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We delve further into the total cost of ownership, how and why CTOs will approach it differently, hidden costs and how to prepare for it.
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Reads of the Week
What’s your feeling when reading that quote? Are you strongly in agreement, generally in agreement, or perhaps you’re shaking your head in disagreement? The quote reflects a sentiment I notice from leaders in top-down, hierarchical organizations.
Over the last few years, I’ve grown from a fine to a good operator. Some of these lessons I learned by watching some great operators during my time at Stripe, and some I learned the hard way. Operating well is a state, not an outcome.
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Culture & People
On this page, we're detailing considerations for being an excellent remote manager. Many traits found in superb remote managers are also found in managers of colocated teams, though there are nuances to serving, leading, and guiding when managing teams that you do not see in-person each day.
In the spring of 2014, Uber’s Chief Product Officer, Jeff Holden, sent an email to the tech team. The changes outlined in this email would change how engineering operated and shape the culture for years to come.
Experienced leaders are coming to grips with a younger workforce that wants more out of life than working long stressful hours. Stressed employees want to minimize pressure. Leaders feel pressure to do more with less.
We recently held a brainstorming session at our office for the newest on-demand course for the Academy—one about the concept of Psychological Safety. During the session, we discussed how one of the things you can do to create psychological safety is to embrace failure instead of avoiding it.
We were going to our offices. In-person meetings were the norm, you could quickly pop into someone’s office for a chat, and “working from home” was something you only did out of necessity. Now, it’s not just me working from home. It’s not even just our company.
Leadership & Self-management
Can today’s overwhelmed managers be effective leaders with management theories from 40 years ago? They certainly can. It’s all about communication.
When you’re working in a group, you need to know how to coordinate. Coordination requires a shared understanding of how everyone will work together. Most human groups define Roles. Roles help clarify boundaries and expectations for people working together.
On a bright summer day, six-year-old me jumped on a trampoline under a vast, blue sky as my mom stood by. Suddenly, I stopped jumping. When my mom asked me why I pointed to a stranger standing close by. I wanted nothing to do with strangers. I wanted to hide.
Coaching is a leadership superpower. Coaching saves you time. It helps you delegate. It improves performance, builds capability and helps tap into everyone’s creative process. It’s also pretty good for organisational performance.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Janna’s talk looks at modern roadmapping best practices, including where lean roadmapping came from and how to put it to use in your organization. It covers practical tips on how to move away from old school feature and date driven roadmaps, and how to move your team on to a leaner, more objective-focused track of product management using OKRs (Objectives and Key Results).
When faced with a problem, there’s a general tendency for people to only consider the immediate contributing factors. The “5” in “5 Whys” is a reminder to go beyond shallow attribution and keep exploring underlying causes.
An Agile Delivery Model will only take you so far. Many organizations simply go through the motions of Scrum. The teams are diligently having their daily standups, rigorously writing user stories, and dutifully performing a retro at the end of every sprint. Yet, they still fail to improve.
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