Sunday, May 31, 2020

Good talks/podcasts (May 2020 II)

These are the best podcast/talks I've seen/listen to recently:
  • Technical Leadership for Empowered Teams (Emily Bache) [Agile, Architecture, Devops, Engineering Culture, Technical Practices, Technical leadership] Fascinating ideas of how agile development has evolved (DevOps, testing, mob programming) and how technology leadership must go through working with teams daily.
  • Product Strategy is About Saying No (Des Traynor) [Product] (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) Why Product strategy is mostly about saying no. Funny, short, thought-provoking and actionable. Imprescindible.
  • The Origins of Opera and the Future of Programming (Jessica Kerr) [Engineering Culture, Inspirational, Teams] There’s a story to tell, about musicians, artists, philosophers, scientists, and then programmers. There’s a truth inside it that leads to a new view of work, that sees beauty in the painful complexity that is software development. Starting from The Journal of the History of Ideas, Jessica traces the concept of an “invisible college” through music and art and science to programming. She finds the dark truth behind the 10x developer, a real definition of “Senior Developer” and a new name for our work and our teams.
  • Dynamic Reteaming at fast Growing Companies (Heidi Helfand) [Engineering Culture, Teams] Team change is inevitable, especially when your company is hiring like crazy and doubling in size. Your teams might grow and split — like mitosis. Twenty people might arrive in one day. What feels like tectonic shifts happen as you morph structurally to refocus people and work. How can we bring a humanistic stance to this dynamic reteaming? How can people be empowered to have ownership over their team change? How can we integrate new people without losing our sense of culture? We will explore questions like these and will discover practical strategies to master dynamic reteaming.
  • Product Tank Madrid: Focus on Impact with John Cutler - World Product Day 2020 (John Cutler) [Product] (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) Excellent talk. John presents all the learnings he had during the last three years, using his great article as a starting point ( Lots of knowledge and tips to introduce product thinking.
  • Rapid Prototyping & Product Management (Tom Chi) [Engineering Culture, Inspirational, Product] Tom Chi has practiced rapid prototyping for over 15 years, on everything from software to hardware, organisational design to entrepreneurship. And a lot of the lessons he has learned in rapid prototyping are directly applicable to the discipline of product management.

Reminder, All these talks are interesting even just listening to them, without seeing them.


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