My all time favorite books

I was going over the books that I managed to read in 2021 and realized that this year was a bit special compared to my experience in the past years. This year, I was very quick to put away books that I picked up but did not enjoy reading, or did not find valuable for the given point of time. This gave me a chance to reflect a bit on my past readings and I thought to compile a short list of all time favorites.

Written on December 1, 2021
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My Engineering Manager README

Manager READMEs are a good way to introduce yourself as an Engineering Manager (EM). When I transitioned into Engineering Management, I created one for me and just writing things down helped a lot to reflect on my career and learn more about myself.

EM responsibilities vary between companies, or even might be different between teams within a company, so my README is always changing. I do my best to reflect and update it at least every month. While the change is always in progress, there are few things which change very rarely, particularly my values and beliefs, and this is the part I thought to share in this post.

Written on August 18, 2021
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Forming a Community of Practice

A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who regularly get together on a voluntary basis to collectively learn and share knowledge about a domain of interest. Throughout my life I’ve built and seen many CoPs running successfully. If I look back, probably the first CoP I was involved in was a forum where we discussed and lived rock music.

Written on February 21, 2021
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Histograms in SQL

A histogram is an approximate representation of the distribution of numerical data. In other words, histograms show the number of data points that fall within a specified range of values (typically called “bins” or “buckets”). In this post, I’m exploring options for querying data as histogram by using SQL.

Written on December 30, 2020
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Reading in November

November was full of books, new and old. I had quite a lot of time for reading, plus I’ve finally managed to put away my old habit of “If I pick a book I must finish it”. So lots of content is left unfinished. As a side effect, I developed a habit of reading a sample of the book before purchasing it - cost effective and saves a lot of time.

Written on November 25, 2020
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