#48

Don’t wish it was easier; wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems; wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom
— Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur

The Speed Dial - An abbreviated set of articles for the reader who has limited time.

Deliver software faster by managing work in progress, not by adding overtime - 13 min
[developers.soundcloud]

Product development flow (flow) is the rate at which our products are developed, from idea to deployment. Good flow means that products should pass through the development cycle quickly and continuously.

 

Google and Facebook Failed Us - 5 min
[theatlantic]

There’s no hiding behind algorithms anymore. The problems cannot be minimized. The machines have shown they are not up to the task of dealing with rare, breaking news events, and it is unlikely that they will be in the near future. More humans must be added to the decision-making process, and the sooner the better.

 

How to build a company where the best ideas win - 17 min
[ted]

What if you knew what your coworkers really thought about you and what they were really like? Ray Dalio makes the business case for using radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making to create an idea meritocracy where people can speak up and say what they really think -- even calling out the boss is fair game. Learn more about how these strategies helped Dalio create one of the world's most successful hedge funds and how you might harness the power of data-driven group decision-making.

 

Management/Culture

Why Your Silos Are More Important Than You Think - 3 min
[lizkislik]

... when silo walls are completely impervious, employees can’t see how to help each other. When an organization is accused of siloing by customers or staff, it’s usually because its processes are highly controlled and inflexible; there are too many workarounds, bottlenecks, and pain points where work moves from one silo to another. Sometimes one silo’s guardians don’t even know what’s going on next door.

 

How to Regain the Lost Art of Reflection - 7 min
[hbr]

By reviving the art of reflection, leaders can reclaim their time, deploy their fully cognitive powers to the increasingly complex challenges they face and, by inspiring the same behavior in others, liberate employees from the corrosive effects of information overload and incessant reactivity.

 

Development/Releases

How Instagram Co-founder Mike Krieger Took Its Engineering Org from 0 to 300 People - 18 min
[firstround]

In this exclusive interview, he shares what he learned from this experience — and what he wishes he could go back and tell himself in 2010.

 

What exactly does a product manager do all day, anyhow? - 9 min
[oreilly]

A look at a few consistent themes that unite the work of product management across job titles, industries, business models, and company sizes.

 

Technical

How I Fixed a 10 Year Old Guitar Hero Bug Without the Source Code - 12 min
[youtube]

Reverse engineering Guitar Hero III over the years has been a hobby of mine. This is a short journey into the process I go through trying to fix a bug in a game that I don't have the source code to.

 

Redis Pub/Sub under the hood - 10 min
[making.pusher]

Do you want to code a chat app? Here you’ll see how to do it the hard way. I show how Redis Pub/Sub works in detail, all the way down to the bits and bytes! This is the first part of a series of deep dives into Redis.

 

Better Software with Entity Systems - 5 min
[steamlayers]

In today’s post, I want to introduce you a concept called Entity-component System and to show how to use it for web development. The idea is not new. In fact, it is widely used in game development. But I have never heard about it when talking about backend development and data modeling.

 

News/Other

Making Life Multiplanetary - 40 min
[youtube]

This week at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, SpaceX CEO and Lead Designer Elon Musk will provide an update to his 2016 presentation regarding the long-term technical challenges that need to be solved to support the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars

 

The Unexpected Rebirth of Google Glass - 15 min
[producthabits]

Technology shouldn’t call attention itself. It’s a means to an end. That end is to give people a better way of doing things that they’re already doing. All of Glass’ early problems can be traced back to forgetting this core principle. With the best engineers in the world and nearly unlimited resources, Google grew overconfident and distracted from what they should have been doing all along—helping people solve problems.

 

When a tanker vanishes, all the evidence points to Russia - 6 min
[wired.co.uk]

In June, 37,000-tonne tanker vanished from GPS off the Russian coast. All the evidence points to Russia. But what's really going on?

 

Catalonia independence referendum - 13 min
[youtube]

Tensions are high between Catalan and Spanish authorities over the former’s referendum on independence, which is scheduled for October 1st, 2017. As Catalan resident prepare to vote on whether they want to remain part of Spain, officials in Madrid insist that the mandate is illegal and are taking measures to prevent and disrupt the electoral process.

 

U.S. Reaper Drone Shot Down Over Yemen - 2 min
[popularmechanics]

U.S. Central Command has acknowledged the loss of a MQ-9 Reaper drone in Yemen, just as video of a Reaper-like drone emerged on the internet. It's unknown what the drone was doing or how it was shot down when the incident took place.

 

The Equifax Hack Has the Hallmarks of State-Sponsored Pros - 10 min
[bloomberg]

Wherever the digital trail ultimately leads, one thing is clear: The scant details about the breach so far released by Equifax—besides angering millions of Americans—omit some of the most important elements of the intrusion and what the company has since learned about the hackers' tactics and motives. Bloomberg has reconstructed the chain of events through interviews with more than a dozen people familiar with twin probes being conducted by Equifax and U.S. law enforcement.

 

I asked Tinder for my data. It sent me 800 pages of my deepest, darkest secrets - 6 min
[theguardian]

The dating app knows me better than I do, but these reams of intimate information are just the tip of the iceberg. What if my data is hacked – or sold?

 

A North Korean ship was seized off Egypt with a huge cache of weapons destined for a surprising buyer - 10 min
[washingtonpost]

But who were the rockets for? The Jie Shun’s final secret would take months to resolve and would yield perhaps the biggest surprise of all: The buyers were the Egyptians themselves.

 

Walmart partners with smart lock maker August to test in-home delivery of packages and groceries - 2 min
[techcrunch]

Walmart announced today it will begin testing a new service that will allow customers with August smart home devices, like the August doorbell and security cameras, to have their packages delivered inside their home instead of left on the doorstep. This test will also include online grocery orders, which won’t just be placed inside the house like the packages, but will be put away in the fridge and freezer, when appropriate.

 

Face ID, Touch ID, No ID, PINs and Pragmatic Security - 15 min
[troyhunt]

What we have to keep in mind here is just how low the security bar is still set for so many people. Probably not for you being someone interested in reading this sort of material in the first place, but for the billions of "normals" out there now using mobile devices. Touch ID and Face ID are so frictionless that they remove the usability barrier PINs post. There's a good reason Apple consistently shows biometric authentication in all their demos - because it's just such a slick experience.

 

The Dying Art of Disagreement - 5 min
[nytimes]

In other words, to disagree well you must first understand well. You have to read deeply, listen carefully, watch closely. You need to grant your adversary moral respect; give him the intellectual benefit of doubt; have sympathy for his motives and participate empathically with his line of reasoning. And you need to allow for the possibility that you might yet be persuaded of what he has to say.

 

Podcasts/Books

The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
[goodreads]

This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction. Governments do not differ in kind but only in the number of essential supporters, or backs that need scratching. The size of this group determines almost everything about politics: what leaders can get away with, and the quality of life or misery under them. The picture the authors paint is not pretty. But it just may be the truth, which is a good starting point for anyone seeking to improve human governance.