🦾 Blitzscaling, "Healthy" Teams, Bossware, Goal Setting, OLAs vs SLAs vs UCs, Roblox: TMW #264 by CTO Craft
We've been busy cramming in more and more amazing content and resources to give attendees of the upcoming CTO Craft MiniCon: The Complete Hiring Arc - thank you to everyone who's committed their support, picked up a ticket, made suggestions and most of all to the amazing speakers. It's going to be a brilliant event
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One new thing we're doing this time around is asking all our members and subscribers to send in their questions in advance, which we'll use in planning the talks and when speakers are doing Q&A. If you have anything you'd like to ask one of the speakers on the topic of hiring, drop me a reply here with your question :)
That's it, see you next week
Andy @ CTO Craft
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Reads of the Week
How are we Blitzscaling our Engineering Team?
Have you ever woke up to find that you have a target of hiring 100 Software Engineers in a quarter?
Psychological Safety Unlocks the Potential of Diverse Teams
The dissimilar backgrounds of diverse team members often result in clashes unless care is taken to create a psychologically safe environment.
Culture & People
What a Healthy Team Looks Like
The concept of “healthy teams” is something I stole from the Engineering Org at Pluralsight before the Vista acquisition. Most people attribute healthy teams to buzzwords like “collaboration” or “psychological safety".
‘Bossware is coming for almost every worker’: the software you might not realize is watching you
When the job of a young east coast-based analyst – we’ll call him James – went remote with the pandemic, he didn’t envisage any problems.
The Ultimate Guide to Onboarding Software Engineers
It’s Monday. You’re back at work after a nice weekend, feeling excited as the new engineer is joining your team today! She arrives, gets her laptop and first coffee, you have a nice chat about the weekend, then the question hits you: “So, what’s my first task?”.
10 Progressive Organizational Structures Developed By Real Companies
So, I recently came across an old tweet of Jurgen Appelo, in which he asks: "Apart from Holacracy, the "Spotify model" and Liquid Organization, what other frameworks/models do you know for adaptable org structures?" It made me reflect on all the different "adaptable organizational structures" we've
Leadership & Self-management
Goal Setting: A Philosophical Guide to Setting and Achieving Goals
What do the goals we set, whether personal or professional, require? If we hope to accomplish our goals, we need the discipline to hold ourselves accountable. We need the self-control to stay focused only on the things within our control. And we need the endurance to persist through difficulty.
Resources for Engineering Directors.
Recently I got an interesting question from someone looking for resources for Engineering Directors, as distinct from general engineering management:
I was wondering if you’ve written any posts geared towards engineering directors or have any recs for posts others have written..
The Top Three Priorities for Engineering Leaders in 2022 and beyond
In the era of the Great Resignation, engineering leaders need to get a 360 degree view of how their individual contributors and teams are doing. Creating a strong engineering culture is one of the most valuable things that you can do as an engineering leader.
Agile, Engineering & Product
OLAs vs. SLAs vs. UCs: What They Mean and How They're Different
Understanding SLAs, OLAs, and UCs is crucial to the software development process. Knowing the differences can help you create the best agreements for each relationship. Software development is a complex process, and the language that comes with it can be equally complicated.
That time we unplugged a data center to test our disaster readiness
On Thursday, November 18, 2021, Dropbox did not go down. On a normal day this would be a non-event—a sign that everything was operating as usual. However, this day was anything but usual.
Delivering Large-Scale Platform Reliability
Running any scalable distributed platform demands a commitment to reliability, to ensure customers have what they need when they need it. The dependencies could be rather intricate, especially with a platform as big as Roblox.
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