🎸 Conference Details, Performance Reviews, Celebrating, Conway, Probability Errors, Devops Reading List TMW #191 by CTO Craft
It's here! The time has come at long last - our very first conference will begin tomorrow at 4pm GMT. We're still tying up loose ends and polishing everything ready for you all to join us, and if you have a ticket you should have already received joining instructions. If you haven't received that yet, please drop me a reply to this message.
There's still time to grab a ticket - if you can't make all the sessions, they'll all be available as recordings to ticket holders after the event:
👉 CTO Craft Con: The People One, Dec 1st - 3rd 2020, 4 - 7pm GMT
That's all from me - look forward to seeing you tomorrow :)
Andy @ CTO Craft
From CTO Craft
Spotlight Q&A with GitHub's Jason Warner
CTO of GitHub, Jason Warner shares his insights on distributed teams, remote working tools and books to level up your leadership skills.
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Culture & People
Common Performance Review Biases: How to Spot and Counter Them
I've done dozens of performance reviews while I was an engineering manager at Uber. One thing I learned early on is just how many unconscious biases I had.
Ways to Celebrate Your Remote Team
Equally important to remote team productivity and team building is appreciating and celebrating your remote team.
Conway’s Law: Critical for Efficient Team Design in Tech
Conway’s law is critical to understanding the forces at play when organizing teams amidst the long-lasting, unattended impact they can have on our software systems, as the latter have become larger and more interconnected than ever before.
How to measure and improve success in your engineering team
As an engineering leader, senior developer, or founder of a new startup, I want you to take a minute and think – really think – about a project you are currently working on.
Leadership & Self-management
Many leaders I know get mired in an endless stream of transactions and never learn to see or harness the power of connections. We are at our best when we creating connections. In fact, as noted in the title of this post, I think it is one of the key attributes of an effective leader.
Common Probability Errors to Avoid
If you’re trying to gain a rapid understanding of a new area, one of the most important things you can do is to identify common mistakes people make, then avoid them. Here are some of the most predictable errors we tend to make when thinking about statistics.
Leveraging a Manager Weekly Newsletter for Team Communication
I started my journey as an Engineering Manager at SoundCloud close to a year ago. This came after working as a Software Engineer for more than a decade, most of which I spent as an iOS Engineer. Since then, I’ve been trying to figure out my role and expand my knowledge on the subject.
What I Learned About Myself In a C-Suite Job
Just over three years ago, I found myself in a C-level job unexpected in my grand career scheme. I had spent the previous 12 years as a home-based solo communications consultant and strategic-planning facilitator. I liked that life and had imagined finishing my career that way.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Illuminating the Intangibles of Agile
We intuitively know that a successful agile adoption requires more than copying agile practices. It needs more than just working in short iterations and having daily stand-up meetings. But can we label those missing ingredients?
The DevOps Reading List: Choosing your next DevOps book
You like books. You want to learn more about DevOps. Either you are new to the topic, or you are looking to expand your knowledge, but you’re overwhelmed by the options. It seems like everyone has an opinion, and you don't know where to start or what to read first/next.
10 Proven Stakeholder Communication Tactics during an Agile Transition
Stakeholder communication: It is simply not enough for an agile product development organization to create great code and ship the resulting product like a clockwork. You also need to talk about it, particularly at the beginning of your agile transition.
Liberating Structures - an Antidote to Zombie Scrum
Key Takeaways Scrum is huge! It’s been massively adopted by organizations and has become the software development framework of choice. Many organizations and teams think they’re doing Scrum, when in reality they’re not even close.
How we doubled the representation of women in Engineering at Clio
I’ve written this post in response to requests from other folks in tech who would like to do something similar at their companies.
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