Reading List: 5th March 2016

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My reading has been a little slow over the last couple of weeks as I’ve not found that many articles worth telling others about. This week I have focussed on the 100 coolest people in tech; creating a technology career framework; what’s next in computing; how the term MVP is abused; how you need to improve by small amounts each day and how to find out where your surname is most popular.

As usual, any thoughts or comments, please let me know.

The 100 coolest people in UK tech

Unfortunately I don’t make the list, but Business Insider takes a look at the 100 coolest people in tech. I always like these lists as they tend to point out the people and the companies behind them that are worth watching out for.

Things We Learned Creating Technology Career Steps

As my own team has grown larger I’ve been looking at how we put a framework in place to allow progression within the organisation. When the team was small this was less important, but as we grew it became clear that people were leaving as they couldn’t see a career path for themselves. We’ve taken a very similar approach to that put forward by Spotify (we actually based ours on information about the Google levels). While you shouldn’t aim to copy everything from Spotify, there are some good ideas contained within.

What’s Next in Computing?

This article takes a look at the next ‘product’ cycle to come out of computing. It covers many of the familiar topics that keep cropping up but I do like the way in which all the information is presented here.

MVP — The Most Abused Term

Until I read this article I’d had the feeling that MVP was being abused greatly across many teams, but I’d never really thought about it in detail. The fact is the term has a definition, and if you use it to mean something else then you’re wrong. One area I’d like to caution is that terminology often causes mass confusion across our business teams and while I agree with the sentiment here, you have to be very careful that we don’t attack each other with the words. In the end, the output is far more important!

This site will guess exactly where in the UK you come from based on your surname

Ever wanted to know where you can find most people with your surname? Well this site show you! Turns out Brown is most popular in the UK and Australia, but the most popular area is in New Zealand. Some interesting facts, but I’m not exactly sure what I can do with the data.

Scary Data — Trends in Malware, Phishing, Site Cleaning and Bad Networks

Unfortunately the number of sites hosting malware has gone up significantly. I noticed this week that a restaurant I recently reviewed had its site flagged up as hosting malware — looks like its becoming an increasing problem!

Fire and Motion

I’ve followed Joel Splosky for a number of years and he always writes interesting posts. Here he takes a look at productivity and mainly suggests the need to move forward a little every day, which he likens to ‘fire and motion’ of the infantry. I’ve personally been massively passionate about the ‘marginal gains’ philosophy made popular by British Cycling who look at how they can make small improvements regularly, which over time add up to massive gains.




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