consumed content week ending 03-20-20

Summary

Week 1 of a new “normal” ends today. These are extraordinary times. I hope everyone is finding ways to stay safe, healthy, and sane right now.

I find myself with a lot less time for podcast listening and reading. Ideally, I can find some way to rebalance in the coming weeks. I’ve got several things in flight right now, but without meaningful chunks of time in which to finish them.

Articles/Blogs

  • You’re Not Managing a Team of Software Engineers, You’re Managing a Team of Writers - A good article that draws the comparison of managing a team of coders to being more akin to managing a team of writers. It raises some thoughtful points on balancing the tension of allowing the time for creative ideas to develop versus “buckling down” and getting work done.
  • How to Write Usefully - One of the best things I’ve read about writing, by Paul Graham. He lays out a formula for a good essay: importance + novelty + correctness + strength, and argues that while you should write a lot, very little should pass through the filter of publication.

Videos

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