Curated Content May 2021
A few pieces of content I thought were worthwhile in the month of May.
The Mortifying Ordeal of Pairing All Day
An excellent article about the huge upside, and huge pain of pairing. We don't often think about the cost, but it can be extremely emotionally taxing. That said, done in a controlled way it can be extremely beneficial, and the article also touches on some of the deeper benefits. See the next article for how to better prevent some of the pain.
Taking Breaks in a Disciplined Way
As mentioned above, this article is all about how you can pair and work together in a way that doesn't end with burnout, by taking breaks on a regular schedule as part of your pairing rhythm.
Staying on the path to high performing teams.
An excellent heuristic for where your team may be, and how to ensure it's properly staffed, and able to work on the right things.
Another classic that resurfaced in the last month. The moment you leave a company happens with plenty of notice for you and your reports. Walks through the different ways your shields may go down, and how you can keep your shields up across your organization.
Getting Comfortable With Being Under Water
An interesting thought on teams, learning, and risk in organizations. Not what I expected going into the talk, having too much on your plate, but a great set of well illustrated lessons all the same.
Self contained. Short and sweet. Something for engineering leaders and teams to constantly think about.