Cultural Antidotes - Clarity Isn't Just Honesty
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by Jonathan Cutrell
19h ago
The most common mistake for any manager is to fail to clarify. This often happens because we mistake our average communications for having perfect clarity, when in fact we most often don't communicate at high levels of clarity. This isn't because we are bad at communication, but rather because our social communications carry less consequence when they aren't precise. Clarity is not simply being honest. We'll discuss the importance of clarity in this episode, and your first steps towards achieving clarity above the norm. ? Today's Episode is Brought To you by: Unblocked Unblocked provides helpf ..read more
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Demystifying Culture and Values
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by Jonathan Cutrell
1w ago
What does your culture have to do with your values? In this episode we open up the discussion about a model of thinking for culture and values to understand how they link, and more importantly, when they don't. ? Ask a Question If you enjoyed this episode and would like me to discuss a question that you have on the show, drop it over at: developertea.com. ? Join the Discord If you want to be a part of a supportive community of engineers (non-engineers welcome!) working to improve their lives and careers, join us on the Developer Tea Discord community by visiting https://developertea.com/discor ..read more
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Principles of Work - Shorten Your Feedback Loops
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by Jonathan Cutrell
1w ago
Your feedback loops should be short enough that the cost of making a mistake is low enough that the value of the learning in the feedback loop exceeds the magnitude of the cost of a mistake. In other words: shorten your feedback loops to the point that you're no longer afraid to make a mistake. ? Ask a Question If you enjoyed this episode and would like me to discuss a question that you have on the show, drop it over at: developertea.com. ? Join the Discord If you want to be a part of a supportive community of engineers (non-engineers welcome!) working to improve their lives and careers, join ..read more
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Principles of Work - Be Your Own Advocate
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by Jonathan Cutrell
2w ago
In this episode we discuss the importance of being your own advocate, and why this is likely the most rational position to hold. The takeaway: At any point, the person advocating the most for you is almost definitely YOU. ? Ask a Question If you enjoyed this episode and would like me to discuss a question that you have on the show, drop it over at: developertea.com. ? Join the Discord If you want to be a part of a supportive community of engineers (non-engineers welcome!) working to improve their lives and careers, join us on the Developer Tea Discord community by visiting https://developertea ..read more
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Practical Application of Information Theory
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by Jonathan Cutrell
3w ago
In this episode we discuss a practical application of information theory. Information theory is similar to the classic theory of communication, but distinct in important ways; these two theories together are a useful combo for creating a strategy for clarification. ? Today's Episode is Brought To you by: Unblocked If you would rather spend your time coding instead of digging for answers or dealing with questions from colleagues, give Unblocked a try. Unblocked provides helpful and accurate answers to questions about your codebase. Get started at getunblocked.com. ? Ask a Question If you enjoye ..read more
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Revisiting Core Working Principles - Hyperfixation on Measurements and Communication Degradation
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by Jonathan Cutrell
3w ago
In today's episode we talk about working principles again. Specifically, we're looking at a problem with measurement fixation, as well as the natural curve of degradation that most communication follows. ? Today's Episode is Brought To you by: Jam.dev If you’re an engineer and you would rather spend your time writing code than responding to comments in your issue tracker, send your team Jam.dev. Go to jam.dev to get started, it’s free. ? Ask a Question If you enjoyed this episode and would like me to discuss a question that you have on the show, drop it over at: developertea.com. ? Join the Di ..read more
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Revisiting Core Working Principles - Clarity as a Precursor to Focus and Strategy for Possibilities
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by Jonathan Cutrell
3w ago
In this episode we are revisiting some of my own personal core principles of working. I'm sharing these with you for you to do whatever you want with them, so please share however you can! The principles we discuss today are around the relationship between clarity and focus, and about how most negotiations aren't about feasibility but instead about strategy. ? Today's Episode is Brought To you by: Neo4j Is your code getting dragged down by endless JOINs and long query times? Try simplifying the complexity with graphs! With Neo4j, you can code in your favorite programming language and against a ..read more
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Cost of Delay Curves and Classes of Service
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by Jonathan Cutrell
1M ago
In today's episode we discuss the concept of "cost of delay", and explore the fact that cost of delay does not necessarily follow a linear path. When cost of delay has a cliff, or an exponential curve, how do you weigh one opportunity versus another? ? Today's Episode is Brought To you by: Unblocked If you would rather spend your time coding instead of digging for answers or dealing with questions from colleagues, give Unblocked a try. Unblocked provides helpful and accurate answers to questions about your codebase. Get started at getunblocked.com. ? Ask a Question If you enjoyed this episode ..read more
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Stat Series: What Statistical Measure Are You Overusing? (And What to Do About It), Part Two
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by Jonathan Cutrell
1M ago
In this episode we continue our discussion about the most overused statistical measurement. We'll talk about a few more counterintuitive properties of the average, and how you might be underserving your colleagues as a result of thinking in averages. ? Today's Episode is Brought To you by: Neo4j Is your code getting dragged down by endless JOINs and long query times? Try simplifying the complexity with graphs! With Neo4j, you can code in your favorite programming language and against any driver. See what graphs can do for you at Neo4j.com/developer ? Ask a Question If you enjoyed this episode ..read more
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Stat Series: What Statistical Measure Are You Overusing? (And What to Do About It), Part One
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by Jonathan Cutrell
1M ago
On average, you're probably overusing this specific type of statistic. In today's episode, we discuss the king of all misleading numbers: averages! There's so much to talk about with averages that we're splitting this into two parts. Disclaimer: I am not a mathematician. But we will talk about some of the interesting properties of averages and why they are so addictive to use for humans, but more practically what counterintuitive ways we might be using them incorrectly. If you're using your sprint velocity to forecast work, this episode is for you! ? Today's Episode is Brought To you by: Jam.d ..read more
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