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Notes and takeaways from Software Engineering at Google

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    I really enjoyed and learned a lot from this book.  I noted that, as is the case with many O'Reilly books about best practices at Google, different people will find various chapters more/less interesting and pertinent to them. Below are the excerpts that I found most pertinent.   Leadership Contrary to some people’s instincts, leaders who admit mistakes are more respected, not less.
 If you perform a root-cause analysis on almost any social conflict, you can ultimately trace it back to a lack of humility, respect, and/or trust.
 Your organization needs a culture of learning, which requires creating psychological safety that permits people to admit to a lack of knowledge.
 If you try to achieve an impossible goal, there’s a good chance you’ll fail, but if you fail to try to achieve the impossible, you’ll most likely accomplish far more than you would have accomplished had you merely attempted something you knew you could complete.
 “Sometimes you get to be the tooth fairy, other

Kali Linux moves to GitLab

I am thrilled to see the article on Kali moving to GitLab finally published.  It was great to collaborate with the folks from Kali as I have been a fan of it for years! How GitLab helped Kali Linux attract a growing number of community contributions Since moving to GitLab in 2019, Kali Linux has gone from company-only contributions to a growing number of community contributions. Kali Linux is a well-loved Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing. We sat down with Ben Wilson ( @g0tmi1k ), senior developer at Kali, to hear more about why Kali Linux moved to GitLab and see if they've noticed any changes to their project since adopting GitLab as their DevOps solution. ... Full blog here: https://about.gitlab.com/blog/2021/02/18/kali-linux-movingtogitlab/

The psychology of influence and hacking growth

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 I finished two books recently on the related topics of hacking growth and the psychology of influence.   My notes and excerpts are below.  They surely do not do the books justice as the books include essential details and great stories about these concepts in action. They also discuss how to influence others (with good intentions or bad intentions).  The influence book also includes recognizing when someone is attempting to influence you and how to react accordingly. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion I highly recommend this book for everyone who wants to influence others or detect when someone is attempting to manipulate them. Influence patterns The primary influencing patterns are:     •    Reciprocation
     •    Commitment & consistency
     •    Social proof
     •    Liking
     •    Authority
     •    Scarcity
 Reciprocation The reciprocation rule says that we should try to repay, in kind, what another person has provided us. Moocher and welsher are unsavory labels to

Talk like TED

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I have always admired the power and effectiveness of TED talks.  This book was a quick read and helped to reinforce the best practices that the most successful TED presenters employ. My notes and key excerpts are below.   Unleash the master within Dig deep to identify your unique and meaningful connection to your presentation topic. “Nothing great has ever been achieved without enthusiasm.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson Master the art of storytelling You need data, facts, and analysis to challenge people, but you also need narrative to get people comfortable enough to care about the community that you are advocating for. Your audience needs to be willing to go with you on a journey.” Aristotle believed that persuasion occurs when three components are represented: ethos, logos, and pathos. Ethos is credibility. We tend to agree with people whom we respect for their achievements, title, experience, etc. Logos is the means of persuasion through logic, data, and statistics. Pathos is the act of

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

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Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Much of it was a review for me; however, it contained many great pointers and spawned several ideas. Here are some of my notes and key excerpts: My summary of Radical Candor is that it is primarily about having a balanced approach to giving feedback. Feedback should be compassionate (because you genuinely care about the person) while also challenging the person directly and respectfully.       When giving  feedback , it is common knowledge that it is crucial to describe the situation, behavior, and feedback. It is not as well known that the same aspects are essential when giving  praise . If you're not dying to hire someone, don't make an offer. It is important to remember that during 1:1's, the agenda should be (primarily) your direct report's agenda, not yours. Listen with the intent to understand, not to reply. Rick Hanson: "The brain is like Velcro fo

A readme...for me.

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Selected excerpts from https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/engineering/readmes/wayne-haber/   I’m a veteran of three successful startups and have experience in multiple areas including healthcare, finance, and security. I subscribe to servant-leadership Learning is very important to me. I read approximately one book a week and take one Udemy class a month. I subscribe to the philosophy of “saying what you are going to do and doing what you say”. I am an advocate of remote-work due to it being highly effective (on many levels) for both the company and for the individual. At work, nothing makes me happier than when: A user benefits from a change developed by my team A prospect becomes a customer because of a feature developed by my team A team member learns something new and expands their horizons A process or procedure or technology is improved that benefits the overall company, team members, or the technology industry as a whole I use this 1-1 format I do skip-level meetings with t

How to become indistractable in order to focus on what is truly important!

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    https://www.nirandfar.com/Indistractable/ I quite enjoyed “Indistractable” by Nir Eyal.  It was an insightful analysis on determining and spending time on what is important, theories around how to do so, and practical tips on how to accomplish your goals. Favorite quote Most people don’t want to acknowledge the uncomfortable truth that distraction is always an unhealthy escape from reality. How we deal with uncomfortable internal triggers determines whether we pursue healthful acts of traction or self-defeating distractions.   Quick summary It is essential not only to focus on the right things but also to determine triggers and take actions to stop doing the wrong things.  Often doing the wrong things is driven by the need to lower discomfort rather than intentionally choosing them.  It can also significantly help to label yourself as having and being able to have a high amount of self-control (avoiding the self-fulfilling prophecy).  Our time is often unguarded.  Protect it from u