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平 Crafting a Tech Strategy, African Tech, Domains, Cognitive Systems, Termination, Decisions, Managing Up: TMW #221 by CTO Craft - Issue #221

Hello again!

This week sees the release of our most in-depth study of tech strategy - we've drawn from some amazing resources on vision and strategy, and the outcome is a must-read for anyone leading the technology function. We'd love to hear from you if you're currently working on a strategy for your team, or if you've used any other models for creating yours previously.

On Friday, we'll be sitting down with Charles Sekwalor of MoveMeBack who'll be sharing his insight on the tech ecosystem in Africa. Tune in if you'd like to know more about what's happening over there!

With that, on to the content... Until next time!

Andy @ CTO Craft

From the CTO Craft Blog

How to Create the Ultimate Technology Vision and Strategy

How to Create the Ultimate Technology Vision and Strategy

CTO Craft's advice on how to create the best strategy that will help companies achieve their technology vision and ensure success.

CTO Craft Bytes

Africa: The New Frontier of Tech: Fri 25 Jun 2021 at 12:30 BST

Africa: The New Frontier of Tech: Fri 25 Jun 2021 at 12:30 BST

This fireside chat will look at tech's evolution in Africa over the last 10 years, take a tour of big problems and opportunities being solved with tech in Africa, the current day VC and startup boom including regional ecosystem hotspots and hot industries and the tech talent and skills gap and opportunities for the audience to join early-stage startups.

Reads of the Week

What is a Domain?

What is a Domain?

In business, technology and general, the word domain appears frequently and with many different meanings in various contexts. This gets tricky at times when collaborating with different companies or communities that use different definitions.

My Leadership Document2021 Edition

My Leadership Document2021 Edition

Leadership is a loaded word. We attribute a lot to it; we expect a lot from it; we know when we see it, and yet, we dont have a concise way to describe what it means to be a great leader due to its many facets. Im a student of leadership.

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Culture & People

How Workplace Culture Affects Workplace Performance

How Workplace Culture Affects Workplace Performance

Despite the technological wizardry we have in our workplaces, humans are still the most important components. Culture should not be thought of as some happy-clappy, feelgood thing, but something that affects performance within the workplace

Designing like a joint cognitive system

Designing like a joint cognitive system

Theres a famous paper by Gary Klein, Paul Feltovich, and David Woods, called Common Ground and Coordination in Joint Activity. Written in 2004, this paper discusses the challenges a group of people face when trying to achieve a common goal.

How to Prevent a Rising Star from Flaming Out

How to Prevent a Rising Star from Flaming Out

If you had to name the top reasons some projects turn into spectacular failures, you probably wouldnt put having too much trust in leaders with strong track records high on your list.

How to Improve your Team's Communication and Psychological Safety

How to Improve your Team's Communication and Psychological Safety

Mapping your teams typical communication style can help improve communication and psychological safety, reduce friction within a team, and make conflict more productive. Paul Harding, agile coach at Lokulus, and Elly Griffith-Ward, agile coach at Booking.

Employee Termination: A Managers Guide to Getting it Right

Employee Termination: A Managers Guide to Getting it Right

One of the most challenging things you will ever do as a Manager is fire one of your employees. Lamenting about what to do and when to do it can be emotionally draining and stressful.

Leadership & Self-management

How long do you have to live with that decision?

How long do you have to live with that decision?

Many of the teams I work with struggle to make decisions. Whether its which designs to implement, which feature to prioritize or which process to use they spend hours debating, voting, building consensus while assessing all the various risks involved with that decision.

Managing Up (Even When Your Boss is Delusional)

Managing Up (Even When Your Boss is Delusional)

Leading other people is a noble pursuit. When you can help someone develop skills and realize success, it can be gratifying. Humbling. Rewarding. Hopefully, that drives you to become a better leader. Leading others can also be challenging.

What is a Time Audit? (+ How to Conduct One)

What is a Time Audit? (+ How to Conduct One)

Its common to feel like there just isnt enough time in a single day to cross off everything on your to-do list or that you dont have control of your time like you once did. Time management can be a difficult skill to master, no matter what kind of life you have.

How to Communicate Like a Leader

If youre an extrovert, communicating feels like second nature and is likely done without much thought. For introverts, communicating can feel difficult because of a tendency to over-analyze, anxiety around saying the wrong thing, or just a natural preference for listening and absorbing rather than talking in a group setting.

The VPP/VPE Relationship

The VPP/VPE Relationship

At most companies, Product and Engineering are separate organizations. But effective organizations arent really separate: neither can succeed without the other. Without good product management, engineering might ship great code, but they risk shipping features that customers dont want.

Agile, Engineering & Product

How To Run A Sprint Review, Online?

How To Run A Sprint Review, Online?

Ever since Christiaan and I shifted our focus towards product development in specific, the Scrum Team Survey the Sprint Review became an important recurring event. Its important because the Sprint Review contains an element we cant go without.

Should You Re-Estimate Unfinished Stories?

Should You Re-Estimate Unfinished Stories?

As well-intentioned as teams are, its really hard to finish absolutely everything by the end of a sprint. A team may have grabbed eight product backlog items (typically user stories), but only finish six or seven of them.

So, When Will It Be Done? And How Much Will It Cost?

So, When Will It Be Done? And How Much Will It Cost?

If theres one question that puts all those lofty ideas about Agile and Scrum to the test, it is when a customer or manager casually asks: So, when is it done? And how much will it cost?. It's also one of the most natural and obvious questions for a customer to ask.

Incident writeup as sociological storytelling

Incident writeup as sociological storytelling

Back when Game of Thrones was ending, the sociology professor Zeynep Tufekci wrote an essay titled The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones. Up until the last season, Game of Thrones was told as a sociological story.

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Andy