies. Not enough here to take any action, but I still found it interesting.
  • Happy to see that a lot of companies (including Unity!) are embracing a hybrid model allowing flexibility in returning to work…someday. The Apple hybrid model has had a lot of press this week, but I’m not really impressed (4 weeks of wfh/remote, but still required days in the office) – I think it’s too much.
  • In my opinion, there haven’t been nearly enough convictions in the aftermath of January 6 (especially at the politician level), but at least one of the terrorists has has plead guilty and sentenced.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – November 12, 2021

Another week that was just a bit too busy for me. Here’s some stuff I found – once again – worth giving a read.

That’s all – short and sweet. We’ll see what happens next week.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – November 5, 2021

How in the hell is it November already – again? It’s time for your weekly peak into my open tabs.

That’s all I have for this week – or as many as I could post before I ran out of fingers to count them on. We’ll see what I find next week.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – October 29, 2021

Hi again everyone – here are a few links I found this week that I like.

Hope you found something you liked – if not, hey, it’s free.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – October 22, 2021

My day job is busier than normal these days, so this week flew by. A few interesting articles dropped into my view – maybe you’ll find them interesting as well.

  • Self plug time – Unity Gaming Services are now available – a lot of folks on my team were an integral part of making this happen.
  • If you are familiar with NPS (Net Promoter Score), you probably already know that it comes with pros and cons. Here’s a bit of how NPS can grow with NPS 3.0
  • I enjoyed this article on how to learn the Feynman way (tl;dr – learn it well enough that you could explain it to anyone).
  • Oh sorry – another HBR article. If you’re not a member, either join, or use an incognito/private window. This article on 5 Things High Performing Teams do Differently kicks ass
  • I like it when companies are transparent with their outages and errors. Too often (like this article), we gloss over the learning opportunity by referring to a operational mistake as a “server glitch”

That’s all I have this week – thanks for reading yet again.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – October 15, 2021

Hey everyone – it’s me again with some stuff I liked from the Internet this week

That’s all this week (sorry for the heavier than normal Medium load). See you next week

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – October 8, 2021

Back for another week full of random links from everyone’s second favorite mad rodent.

That’s all for this week. Feeling cute – may record a podcast later.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – October 1, 2021

We made it through another week. Sort of. Between this, that, and some really gnarly other stuff, here are a few links I found that you may find interesting as well.

  • In teams I lead, I do as much as I can to ensure a culture of transparency, accountability, and psychological safety. As such, I’m always interested in articles and research like this, that discuss workplace toxicity
  • The PNSQC Conference Program is out. This has always been one of my favorite conferences for discussing Quality (and not just testing). It’s worth checking out.
  • I’ve been re-reading this article on self-service models for platform teams, and like a lot of what it has to say.
  • This article on teams as networks resonated a lot with me as well.
  • I’m probably behind a lot of you, but I just discovered ohmyzsh and it’s made my mac terminal a lot more fun.

That’s all 5 for this week – I’ll try it again in a week.