Welcome to the week - here's your regular shot of hand-curated reading material; remember to forward it on to anyone you think might enjoy the read!

Howdy!

We're still gathering names for upcoming CTO Mentoring Circles - if you'd like to get involved, drop me a reply here. Also, we're pulling together initial plans for the first set of CTO Craft Workshops, which will run in London in the Summer. If you have any suggestions for subjects, please let me know - we're also looking for good venues!

Oh - and well done to all of you who took part in the London Marathon! Hope you're not too sore this morning :)

Have a great week - see you soon!

Reads of the Week

Culture & People

Leadership & Self-Management

Agile, Engineering & Product

Retrospective Activities

Outside In (#124)

Turn blaming others into actions owned by the team

If your team has a tendency to see obstacles outside of their team and influence and primarily wants others to change, you can try this activity: 

Draw a big rectangle on the board and another rectangle inside of it, like a picture frame. Hang all complaints and grievances that surfaced in previous phases into the frame. 

Now comes the interesting twist: Explain that if they want anything in the outside frame to change, they will have to do something themselves to affect that change. Ask the team to come up with actions they can do. Put these actions into the inner rectangle (near the outer sticky they are addressing).

That's it!

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Have an amazing week!

Andy @ CTO Craft