Those of you who in the CTO Craft Slack will have spotted our big news last week - we're planning a conference!
Plans are still coming together, and we'll be doing a formal launch shortly, but we've got amazing sessions with the CTO of Github, VPs from CircleCI, Headspace, LinkedIn, Twitter, and a load of others on the line-up. Have a look at the conference page for a sneak peek and to grab your early-bird tickets: https://conference.ctocraft.com
This week's Bytes panel will be on Embracing Organisational Agility, with Giles Lindsay and Alistair Corrie:
📆 CTO Craft Bytes - Embrace Organisational Agility - Fri, October 30, 2020 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM GMT
Hywel Carver's Tech Lead Dinners are going virtual this time, and there are two events still to come:
- Two-tier teams (leading the team leads who lead teams) on 28 October
- Huge teams (too big to have a two-tier structure) on 4 November
Thanks as always to our Headline Partner, Amazon Web Services - if you’re interested in partnering, drop us a line!
Until next time
Andy @ CTO Craft
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