Crux of The Effective Engineer talk by Edmond Lau:

  • Optimize for learning – small improvements compound over time.
  • Invest in tools & automation – automate anything that you do more than twice a year.
  • Validate before you implement – test your ideas for features and designs before investing the time and effort to implement them, you don’t want to work on the wrong thing.
  • Keep it simple – complexity is a compounding tax on productivity and communications.
  • Work with people that value learning, invest in tools, test their ideas, and simplify things.