Seven For Sunday

Hi. I'm Jon Oropeza, and these are the seven most interesting things I discovered, referenced or dug up this week for my fellow engineering leaders: Engineering Managers, Principal and Distinguished Engineers, VP / Director of Engineering, Startup CTOs and those aspiring to be.


1. On Getting Teams Interested In Observability

How Do I Get My Team Into Observability by Charity Majors

2. Book I Recommend

High Output Management by Andy Grove

Of several great takeaways in this book, a simple framework for prioritizing time spent as a manager is my favorite:

Three patternistic actions:

  • - Information Gathering
  • - Nudging
  • - Decision Making

And the four anti-pattern actions while doing the above:

  • - Delaying decisions
  • - Meddling
  • - Abdication
  • - Unnecessary interruption. 

3. Quote On What Making Software Is Like

4. Epic Tales Of Software Past

5. Advice On Pull Requests

6. The Chaos Monster

Live Like a Hydra by Buster Benson

One of my concerns when I started Seven For Sunday was that I might stumble into one of the morasses out there. One of those is the mass of self-help, hustle culture advocacy on Medium. This is a post straight out of that genre, nonetheless I think it's worth recommending. It meanders over several topics, each of which has a few nuggets for how we approach engineering leadership. Chaos monster ate my lunch a lot in 2019, and I'm going into 2020 with getting better at containing the beast as my top professional goal.

7. Questions Your Candidates Are Going To Ask You

8 Questions You Should Ask Your Employer Before Taking the Job by Indrek Lasn