#59

Remember that there is no code faster than no code.
— Taligent's Guide to Designing Programs

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

The Indispensable Document for the Modern Manager
[firstround]

So what did Desai do? He penned a user guide — similar to the kind that’d accompany a rice cooker or bassinet — but this one deconstructed how he operated optimally, when he might malfunction, and how others could use him to their greatest success. To create and the compile the guide took a intense self-reflection, drawing both from his early management mistakes at leading PatientPing and a career in finance and healthcare.


He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.
[buzzfeed]

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.


How UPS delivers faster using $8 headphones and code that decides when dirty trucks get cleaned
[technologyreview]

Inside EDGE: the shipping giant’s ambitious, tech-driven bid to keep Amazon and others at bay.

 

Management/Culture

How to Fix the Most Soul-Crushing Meetings
[hbr]

Meetings are notoriously one of organizational life’s most insufferable realities. U.S. companies spend more than $37 billion dollars a year on them. Employees in American companies spend more than one-third of their time in them. And 71% of senior managers view them as unproductive.


Future proof your business through enterprise innovation
[thoughtworks]

Not long ago, the CTO of a large organization said to us, “Innovation is not our problem. We have plenty of innovative, smart people in every department and at every level. That’s our problem. They’re disconnected. Some are off doing their own thing. Others are frustrated, and I’m concerned we may to lose them. We’re sitting on all of this fragmented potential; if it were a more coordinated, focused, and strategic effort, we could be unstoppable.”


What I Learned about Management and Culture from Growing Uber’s Asia Business from Zero to Billions
[firstround]

Reflecting on this experience, he’s taken the step to write down the most impactful lessons he learned during his time at Uber — something that leaders like Brown seldom do. We’re excited to publish these insights here for the benefit of all founders who want to understand the actions and tactics it takes to build a high-growth business in tough markets.
 

Development/Releases

Songkick bug bash 2018
[devblog.songkick]

A bug bash is a testing exercise, where the whole team, within a set time frame, exploratory test the product to find bugs


What’s wrong with software development? The Testing Mole
[medium]

I’ll ask it again a different way: would you rather your testers catch errors when code is submitted to them, or would you rather your testers get involved early, helping to identify possible points of failure as requirements are discussed?


Containers Will Not Fix Your Broken Culture (and Other Hard Truths)
[queue.acm]

We focus so often on technical anti-patterns, neglecting similar problems inside our social structures. Spoiler alert: the solutions to many difficulties that seem technical can be found by examining our interactions with others. Let's talk about five things you'll want to know when working with those pesky creatures known as humans.

 

Technical

It All Depends
[tech.instacart]

How randomized, controlled experiments and multivariate regression are used to continuously improve the grocery delivery engine @ Instacart.
 

News/Other

The More Gender Equality, the Fewer Women in STEM
[theatlantic]

A new study explores a strange paradox: In countries that empower women, they are less likely to choose math and science professions.


Mister Rogers Still Lives In Your Neighborhood
[npr]

It wasn't anything spectacular at the time. When the show first aired on Feb. 19, 1968, it seemed to be a typical children's educational program. On a black-and-white screen, a tall, dark-haired man nearing 40 years of age wandered into a staged living room, softly singing a song as he changed from a blazer into a much softer, cozy cardigan.


Kurdish Syria, Where the Fallen Find Fame
[nytimes]

In a civil war in which hundreds of thousands of Syrians have died, honoring those killed has become a potent recruiting tool, one that all sides use. The Kurds have institutionalized it, lavishing resources on both the dead and their survivors.


The University of Chicago puts its principles to the test
[economist]

When faced with a controversial speaker, invite and then ignore may be the best policy


Romeo Spies
[cia]

After the end of World War II, the East German authorities constructed the Berlin Wall in 1961; dividing East Germany from West Germany. Neither side trusted the other and both were anxious to know what the other was conspiring. Because of the war, many women of marrying age had taken jobs in business, government, parliament, the military, and the intelligence services in West Germany, and they often had access to highly classified government secrets. With the shortage of eligible men—another consequence of the war—single West German women, eager for male companionship, became frequent targets for East German male spies who were only interested in them for one thing: secrets. These men from the East earned the nickname “Romeo Spies.”


How Apple Plans to Root Out Bugs, Revamp iPhone Software
[bloomberg]

The company is shaking up its development program to focus more on key features and push back others to the following year.


Seven key takeaways from the Russian indictments
[bbc]

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has dropped another Friday blockbuster with his sweeping indictment of three organisations and 13 Russian nationals for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.


The United States and Turkey Should Fix Their Relationship — Before It’s Too Late
[foreignpolicy]

McMaster, Mattis, and Tillerson are having tough conversations with Turkish counterparts.


The Olympics’ Never-Ending Struggle to Keep Track of Time
[newyorker]

The fact is that it takes time to measure time; the challenge of Olympic timing through the decades has been to make that measurement as quickly as possible. Watches capable of discerning hundredths of a second were in regular use in the Olympics by 1948. But what good is such refinement if, when an athlete crosses the finish line, the judge drops a tenth of a second or more merely clicking the stopwatch? (Human thought takes time to propagate and enact, too.)


Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News
[scientificamerican]

Researchers identify a major risk factor for pernicious effects of misinformation


Trade a Lexus for a prestigious phone number? In Iraq, the best digits cost a mint
[washingtonpost]

The market for ‘distinguished’ cellphone numbers has prices that rival those at gold and gem exchanges.


What Congress Has Accomplished Since the Sandy Hook Massacre
[nytimes]

More than five years have passed since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were killed. In that time, dozens of gun control proposals have been introduced in Congress attempting to fix glaring issues with gun safety and regulation. More than 1,600 mass shootings have taken place in America since then. Here is a guide to what Congress has — or, more accurately, has not — accomplished during this time.
 

Books/Podcasts/Videos

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
[goodreads]

A sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.


Tractor Hacking: The Farmers Breaking Big Tech's Repair Monopoly
[video.vice]

When it comes to repair, farmers have always been self reliant. But the modernization of tractors and other farm equipment over the past few decades has left most farmers in the dust thanks to diagnostic software that large manufacturers hold a monopoly over. In this episode of State of Repair, Motherboard goes to Nebraska to talk to the farmers and mechanics who are fighting large manufacturers like John Deere for the right to access the diagnostic software they need to repair their tractors.

 

Black Business Leaders Series: Oprah’s Path to Authentic Leadership
[hbswk.hbs]

Oprah Winfrey believes in sharing the experiences that led her to become the wealthiest woman in the entertainment industry and the first African American woman billionaire. Professor Bill George traces her growth from childhood, focusing on how and when she discovered her true voice and how that authenticity spurred her career success.