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333: Writing an Effective Self Review

February 12, 2020

This week, we discuss the ins-and-outs of writing an effective self review: What should you talk about? How important is it? What does a bad self review look like? As always, we share our cool things of the week, this time including a new provider for Marshall's favorite esport, and a movie that is "cool" or...something.

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Huge shoutouts to our latest Very Important Pixels!

  • Loukas Papantoniou
  • Wan Jung Hung
  • Ryan Koble
  • Billy Purdy
  • Michael Fitzgerald


  • We don't hate XD, we just don't know how to use it!
  • Cal Rowston shared a very bad side effect of using the internet: every tiny thing you do has the potential to turn up in a background check.



  • Figma Auto Layout added certain constraint support. It's a big win, but still not perfect. Either way, we're happy!
    • Marshall also has a challenge for you!
  • Figma's first conference, Config (aka figCon Copyright© 2020 Marshall Bock) was a lot of fun. If you have a chance to go in the future, we recommend it.

Listener Question:

  • Kevin Gutowski asks: "What do you think of self assessments? Do you do them at your current job? How often do you do them? What do they look like? What are some of the questions that you answer? Are they a part of how you can get a raise? What makes a good assessment experience or a bad one? I wanna know the deets so I can compare notes."

Cool Things:

  • Brian shared 6 Underground, a not-that-great movie that he lasted 20 minutes watching. How far will you make it?
  • Marshall shared that Overwatch League is headed to YouTube Gaming! The new season has started, and YouTube's live features allow for DVR-like rewind and pause, making it much easier to keep up with the games.

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