bookmark_borderFive for Friday – January 14, 2022

Happy Friday! Here are a few interesting things I found this week.

  • If you have somehow missed it, the word game wordle is fun, quick, and popular. I’ve played it about 20 times so far, and have managed to guess the word every time.
  • If you enjoy wordle, and like mucking with stuff at the command line, then this article on solving wordle will be interesting as well
  • I enjoyed this article on the rules of engagement in a remote/hybrid world.
  • The folks at manomano are back with another great article on the quality craft
  • I watched all of Station Eleven last week, and really liked it. It’s a little weird at times, but really woven together nicely.

That’s it for this week. Have a good weekend, and stay safe.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – January 7

Oh my – it’s been a while, hasn’t it. I had a good time off – in that I did nothing except play some games and read and sleep for almost 3 weeks.

Here are a few things worth sharing.

  • One book I read was Hacking Growth – which is an odd title for a book that reminded me a lot of the Lean Startup in places. If your team doesn’t use customer metrics to figure out if they’re building the right thing, I think it’s a must read – and an interesting read for everyone.
  • Somehow, I just discovered Koolaid Factory. It’s a site filled with a crap ton of web zines about how organizations work. I can’t get enough of it.
  • I love everything Cindy Sridharan writes – she just doesn’t write often enough. Her latest article on how to become a more effective engineer is worth every minute it takes to read.
  • Great article on Courageous Leaders (hint – transparency and humility are part of the equation)
  • After I post this, I’m going to play just a little more Halo Infinite. I finished the main campaign during my vacation, and I’m still interested enough to poke around and find the collectibles. To me, the story was far better than the game play, but I was able to power through on Normal without getting too frustrated.

See you next week – stay safe out there.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – December 17, 2021

This is the last FfF for 2021 – I’m going to take a few weeks with as little computer time as possible. I’ll be playing Halo Infinite and Fallout 4, reading some of my kindle backlog, and keeping up with new episodes of Hawkeye, The Expanse, and Wheel of Time.

In the meantime – here are some links you may have missed.

Thanks for reading – see you all in 2022.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – December 10, 2021

We made it to the end of another week – and almost to the end of another year. Here are a few things I found interesting this week.

That’s it – hope you find something interesting.

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.