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  1. #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
  2. #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
  3. #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
  4. #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
  5. #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
  6. #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
  7. #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
  8. #115 - 26 Mar 2022 - Research's many roles; Making change easier; Falsify yourself; C is a protocol; Milan-X's V-Cache
  9. #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
  10. #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
  11. #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
  12. #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
  13. #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
  14. #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
  15. #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
  16. #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
  17. #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
  18. #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
  19. #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
  20. #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
  21. #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
  22. #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
  23. #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
  24. #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
  25. #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
  26. #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
  27. #96 - 15 Oct 2021 - Debugging team progress; Managers (and others) as Integrators; Quit your job?; A successful Arm HPC hackathon; GROMACS benchmarking
  28. #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
  29. #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
  30. #93 - 24 Sept 2021 - Activity vs Accomplishments; Unblocking one-on-ones; Data salaries; Coverage and Test Suite Effectiveness; NUMA and Netflix; SRE apprentices
  31. #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
  32. #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
  33. #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
  34. #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
  35. #88 - 20 Aug 2021 - Strategic planning basics; minimum viable governance; syncing up when async isn't working; death to CSVs; new Intel chips
  36. #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
  37. #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
  38. #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
  39. #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
  40. #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
  41. #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
  42. #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'
  43. #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
  44. #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
  45. #78 - 11 June 2021 - Miniroundup: how other readers have seen hybrid work; grant proposal for community code development
  46. #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
  47. #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
  48. #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
  49. #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
  50. #73 - May 2021 - Three feedback models; building debugging puzzles; Pull Request processes; testibility = modularity; GitHub-pages hosted sqlite-powered websites; managable on-call
  51. #72 - 30 Apr 2021 - Team RFCs; Effective 1:1s; The RSE landscape; go ahead, add a timestep; the latest from AMD
  52. #71 - 23 April 2021 - Hiring for teams, not individuals; better meetings; microcredentials; Azure's Met Office Move
  53. #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
  54. #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
  55. #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
  56. #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
  57. #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
  58. #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
  59. #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
  60. #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
  61. #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
  62. #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
  63. #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
  64. #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
  65. #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
  66. #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
  67. #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
  68. #55 - 18 Dec 2020 - No triangulated feedback; self-review; tech lead manager roles are a trap; collaboration agreements; gitops decisions; COVID-19 online teaching
  69. #54 - 11 Dec 2020 - Employee review questions; starting digital humanities projects; COVID hitting research charities; command-line interface guidelines CentOS -> CentOS Stream
  70. #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
  71. #52 - 27 Nov 2020 - Focus and communiations; saying no; blogging research; emerging boring strategy; I/O APIs and performance
  72. #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
  73. #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
  74. #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
  75. #48 - 30 Oct 2020 - Architectural decision records; writing unwritten rules; hearing impairment and zoom; ask for feedback; Julia adoption; faster Docker builds;
  76. #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
  77. #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
  78. #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
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  107. #16 - How To Quickly Start One-on-Ones with your Research Computing Team: A One-Week Plan of Action
  108. #15 - Link Roundup, 20 Mar 2020
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  113. #10 - Why Research Computing Management? Part 4 - Staying On Top of the Field
  114. #9 - Why Research Computing Management? Part 3 - Managing in Academia
  115. #8 - Why Research Computing Management? Part 2 - Pushing the Cutting Edge
  116. #7 - Why Research Computing Management? Part 1
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