As I plan for the next year, I’ve been contemplating my contributions at work and found two significant deficiencies: insufficient technical expertise and lacking business/product context. Even though I can rely on engineers and product partners in these areas, I want to understand my team’s work in more detail. After the holidays, I will reach out to my colleagues and create a plan to build more expertise there. In the meantime, I started taking an entry-level SQL class.
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Based on my rudimentary understanding of MySQL, I believed that all data should be normalized. But this article taught me that normalization makes queries more expensive by requiring more joins and that some denormalization may be preferred depending on the use cases.
I found this tool intriguing but not too valuable. All web apps I worked on mainly suffered from slow APIs or sluggish rendering. In addition, they were short-lived, so some memory leaks didn’t hurt them. It may be helpful if you are working on work tools like Figma, Slack, or Google Sheets.
My team recently migrated to Envoy, so I wanted to learn more about how it fits the rest of the tooling.
When meetings keep getting thrown at you, it isn’t easy to progress on significant projects. The article proposes that we allocate our time based on priorities in advance. For example, my allocation could look like this:
- 30-40% Team management (preparing for and conducting 1:1s, planning growth conversations, hiring, etc.)
- 20% Planning and delivery (setting the goals, shaping upcoming projects, managing the scrum process, etc.)
- 20% Context gathering (meeting stakeholders, reading documents, etc.)
- 20% Buffer time (emergency meetings, extracurriculars, etc.)
As I thought about how best to learn business and product context, I started reading how product managers get onboarded. I realized that I hadn’t spent much time with my team’s product yet.
Cool things 😎
It was surprising to read that a screenshot of a Google Trends page could show the need for a proposed emoji.
You need to supply screenshots of each result for each of the methods listed below: Google Search, Bing Search, Google Video Search, Google Trends (Web Search), and Google Trends (Image Search). Trends screenshots must include “elephant” as a comparative search term.