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Tech Productivity

Issue #19  (30 Years of Lessons in Software Development) 06/24/19

Here's an interesting quote from one of the articles linked below on Slack (which has recently gone public):

"Any suggestion that Slack is purely empowering must also take into account that it is, ultimately, a tool paid for by employers, and which grants them full power within it: to set rules; to observe or surveil their employees; to set norms anew, or to change norms that have evolved in ways they don’t appreciate."

Lots of other interesting thoughts in that article and others in this week's short collection of hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps

Pock - Display the macOS Dock in your Touch Bar.

Bloom - Some open source tools and services including a 30GB drive, a cloud platform, a Notes app, Contacts, Music, and more.

GoalStream - Helps you plan personal projects and track your progress along the way. -  Makes it easy to compare and contrast different career levels across different companies. Find out your new title and how much you'll be making.

FlowNote - A simple and fast note taking app for the web. Take notes in a simple and clean markdown editor from anywhere.

Articles & Resources

How do you delegate to a group of people? - Anna Shipman, a Technical Director at the Financial Times discusses some changes her team made when dealing with delegating tasks.

Slack Wants to Replace Email. Is That What We Want? - Slack has just gone public so John Herrman looks at the possibility that it's replacing email, but email is just too flexible to go away.

Things I Learnt The Hard Way (in 30 Years of Software Development) - Julio Biason's cynical, clinical collection of things learned over his career working at different jobs.

Minimal Project Management - From 2016. Hilton Lipschitz outlines the steps for this process that others mind find useful.

7 absolute truths I unlearned as junior developer - Monica Lent shares some of the ways her thinking shifted over the years.


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

Stay productive!


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