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The first Brighton CTO Craft event went brilliantly last week, with Paul Butcher, former Chief Architect at SwiftKey giving a great deal of insight into how to grow multiple engineering teams quickly and safely. The next event is in London on the 27th - hope to see you there

CTOs in Conversation - Ecommerce! Nov 27 from 6.30pm


The CTO Craft Community has had another great week, with chats about estimates, recruitment fairs, professional development, stress, flat organisations and the overlap between product and tech; we'd love to have you in the conversation, so come on in!



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Retrospective Activities

Chaos Cocktail Party (#61)

Actively identify, discuss, clarify and prioritize a number of actions

Everyone writes one card with an action that they think is important to do - the more specific (SMART), the better. Then team members go around and chat about the cards like in a cocktail party. Every chat pair discusses the actions on their two cards. Stop the chatting after 1 minute. Each chat pair splits 5 points between the two cards. More points go to the more important action. Organize 3 to 5 rounds of chats (depending on group size). At the end everyone adds up the points on their card. In the end the cards are ranked by points and the team decides how much can be done in the next iteration, pulling from the top.

Addendum: In many settings you might want to randomly switch the cards in the beginning and between discussions. In this way, neither of the point splitting parties has a stake in which of the cards gets more points.

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