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The Steady Beat - Issue 24.7.1

Figma's AI wrench-in-the-works, scaling Halo, the modern Agile paradox, and leadership through radical candor.

July 11th 2024

by Henry Poydar

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Welcome to The Steady Beat, a weekly-ish round-up of hand-picked articles and resources for people who make software products: designers, engineers, product managers, and organizational leaders.

By the Numbers - AI and Phishing

  • 6000 new computer viruses are created and released every month
  • 90% of cyber attacks start with a phishing email
  • 95% of CIOs surveyed believe LLM-generated email will prevent automated phishing detection
  • Beware of your inbox 😳

Figma AI: Distraction or Disruption?

Mia Blume argues that Figma AI doesn’t fundamentally change the design landscape because the trajectory towards genAI in design was already set. Tools like Galileo and Uizard have been hinting at this future for a while. The real issue isn’t the AI itself, but how designers respond to these tools. If designers don’t evolve beyond just creating visuals and fail to showcase their broader strategic value, they risk obsolescence. Blume emphasizes the need for designers to actively participate in integrating AI, focusing on strategic skills, and ensuring their contributions are recognized, rather than getting caught up in the latest social media drama.

Designing with AI, 5m #ai #design

Agile’s Paradox: From Silo Smashers to Silo Builders

Remember when Agile was supposed to bridge the gap between business and tech? Well, surprise! It might’ve actually made it worse. Agile frameworks, especially Scrum, introduced roles like Product Owners and Scrum Masters, but left out crucial details about coordinating multiple teams and integrating business strategy. Instead, IT managers often got stuck in the middle, creating new silos rather than smashing them. The anti-manager sentiment within the Agile community didn’t help either. Now, with AI on the rise, the spotlight on Agile is fading, but real agility—rooted in effective leadership—remains more vital than ever.

Cliff Berg, 6m #agile #productmanagement

The Boss’s Secret Sauce: Radical Candor

Kim Scott, former Google director and Apple University faculty, champions “radical candor” as the ultimate managerial tool. This concept–merging direct challenge with personal care–transformed her leadership approach, thanks to a candid critique from Sheryl Sandberg. Scott emphasizes that clear, compassionate feedback fosters a productive, joyful work environment. Her framework, HHIPP (Humble, Helpful, Immediate, In Person, Doesn’t Personalize), guides managers in delivering feedback that works for both parties.

First Round Review, 7m #leadership #management

How Halo Solved Database Drama with Saga

Neo Kim breaks down the Saga design pattern, a lifesaver for distributed systems facing data consistency headaches. Bungie’s Halo pivot from a failing strategy game to a blockbuster shooter spurred massive data growth, straining their single SQL database. At first they tried database partitioning, but this brought issues with atomicity and consistency. Enter the Saga pattern: splitting transactions into manageable sub-transactions, each with its own compensating transaction for failures. An orchestrator oversees this, keeping track via a durable log, ensuring smooth operations without tight coupling.

System Design Newsletter, 4m #engineering #development

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