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How to build up a data team (everything I ever learned about recruiting)

Erik Bernhardsson

During my time at Spotify, I’ve reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of people. Lots of them were rejected but lots of them also got offers. Finally, I’ve also had my share of offers rejected by the candidate. Recruiting is one of those things where the Dunning-Kruger effect is the most pronounced: the more you do it, the more you realize how bad you are at it. Every time I look back a year, I realize 10 things I did wrong.

It’s At The Top Of Your List For a Reason: Don’t Put Off The Hard Stuff

Terry Starbucker

Remember yellow legal note pads? I used to have them with me constantly, before modern technology banished them to the desk drawer in favor of laptops, iPads and smartphones ( And yes, that officially qualifies me as a dinosaur).

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The Leadership Dance

N2Growth Blog

By Brian Layer , Chair, Organizational Development, N2growth. Not everyone will respond to your leadership. No matter how good you are, there will be skeptics. Leadership is a human endeavor and humans have choices. Still, it’s your duty to find a way to lead them.

The 9 Biggest Mistakes When Presenting to Executives

Let's Grow Leaders

Executives are naturally a tough audience. They’ve got limited time, competing priorities, information overload, demanding bosses, and pressure to make great decisions quickly. Your job is to give them all the information they need in a way they can easily digest.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Seven Things Leaders Can Learn from Bill Clinton About Connecting with People

Next Level Blog

Delivering his monologue after the midterm elections last week, David Letterman was talking about President Obama’s low approval ratings and landed a great line: “Take a look at this: gas under $3 a gallon – under $3 a gallon. Unemployment under 6%, whoever thought?

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Are You Building Your Business Based on Relationships?

Women on Business

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Freelancers – Why Coworking Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution

Survive Your Promotion

Imagine for a minute that you’re a freelancer (it’s not hard for those of us who live it every day). You’ve just gotten a call from a potential client who is based in another city. They are here for a few days and want to meet up to see your sales pitch. They ask to meet at your office.

Flafka: Apache Flume Meets Apache Kafka for Event Processing

Cloudera Engineering

The new integration between Flume and Kafka offers sub-second-latency event processing without the need for dedicated infrastructure. In this previous post you learned some Apache Kafka basics and explored a scenario for using Kafka in an online application.

How to lead with integrity

Lead on Purpose

One of the most important characteristics of leadership is integrity. Integrity means you are true to your word in all you do and people can trust you because you do what you say. The word integrity has deep meaning and … Continue reading → Integrity Leadership Trust characteristics of leadership endorsement honesty value

BI Buyers Guide: Embedding Analytics in Your Software

The business intelligence market has exploded. And as the number of vendors grows, it gets harder to make sense of it all. Learn how to decide what features you need and get an evaluation framework for every technical and non-technical requirement you could imagine.

Working with Developers

SoCal CTO

There was a lot of passion in the room last week when I presented Working with Developers at the Stubbs Precellerator. I guess it should not be a surprise that Founders have lots of challenges working with developers. So I promised that I would provide a follow-up after the session.

I already found the best gifs

Erik Bernhardsson

Just search for “ hackers gif “. There you go. Fun for your work emails for the next 500 years. From the awesome movie Hackers. That movie together with The Warriors convinced me that I wanted to live in NYC when I was like… 14 years old

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Assembly Required: 12 Steps To Building A Leadership Juggernaut

Terry Starbucker

Once it was built, great progress became inevitable as tomorrow. Once all the pieces were in their right place, it became a leadership juggernaut destined for success. And it was a wonderful ride.

On Being an Authentic Leader

N2Growth Blog

By Grant Wattie , President, N2growth Australia. Wolfgang Beltracchi’s is the most successful art forger in history. His fake paintings have sold for $46 million to museums, and private collections all over the world.

2019 State of Engineering Performance Management Report

More than 100 software leaders were asked how they manage and measure engineering performance. How do the findings stack up to your own experience? The report includes the top engineering challenges and the most used performance metrics.

A Better Way to Address Performance Issues

Let's Grow Leaders

“Will or skill” is an insufficient question when addressing performance issues. This model works okay if it’s truly a “skill” issue because managers know what to do next. They train, coach, or assign a buddy.

Three of the Most Common Delegation Ah-ha’s

Next Level Blog

One of the biggest shifts that most rising leaders have to make is the shift from being the go-to person to someone who builds teams of go-to people.

A Declaration for Your Wall

Steve Farber

A declaration is a powerful thing. By making a declaration, you not only announce something, you proclaim it to be a true and accurate representation of who you are and what you believe in. You make a vow to anyone who reads or listens that you will abide by and live up to the words.

6 Strengths to Cultivate as an Entrepreneur

Women on Business

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More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

What Coaching Leaders Do Differently

Nathan Magnuson

The term “coaching” has been trending as a corporate buzzword for some time now. We’re all familiar with athletics coaches. But when someone advises us to find a coach to learn a new skill or solve problem, it’s usually in a professional context.

Apache Kafka for Beginners

Cloudera Engineering

When used in the right way and for the right use case, Kafka has unique attributes that make it a highly attractive option for data integration. Apache Kafka is creating a lot of buzz these days.

Do you run your organization by ideas or hierarchy?

Lead on Purpose

One of the keys to a successful company is teamwork. When people to work effectivley together great things happen. Though it’s not recognized a key discipline in many organizations, companies that make it a top priority always come out ahead. … Continue reading → Leadership Team Building accountability enthusiasm team collaboration teamwork

A brief history of Hadoop at Spotify

Erik Bernhardsson

I was talking with some data engineers at Spotify and had a moment of nostalgia. 2008. I was writing my master’s thesis at Spotify and had to run a Hadoop job to extract some data from the logs. Every time I started running the job, I kept hearing this subtle noise.

The Essential Guide to Building Analytic Applications

Embedding dashboards, reports, and analytics in an existing application presents some unique opportunities—and poses unique challenges—to software teams. Download this eBook to hear 16 product experts share insights on business intelligence, UI/UX, security, and everything that goes into building a successful application with analytics at its core.

Deep learning for… Go

Erik Bernhardsson

This is the last post about deep learning for chess/go/whatever. But this really cool paper by Christopher Clark and Amos Storkey was forwarded to me by Michael Eickenberg. It’s about using convolutional neural networks to play Go.

The Leadership Equation: 7 Keys To An Awesome Team

Terry Starbucker

Sometimes it all boils down to math. Even for something as inherently “unmathmatical” as great leadership of an awesome team.

Why Your CEO Just Doesn’t Get It

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Executive Officer, N2growth. This column was originally published on Forbes.com. Quality leadership or a lack thereof is easy to spot if you know what to look for.

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6 Simple Ways to Answer Tough Questions

Let's Grow Leaders

Joe’s a bright guy and his idea was solid. His data seemed right intuitively, but we had a few questions. My peer started with a softball. Joe responded with a stutter, swing, and a miss. He made the cardinal sin of answering tough questions– he made stuff up.

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Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Mindful Mondays: A Bunch of Yogis Just Won the Super Bowl

Next Level Blog

For the first time in a long time, the Super Bowl was blowout. The Seattle Seahawks best defense in the NFL totally shut down the Denver Broncos league best offense in a 43 - 8 rout.

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A New Standard for Public Service?

Steve Farber

John Morgan , the founder of The Chinook Institute for Civil Leadership , is, at his core, a civil servant. An urban planner, to be precise.

5 Steps to Build Your Personal Brand and Business with Public Speaking

Women on Business

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