This week's CTO Craft Bytes session will look at how to ensure your engineering org actually benefits from having implemented the DORA metrics described in the seminal Accelerate book. If you've just put these in place, you'll want to dial in to make sure the effort is rewarded.
We've got a strong focus on executive presence and communicating outside engineering this week - I've always considered a key part of the a CTO's responsibilities to be translating engineering related topics to the rest of the leadership team, and to others in the organisation. Read on for some good approaches to acting as tech's translator.
Until next time!
Andy @ CTO Craft
CTO Craft Bytes
Keeping track of DORA metrics (deployment frequency, change lead time, change failure rate, and mean time to recover) is one thing. But if you really want to turn the data into insights and the insights into action, you'll also need buy-in from the engineering organization, tangible goals, and a culture that encourages continuous development.
Reads of the Week
Engineering-driven work (such as tech debt, addressing technical risks, or enhancing the system to open up new opportunities) often gets deprioritized because leadership and product management don't see the value in this work.
Does this Sound Familiar? Techie: We are drowning in technical debt! Business person: Oh really! What is it costing us? Techie: Oh, it’s not that. What I’m saying is the code doesn’t use best practices, there are alot of things hard coded and lots of spaghetti code.
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Leadership & Self-management
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Agile, Engineering & Product
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