How I built my first Android open source library (and how you can too)

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A practical, step-by-step guide for building your own open source library. In early 2015 I recognized a major hole in my professional work — I hadn’t made a single open source contribution. That’s pretty embarrassing to admit, considering I work with some major open source contributors on a daily basis. Shortly after that depressing realization, I set a… keep reading

Ice, ice baby

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Illustration by Nate Otto In the 1970s, ice carving was the province of chefs at high-end hotels that made the sculptures part of their decor for Sunday brunch. (It was a lot of swans.) Jim Nadeau came out of this tradition, having been trained by an imposing German chef who delivered his feedback in the form… keep reading

Gut-checking growth

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If someone moves out, do you need to move someone in? When you’re in growth mode (read: hiring people), you rarely get a chance to stop and gut-check your growth. Why are we growing exactly? What are we after? Is there an alternative? What if we decided to grow a bit slower? What if we decided… keep reading

The most helpful thing you can say to a teammate: “It’s your call”

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Great people blossom when you nurture them with trust and respect When a teammate asks me a question, one of my favorite responses is “It’s your call.” It’s such a simple yet powerful phrase. In just a few words it conveys… Trust | Confidence | Respect | Autonomy | Ownership | Empowerment | Responsibility | Decisiveness… keep reading