We have a packed issue this week, so I'll simply reiterate our support for everyone in Eastern Europe - you're still very much in all our thoughts.
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Andy @ CTO Craft
For International Women's Day 2022, we present some inspiring women in tech leadership and their individual journeys into their roles.
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In this session, CircleCI CTO Rob Zuber and eXate founder and CTO Sonal Rattan, will look at anonymized team data to share insights, behaviors, and metrics that lead teams to both high quality, and high velocity. They will share anonymised, aggregated data from millions of builds to show best practices on commits and pull requests, disaster recovery, frequency of deployment, and more.
Reads of the Week
While it has been only 11 days since Russia invaded Ukraine, it is already clear that the long-term impact on the tech industry is going to be substantial. The goal of this Article is to explore what those implications might be.
From January to September 2021, the Burnout Index collected 32,644 answers from across 33 countries. Results point to a burnout crisis in the tech sector.
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Culture & People
Boldly obscure names, age indicators, voices, etc. – to limit most conscious and unconscious screening biases. Diversity hiring fails to meet its goals regularly. Less than 2% of surveyed companies recently reported that they were “confident that they were achieving their DEI goals.”
At a previous job, we had a core value we described as “bias towards action”. This meant a few things to us: So when it came time to hire, we knew we needed to select people who’d align with this value.
A while back I had a conversation with a good friend, Santi Trench (VP of Sales in NetRivals) regarding motivation, high-performance teams, and KPIs for measuring them. He was leading a webinar for discussing these topics and asked me to join and explain our approach here at TravelPerk.
I’ve even seen engineers leave their jobs in search of clearer career progression and meaningful feedback from their leaders.
Leadership & Self-management
Claire Donald is our VP of engineering and an inspiring leader whose experience, vision and leadership skills are equalled only by her sense of fun. We asked Claire to tell us about being a woman in the still-very-male world of tech and the future of work.
This document describes why and how a tech company can offer a career path to its engineering technical leaders, that is, different tracks for “deep ICs” versus “broad ICs”.
I have conversations with people every week from organisations who are exploring new ways of working; some have just started, others have been experimenting for a few years. Here are some examples of complaints or laments they share with me.
Being a leader is hard! Balancing the personalities in the team, delivering the necessary results and driving the team forward. It takes time to develop your skills and your style and sometimes you need a little bit of an outside view to spot areas where maybe you could do things differently.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Here is everything you need to know to make reliable delivery commitments in just a couple of minutes: the Monte Carlo simulation explained!
Bring up the topic of “technical debt” to a software engineer, a product owner, a stakeholder, or heavens above, the gold owner. What happens? Do you get frowns? Smiles? Nervous fidgeting?
Technical Debt is such a loaded, misused, and misunderstood term. I imagine in most conversations when the topic comes up we probably aren’t even talking about the same thing.
In my career at Amazon as a software engineer, I’ve contributed to over 200 packages across 43 applications and services for 6 software products, from high-throughput AWS services to customer-facing web apps to infrequently-changed internal tools.
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