2022#05 Readings3 minutes read | 544 words by Ruben Berenguel
Next week I’m on holidays!
Not much more to say than that. Celebrating another turn around the sun, and getting some very convenient rest just between Christmas and Easter.
Communicating Direction — An Illustrated Guide
This is a very clear framework, splitting communication in 4 layers: Strategy, Goals, Projects and Tasks. Each one leads to the next, and projects are only assumed to fulfill goals. If they don’t, they are changed.
How to Become the Best in the World at Something
This is an excellent article about the virtues of skill stacking (particularly if you want to avoid Scott Adams). If you are reasonably good at X and reasonably good at Y, you are probably one of the best in the world at X+Y, particularly if they are not common together. If you can find a way to use that…
This one is from David R. MacIver, about an improvement to your communication processes: having 1-1 between peers. At the same level. This is particularly important in remote settings, because of less casual chats.
This 22-Year-Old Builds Chips in His Parents’ Garage
He’s basically using 70s techniques… but this is damn impressive.
A probabilistic programming language in 70 lines of Python
Pretty fun. I have always been almost doing something with probabilistic programming but always stopping because “life”. I don’t think I’ll ever get to doing anything, but I still enjoy the subject.
📚 How to have a good day
Very cheesy title, but the book is very good. It has 20-something chapters, each one covering a particular topic (like “beating procrastination” or “resolving tensions”), and in them it basically summarises current research (or other self-improvement books based on real research) about the topic. At the end of each chapter there is a mini-summary with takeaways, just for those is a book worth your time.
Effortless personal productivity (or how I learned to love my monkey mind)
Isn’t this like the usual output of mindfulness meditation?
Prioritization, multiple work streams, unplanned work. Oh my!
I’m still deciding if I agree with the premises in this article about the amount of workstreams per team. He says 2, and I think (and have actually seen it happen) 2 for a team of 5-6 is too little.
PEP 612 – Parameter Specification Variables
Higher kinded types are becoming more viable in Python with each new PEP. They are also increasingly cumbersome to write.
🐦 Peter Reinhardt (ex-CEO) about Segment
Interesting view into how to figure market fit as the company grows. It’s asking questions.