Modeling a hiring funnel with Systems library.

September 18, 2018. Filed under systems-thinking 6hiring 6

After writing the Introduction to systems thinking, I scheduled my yearly trip through the internet looking for easy to use and reasonably priced systems modeling software, and didn't quite find what I wanted, so I wrote something.

Introduction to systems thinking.

September 4, 2018. Filed under management 86systems-thinking 6

Many effective leaders I've worked with have the uncanny knack for working on leverage problems. In some problem domains, the product management skillset is extraordinarily effective for identifying useful problems, but systems thinking is the most universally useful toolkit I've found.

Notes on A Philosophy of Software Design.

September 3, 2018. Filed under architecture 25review 13book 10

Jumping on the recent trend, I picked up a copy of A Philosophy of Software Design based on Cindy's recommendation. It's a fairly concise read at 160 pages, and I skimmed through it over the last few days, writing up some notes along the way.

Designing interview loops.

September 2, 2018. Filed under management 86hiring 6

Anyone who has flipped through Cracking the Coding Interview knows that evaluating folks for a new role is a coarse science. Most interviewers are skeptical of the accuracy of their interviews, and it's hardly the rare interview retrospective where folks aren't sure they got enough signal on a candidate to hire with confidence.

Communities of learning.

September 1, 2018. Filed under management 86

I've always preferred learning in private. Got something difficult? Sure, leave me alone for a few hours and I can probably figure it out. If you want be to figure it out with you watching, in that case I'm not even sure how to start. This is partly introversion, but altogether I'm pretty uncomfortable making mistakes in public. Like a lot of folks, my brain still helpfully reminds me of public errors I made decades ago, and they still bother me.