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  1. #138 - 24 Sept 2022 - Getting ready for management; Critical thinking at work; Just say no; Disagreeing with powerful stakeholders; Realtime bioinformatics with Nextflow
  2. #137 - 17 Sept 2022 - Management 101 = individuals, 201 = the team; Long- and short-lived Group dynamics; The leaders journal; Open Science at Utrecht; Space and collaboration; RSE2022 int'l survey; Fonts for data viz; SSH Open Marketplace; Incidents as career development
  3. #136 - 10 Sept 2022 - Job ads: include the challenges; Quality is systemic; You own your communication bubble; Get good feedback from peers; Fast disks and reliable OS reimaging; Barriers to cloud adoption; R2 for data sharing
  4. #135 - 3 Sept 2022 - Hiring - begin with the end in mind; Managers matter; Tech asssesments; Don't flinch from giving feedback; SQLite history; Mastiff: query metagenomes with RocksDB; Trusted Research Environmet recommendations
  5. #134 - 27 Aug 2022 - I want you to outgrow this newsletter; Becoming more strategic; Give more better feedback; No one is reading your PDFs; Making jupyter git friendly; Effective programmers read code better; better virtual courses
  6. #133 - 20 Aug 2022 - Building centers of excellence, not temp agencies; RCD staff career priorities; Challenges in core facilities; Making your work clear to yourself is the first step in making it visible to others
  7. #132 - 30 Jul 2022 - Multitask on vacation by delegating; Lego give-away matrix; Delivering bad news; Specialize without silos: not a small-team thing; 32 and 16 bit LBM; Google's copilot works; XSEDE ROI
  8. #131 - 23 Jul 2022 - Just say no; Sheffield's interview process; Presenting to decision makers; History of XSEDE; What not to fix or log; We need more than supercomputers; We learn systems by changing them
  9. #130 - 16 Jul 2022 - 'Strategy', 'Tactics' Considered Harmful; In praise of process; Enlisting advisory boards; There will always be more problems; Semi-synchronous conferences; FLUTE for federated learning research; Buy and lease, not cloud vs on-prem; Rocky linux build infra
  10. #129 - 9 Jul 2022 - Making Change Happen; RCD Strategic Planning Challenges; Large batches hide bottlenecks; Arm memory model case studies; Maybe your DL model needs a database; Graphs for Code Search; HPC Operational Data Analytics
  11. #128 - 2 Jul 2022 - Bundling expertise into services; How to be an RCD recruiter; Bare-bones project management; Pair programming; Talk about Data Ethics Club; How to adopt an SRE practice
  12. #127 - 25 Jun 2022 - Utility vs Professional Service Firm; Ticket tracking recommendations?; Job Definition Worksheet; Women get authorship less often; PythonTutor; Services Before Platforms; Data isn't, it turns out, available upon request; IU's SecureMyResearch
  13. #126 - 18 Jun 2022 - Changes as a team grows; conflict management; not everything's your job; Uni spinoffs; Postdoc hiring blues; Software management plans; Lots of room at the edge; Quantum algorithms for beginners; CXL at Meta; GPU offloading to remote nodes
  14. #125 - 11 Jun 2022 - Strategy, Strategic Plans, and You; When Feedback doesn't Land; Cash-strapped Tech Hiring; Workflow Hub; Engineering Effectiveness; WorkflowHub; @NotOnlyFlops' RISC-V Cluster
  15. #124 - 4 Jun 2022 - Exascale - we've reached a future from the past; CaRCC RCD capabilities commmunity report; Remote onboarding; Helmholtz AI's voucher model; Hubble Asteroid Hunter; Managing undergrads for a decade-long software product; TACC goes to a commercial datacenter; Lockwood goes to Microsoft
  16. #123 - 28 May 2022 - Research Computing Teams are Vendors, Too; The Manager's Handbook; The Turing Institue Guides; What teammates owe each other; When everything's important; Open Source Communities; HTCondor Product Management; Practical Guide to Big Research Software Estimation
  17. #122 - 14 May 2022 - Communication is not collaboration; Opening up onboarding documents; Onboarding developers with tests, docs and containers; MIT's Office of Research Computing and Data; First view of the Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole; Smarts in the network, LAN and WAN; A first RISC-V Cluster
  18. #121 - 7 May 2022 - Professionalism is process; Onboarding staff; Production bioinformatics; Tracking big-picture items; Why new outside gigs are hard; Sharding test suites; SchedMDs bad communications; TPUs for CFD
  19. #120 - 30 Apr 2022 - Managing interns; Team member career conversations; PR pushback by race/gender; Working with your manager; Developer relations; H3 Hex Grid; Writing up incidents and non-incidents
  20. #119 - 23 Apr 2022 - When Research stops in Research Computing; Onboarding, Mentoring, and Listening; Reverse Interview your New Team; SQLite for hash lookups; Memray for Python Memory Monitoring; Scoped GitHub Credentials; Cori makes the case for HPC disaggregation
  21. #118 - 16 Apr 2022 - Only one cutting edge at a time; Meeting sizes and purposes; In praise of project managers; Timeboxing; Good town halls; Code reading interviews; Google's Aquila cloud network
  22. #117 - 9 Apr 2022 - Management sensory deprivation; Build teams, don't collect individuals; Research Infrastructure Developers; Progression ladders; Code management; Column-level field encryption; Rome and Cascade Lake memory behaviour; The IC/Manager pendulum continued
  23. #116 - 2 Apr 2022 - 'Contact us for pricing'; How to do less; Becoming a manager; Don't burn yourself out; Is your tech boring enough; Defensive programming; C++20 ranges and Python array strong types; Composable and virtual systems
  24. #115 - 26 Mar 2022 - Research's many roles; Making change easier; Falsify yourself; C is a protocol; Milan-X's V-Cache
  25. #114 - 19 Mar 2022 - Specialization vs siloing; Be an uninspiring manager; Growing teams out; Conclude first; Journal club formulae; Black hole billiards; Ausralian research software scene; Data CI/CD; Jupyter Everywhere; GeoParquet; ML Flops usage grows
  26. #113 - 12 Mar 2022 - AMAs return; Everyone's a great manager until they start; Management as skincare; The 30min rule; Run your day; Specializing your team; Citizen seismologists; Documenting and shipping; Utilisation vs wait time The future of HPC; Bad days for OpenStack
  27. #112 - 5 Mar 2022 - Research training gives superpowers; Work isn't fixed; Silence isn't consensus; Gratitude works; feedback formulae; Good strategy; RSE Group Data Bank; Code in the database; Miniboss; Lustre + Ceph; SSD survival rates
  28. #111 - 26 Feb 2022 - The evolving RCT leadership job market; Rules were meant to be broken (if necessary); You're not wasting your mentor's time; Sustained software developemnt associated with accuracy; Sharding postgres; Xarray sparse arrays at CLM
  29. #110 - 19 Feb 2022 - Missed delegation opprtunties; Good candidates is hard work; Diffrax; Concurrency in OpenMP and Rust; A successful CentOS-Rocky Migration; DAOS for HPC Object Storage
  30. #109 - 11 Feb 2022 - Rands community channel; offboarding continues; service delivery models; reducing drag when work is dynamic; the unreasonable effectiveness of one-on-ones; the stay interview; code that doesn't rot; levels of technical leadership
  31. #108 - 5 Feb 2022 - Offboarding myself; Manager tools; Shorter, better, meetings; Managing up and out; Recruiters; Life science software; HPC security; Saurus; Getting to real-time ML
  32. #107 - 29 Jan 2022 - Common challenges; The Void of Success; Dev Interviews and Codespaces; RSE use cases; Petabase-scale sequencing data exploration; Clean code isn't a thing; Tables from PDFs; Learning from Incidents
  33. #106 - 16 Jan 2022 - Priorities and strategy mean saying no; Make yourself obsolete; Decision making; Writing more good; lab notebooks for debugging; code review is feedback; SUSE and CentOS; HPC vs DL GPUs; SSH Bastions
  34. #105 - 16 Jan 2022 - Log4j and Research Computing Needs; Careers survey; Office as a Tool; Ask for feedback; Copy questions, not answers; Discord for teaching; Scrum and Data Science; Mess with DNS
  35. #104 - 11 Dec 2021 - The responsibility of research computing; Retrospectives of wins; Diverse teams; Building accountability; Reviewing your year; Milestones, not projects; So you have a bunch of broken tests; Grassroots architecture decisions
  36. #103 - 4 Dec 2021 - The power of dissapointment; Templates for performance reviews and quarterly planning; Take time off intentionally; HPC training programs for schools & businesses; JAX for ocean sims; Simple Python GUIs; Intel just one option
  37. #102 - 27 Nov 2021 - On valuing people's time; Delegation superpowers; Manager goals; Managing up; ICs and Academics learn to product management; Garbage collection; Sketches for set comparison
  38. #101 - 19 Nov 2021 - Broad research computing teams; Giving and getting better feedback; Real-time alerts from Fast Radio Bursts; Gaining mroe 'technical wealth'; Simulation lab managers
  39. #100 - 12 Nov 2021 - Valuing ourselves; Owning the manager's authority; The programmer's brain; NVIDIA and AMD news; NVMe for HDD; JupyterHub and Kubernetes for Pangeo
  40. #99 - 5 Nov 2021 - Shaking off the status quo; Being directive without being a jerk; Stop looking for mentors; Testing with global variables; Software team productivity; 20k simulations with AWS Batch; annual backup checkup
  41. #98 - 29 Oct 2021 - The importance of the basics; Hour-long standups?; Getting answers to questions; Coordination models; RSE and tangled messes, part II; CI/CD minimal definitions; JAX for HPC and AI
  42. #97 - 22 Oct 2021 - Giving interview quetions in advance; How new managers fail their team; Looking for leadership jobs; Journal for digital humanities software; Adding type hints to a big code base; Jupyter notebooks and reproducibility; Data managers at Janssen
  43. #96 - 15 Oct 2021 - Debugging team progress; Managers (and others) as Integrators; Quit your job?; A successful Arm HPC hackathon; GROMACS benchmarking
  44. #95 - 8 Oct 2021 - The benefits of process; Hiring & Interviewing; Values, Tenets, & Guardrails; Filling in gaps: Students unfamiliar with directories; Profilers; Whither scrum in tech; Parquet for Pandas; GitHub Actions AuthN
  45. #94 - 1 Oct 2021 - The cost of informal leadership; Advancing the RCD workforce & RSE career paths; Supporting low-code contributions; Prevent late integration; Zero-egress-cost cloud storage; Differential Privacy; Page Caches; SSD vs HDD longevity
  46. #93 - 24 Sept 2021 - Activity vs Accomplishments; Unblocking one-on-ones; Data salaries; Coverage and Test Suite Effectiveness; NUMA and Netflix; SRE apprentices
  47. #92 - 17 Sept 2021 - Trying harder to hire; increasing silos; coaching and career development; mmap() vs specialized libraries; writing good documentation; datasheets for datasets; simulate, don't guess; Kubernetes or not; benchmarks using Optane
  48. #91 - 10 Sept 2021 - Technological readiness for research computing and data; attrition is ok, and so is process; demo-driven development; software devs need more ops knowledge; the state of CXL and AWS Parallel Cluster
  49. #90 - 3 Sept 2021 - What's your team's specialty? Yak spotting; getting the most out of an internship program; management as a technology; software development waste; rethinking best practices; snakemake for bash scripts; docker desktop alternatives
  50. #89 - 27 Aug 2021 - Keeping team members, and seeing them off; Performance reviews; Improving explanations; Lower-precision float math; SmartNICs++: DPUs; On-call rotations; Teaching quantum computing
  51. #88 - 20 Aug 2021 - Strategic planning basics; minimum viable governance; syncing up when async isn't working; death to CSVs; new Intel chips
  52. #87 - 14 Aug 2021 - Research Computing teams are awesome. How do we help peers?; Communicating firings; Effective oversight; GitHub updates; Efficiency and AMD Zen2; Ransomware is about the basics
  53. #86 - 6 Aug 2021 - Research computing's inferiority complex; Interviewing resources; Staying visible while your team WFH; Software: 2 people per task; NVIDIA's new cloud; Incident reports; NSA's k8s tips
  54. #85 - 30 July 2021 - Now that we can, should we meet in person?; Writing better job ads; Taking time off; the UK's CLIMB-COVID; how Herbie happened; digital humanities project charters; bioinformatics webasm
  55. #84 - 24 July 2021 - Manager or IC: why not both (at different times)? Results of ARM HPC hackathon; Rendering 1+M particles and maps; A GitHub Actions/Neo4j project; Start incident responses early and small
  56. #83 - 16 July 2021 - Templates for ML workflows; Accountability in teams; Hiring before, during and after the interview; Instrumenting systems with eBPF; Making time with timeboxing; Data in Astronomy
  57. #82 - 10 July 2021 - VQGAN + CLIP; Coaching vs solving; Good meetings have purpose; Time-series databases; IoT training; Computing performance predictions; Real code makes better examples
  58. #81 - 2 July 2021 - Advantages of on-campus jobs; Know your lines - phrases for managers; Keeping an eye on stress; Hardware memory models; Networking - docker, DPUs & EVPN; Individuals don't 'devops'
  59. #80 - 25 June 2021 - Reonbarding to the office, and hybrid work; Managing former peers; Time management won't save you; migrating hands-on workshops online; when logging code fails; lessons from outages
  60. #79 - 18 June 2021 - One-on-one vents; the great job migration; always be quitting; moving a 400 person hackathon online; glue as the dark matter of software; security secrets
  61. #78 - 11 June 2021 - Miniroundup: how other readers have seen hybrid work; grant proposal for community code development
  62. #77 - 5 June 2021 - Remote hiring and diversity; Google's open source insights; Open source codes of conduct; Demos with JupyterLite; Training with SQLite data starter packs; Dask and UCX-Py; SRE hiring
  63. #76 - 28 May 2021 - Strategy for research computing teams; Hybrid work & Distributed teams fail slowly; Success profiles for jobs; Levels of reproducibility for software; Ethernet vs IB cont'd
  64. #75 - 22 May 2021 - What nonprofit & research computing grants have in common; Collaboration planning; Github Codespaces & flat data; The rest of tech discovers data-centric computing; Time series databases
  65. #74 - 14 May 2021 - Online Manager Training Options; Better communications; Dreading one-on-ones with a team member; More inclusive leadership from men; pair programming redux; the software development curve
  66. #73 - May 2021 - Three feedback models; building debugging puzzles; Pull Request processes; testibility = modularity; GitHub-pages hosted sqlite-powered websites; managable on-call
  67. #72 - 30 Apr 2021 - Team RFCs; Effective 1:1s; The RSE landscape; go ahead, add a timestep; the latest from AMD
  68. #71 - 23 April 2021 - Hiring for teams, not individuals; better meetings; microcredentials; Azure's Met Office Move
  69. #70 - 16 April 2021 - Preparing for post-pandemic departures; Embrace the grind; Ramadan tips for non-Muslim friends; NVIDIA GTC announcements; User-centred design for a research data portal
  70. #69 - 9 April 2021 - Planning a return to offices; Common misses in developing team members; PRs: yea or nay?; National lab vs academia; Collecting data from the internet of (old) things
  71. #68 - 2 April 2021 - Quarterly goal setting & review sessions; The resilience of mixed-seniority teams; Gaining mentors; Product manager skills; Postmortems from scratch; Computations at storage
  72. #67 - 26 Mar 2021 - When to use different feedback models; 1:1 summary notes template; meeting kinds; tools don't matter, outcomes do; virtual internships; being an interim manager; coding interviews, boo
  73. #66 - 19 Mar 2021 - Giving routine feedback; Forming teams remotely for your heist; Questions to guide decisions; Get up to speed with the literature; Dev (or SRE) team health metrics
  74. #65 - 12 March 2021 - Performance communication is expectations communication; The full range of skills needed for open science; Rust & Go; Dropbox stays on-prem and on-disk; Defining meaningful key results
  75. #64 - 5 March 2021 - Mentoring, coaching, and sponsoring team members; You can't give too much positive feedback; Data from Bristol's move to online training; Testing github actions locally; Learning from Ada
  76. #63 - 26 Feb 2021 - Final step in getting ready to hire - the job ad; ARM vs x86 for bwa-mem on AWS; Experiments and your team; Software leadership communities; Research s/w can be a tangled mess, and that's ok
  77. #62 - 19 Feb 2021 - Interview questions; measuring productivity (blockers); give tough feedback; name what's happening; building alignment around a new strategy; better logging; nomad
  78. #61 - 12 Feb 2021 - Making interview questions from job requirements; Giving tough feedback; EU Data cloud postmortems; Reporting to a Science Advisory Board; Whale-song seismology
  79. #60 - 5 Feb 2021 - Defining requirements for hiring; Importance of writing skills; The talent myth; Finding mentorship; Getting adoption of your tools is a lot of work; Programming books w/ pandoc
  80. #59 - 29 Jan 2021 - Hiring - getting to 'no'; Make boring plans; Starting in management isn't easy; @ncl_rse & Birmingham's RSE annual report; Risk adjusted backlogs; Firecracker VMs
  81. #58 - 22 January 2021 - The change management of stopping doing things; Your star employee just quit; Saying no to stakeholders; How to learn a codebase; Elastic's new license
  82. #57 - 15 Jan 2021 - Stop Doing Things Challenge #2; pros and cons of decentralized teams; engineering management books; creating a new virtual conference; 2 reasons for code review; analysis of HPC support tickets
  83. #56 - 9 Jan 2021 - The Stop Doing Something Challenge Part 1; embedding staff question; nudges; product ownership; property-based testing; against text protocols; more smaller HPCs; real time ML
  84. #55 - 18 Dec 2020 - No triangulated feedback; self-review; tech lead manager roles are a trap; collaboration agreements; gitops decisions; COVID-19 online teaching
  85. #54 - 11 Dec 2020 - Employee review questions; starting digital humanities projects; COVID hitting research charities; command-line interface guidelines CentOS -> CentOS Stream
  86. #53 - 4 Dec 2020 - What happens if you do and don't keep funding research infrastructure; 'annual' 'performance' reviews; keeping low priority tasks low priority; ARCD and research software; apologizing for outages
  87. #52 - 27 Nov 2020 - Focus and communiations; saying no; blogging research; emerging boring strategy; I/O APIs and performance
  88. #51 - 22 Nov 2020 - The new M1 - mainstream CPUs are getting weird; virtual onboarding and offboarding; virtual whiteboards; renegotiating your first vendor contract; From sysadmin to SRE
  89. #50 - 13 Nov 2020 - Task relevant maturity; COVIDs unequal effect on researchrs; writing papers about scientific software; strategically choosing a stack; research workloads on openshift kubernetes
  90. #49 - 6 Nov 2020 - Starting a new manager role; remote onboarding; asyncronous meetings; researcher engagement for computing and data; quality assurance checklist for research software
  91. #48 - 30 Oct 2020 - Architectural decision records; writing unwritten rules; hearing impairment and zoom; ask for feedback; Julia adoption; faster Docker builds;
  92. #47 - 23 Oct 2020 - The role of a technical manager; leading those more senior; embracing tension; the power of the paraphrase; risk plans; preparing for a wider range of CPUs; when code is hard to review
  93. #46 - 16 Oct 2020 - Fist-of-five voting; how clear are your goals to your team; more flexible work; 500 research computing team manager job ads; the role of a maintainer
  94. #45 - 9 Oct 2020 - You're probably not micromanaging; help, I'm a research computing manager; declining a meeting; recognizing open-source contributors; dual-licensing; chaos engineering in healthcare; eBPF
  95. #44 - Link Roundup, 2 Oct 2020
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  123. #16 - How To Quickly Start One-on-Ones with your Research Computing Team: A One-Week Plan of Action
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  129. #10 - Why Research Computing Management? Part 4 - Staying On Top of the Field
  130. #9 - Why Research Computing Management? Part 3 - Managing in Academia
  131. #8 - Why Research Computing Management? Part 2 - Pushing the Cutting Edge
  132. #7 - Why Research Computing Management? Part 1
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