Five for Friday – June 8, 2018

I’m back from a quick trip to New York City where I managed to give two workshops and a keynote without boring anyone to death. Here are five of the things I found interesting between talking, working, and learning.

  • A lot of news recently about depression and its long impact has put this quote from Henry Rollins in my head. “I’ll never forget how the depression and loneliness felt good and bad at the same time. Still does.”
  • To me, good retrospectives and learning are critical to software (and team) success. I found Retromat this week – a site that gives you random activities to help you get more from your retrospectives.
  • The Engineering Manager has an alternate view on The Manager Readme. I admit that I like the directness and brevity of the readme he eventually came up with, but also feel that the author missed a large part of the point.
  • This list of Falsehood Programmers Believe About Hiring is painfully true, and something to ponder for any of us in charge of hiring.
  • For the first time in quite a while, I’m reading fiction – science fiction to be exact. I’m reading Leviathan Wakes – the first book in the Expanse series. I watched the first season of the TV series, and liked it a lot – but I’m enjoying the book even more.

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