Breadth First Growth

A newsletter for growing as a developer

Breadth First Growth is a weekly email with projects across computer science. Each project is designed to be completed in 2 hours or less and serve as a starting point for further learning.

We value “T-shaped” people.

That is, people who are both generalists (highly skilled at a broad set of valuable things—the top of the T) and also experts (among the best in their field within a narrow discipline—the vertical leg of the T).

This recipe is important for success at Valve. We often have to pass on people who are very strong generalists with-out expertise, or vice versa. An expert who is too narrow has difficulty collaborating. A generalist who doesn’t go deep enough in a single area ends up on the margins, not really contributing as an individual.

Valve Handbook for New Employees

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