Curated Content: January 2021

A few pieces of content I thought were worthwhile in the month of January.


  • Minimize Team Cognitive Load to Increase Flow
    Things to be thinking about in order to minimize the mental burden on your team to allow them to work faster and deliver higher quality output, but emphasizing a smooth flow.
  • Are We Really Engineers?
    For anyone in software who has struggled with asking themselves the question, or answering the question "Are we actually engineers?" whether you're delivering web apps, medical device software, or anything in between, the author provides some pretty compelling evidence that the gap is mostly one of perception, rather than reality, and that there is a lot we can learn and teach older engineering disciplines.
  • On Pair Programming
    A great article talking about some of the why behind pair programming, and how it may be beneficial for your organization. Not something I've adopted fully, but something that I utilize a lot, and strongly encourage.


  • The New Economics - by W. Edwards Deming.

    A book largely about how competition is the direct cause of a lot of fear and dysfunction in many organizations. It's on the more academic end of reading material, but I think it's something all leaders should read and consider, even if in the end you end up believing that the core of the author's argument is wrong. One thing I struggled a bit with is throughout the book the ideas are presented in a light that comes off as unfalsifiable, which I find off-putting. That said, I found it worthwhile all the same, as the supporting research seems credible.

Conference Talks


This thread from Michael Feathers was great way to think about potential seams where you can divide code/modules/classes/services.