Five for Friday – April 2, 2021

Back for another week – remember, if you would like an email version of FfF, you can sign up here (nvm – it’s broken again)

  • Charity Majors shared a fantastic deck on continuous delivery – worth checking out.
  • Two from fellow today, becuase I don’t think I ever called out the Super Managers podcast. Every time I get a new episode, I think – “I don’t know if I’ll like this one or not”, and every time, I’m wrong.
  • I was thinking of Fellow, because they just published a heavily researched piece on meetings that I will find ongoing value with. Note – the link requires an email address, so do with that what you will.
  • This article on the power of self-organizing teams feels like it was pulled from by brain – I found myself nodding and smiling all the way through the read.
  • Pluralsight is free in April, and there’s probably something there worth looking into.

Five for Friday – March 26, 2021

Back again, and once again, if you’d like to receive this post via email, you can sign up here. Here are some things you should know this week.

  • First – I wrote another article for TestProject – this one on Testing and the Road to Quality. I’m happy to say that with this article nobody (so far) has asked if I’m referring to “testing” or “checking”)
  • I forget where I read, “The best time to give feedback is yesterday. The second best time is now”- but this article on giving feedback embodies that statement along with a lot of great advice.
  • Speaking of feedback – this is a great article on owning your own 1:1. Again, a ton of great advice.
  • I love when people find cool ways to do useless things. Like this.
  • I’m sick of guns being more important than voting. Here’s one of many articles with the same opinion.

See you all next week!

Five for Friday – March 19, 2021

Good news – I was able to put a simple captcha in place that may slow the spam signups to the FfF newsletter.

Bad news – I didn’t get all of the plumbing put back together. I’ll have it set up by next week for any of you who would prefer to have this weekly set of links emailed to you as I publish.

Here’s a few interesting things I found this week.

  • I’m quickly becoming a big fan of the Darknet Diaries podcast. Good stories, good interviewing, and an endless stream of interesting anecdotes on security and the “darker” parts of the web.
  • I don’t think I heard about it on darknet diaries, but I found this password checker website really fun to play with.
  • Great article from HBR this week asking, does your office have a jargon problem?
  • I frequently (constantly?) criticize hiring and interview paradigms. This article on bias in hiring reminded me that I need to continue to ask hard questions on this topic.
  • I love good debugging stories. Here’s a good one from github.

Stay safe and have a good week.

Five for Friday – March 12, 2021

HI again, everyone – I’ve temporarily turned OFF my exciting newsletter feature because I was seeing a large amount of spam email addresses show up. While they’re harmless, I think I can make the sign up feature work a bit better. Stay tuned.

ok – here’s some new (to me) stuff

Five for Friday – March 5, 2021

Back here for another week. As I mentioned last week, if you would like FfF in your mailbox every week, you can sign up here. The sign-up process feels a bit wonky to me, and I think my early subscribers may be spam bots, but ymmv.

Also note that I’m still learning how to use the wordpress plugin I installed to send newsletters, so feedback is appreciated as I continue to tweak.

Here’s some stuff I found interesting or worth sharing this week.

  • Given my love of Radical Candor – I pre-ordered Kim Scott’s latest book – Just Work: Get Sh*t Done, Fast & Fair
  • I’ve started to take inventory of the different personality and strength tests I’ve taken. I’ve done MBTI, Insights, Strength Finders, and probably a few others. Two of my favorites are The Working Genius (which I mentioned a few FfFs ago, and one called the Kolbe test – it’s less known, but pretty interesting. Here are my results from when I took it a few years back.
  • This ‘Day in the Life’ post from the Netflix tech blog is really interesting. At least I think so.
  • I found this article on being a senior engineer – or better put, and article on how to get shit done when you have to influence people. It’s 3 years old, but still worth watching.
  • Why I hate the web lesson 137. HTTPWTF

Thanks for reading – see you next week.

Five for Friday – February 26, 2021

Just like that, it’s the last Friday of the month. One new thing this week is that I’m playing with a newsletter version of FfF for those who would like to see my links in their inbox instead of my blog site.

There’s a sign-up sheet here.

Now onto the links.

That’s it for this week – see you in March.

Five for Friday – February 19, 2021

Back again and sharing a few cool things I found this week.

Stay safe out there – thanks for reading (and clicking)

Five for Friday – February 12, 2021

Another week whirled by – here’s some stuff I found worth sharing.

  • I polished off another fiction book last week – this time it was Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. It’s a quick and fun read – not 5-stars good, but definitely interesting enough to recommend.
  • Someone on the ABTesting slack pointed me to, and this very cool visualization showing the relationship of the AB Testing Podcast and other podcasts
  • If you were under a rock, you may have missed the hidden security challenges in package management – Dependency Confusion: How I Hacked Into Apple, Microsoft and Dozens of Other Companies
  • I’m doing a virtual meetup for the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference next month – you can sign up here.
  • I don’t really get to write much code anymore, but I came across lite recently, and wow – it’s small and fast, and I like it.

Five for Friday – February 5, 2021

The light at the end of the tunnel is tiny…but it’s there. Here’s some stuff to share this week.

  • President Biden has promised 100M vaccinations in 100 days. The math isn’t hard to see that the end is still a long way off. I’ve been checking in on this vaccination tracker to see just how far we’ve come – and how far we have to go.
  • I’m currently reading Hidden in Plain Sight – which is turning out to be one of the most enlightening and educating books I’ve ever read.
  • In case you missed it, I moved the modern testing site off of the old wordpress site hosted here to its own …also wordpress site.
  • Deserted Island Devops (the conference hosted inside Animal Crossing) is accepting submissions
  • After almost 20 years of riding a Ducati, I upgraded to a 2020 Harley Davidson Forty Eight. Here’s a picture of mine.

Five for Friday – January 29, 2021

We all made it through another week. Here’s some stuff for you to check out.