Five for Friday – January 19, 2004

It was a weird week for me. But there were some good points as well. As usual, here are some things I found interesting.

  • I’m reading Smart Brevity – and wishing a lot more people would read it as well. Great communication comes in fewer words, and gets to the point quickly. This book is both a reminder and a coach on that topic.
  • Leaddev published some predictions for 2024 (from engineering leaders). There’s nothing overly profound here – in fact, the predictions are things I feel like should happen. But I found them valuable to think of as an approach to thinking about how we approach software development in the coming year.
  • One of the best things to happen as a result of the McKinsey report on developer productivity has been the flurry of better articles rebutting their idiotic report. The latest is the lean perspective from build to sell.
  • I’ve been re-watching Ted Lasso and then listening to the episodes of the Pop! on Leadership podcast where they discuss the leadership lessons of each episode. Probably just me, but it’s a lot of fun.
  • I’m still working my way through Starfield – but currently stuck in a no-win situation and haven’t built up the nerve to go back to an old save to move forward. In the meantime, I’ve been playing Baldur’s Gate 3 and really enjoying it. Straight Dungeons and Dragons clone, and really well done.

Thanks for reading – see you next week.

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