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🚀 CTO Craft Con! Values Engines, Games, Time Management, Saying No, Mobile Platform Teams, Security OKRs: TMW #201 by CTO Craft

Hi all! Time for a big announcement....

We’re coming back in March with another CTO Craft Con!

If you joined us for our inaugural conference on all things People, Teams and Culture, you’ll know that it went quite (read: really) well. If you missed out, don’t worry, we’re doing it all over again in March but this time bigger and better.

On the agenda this time are Delivery, Metrics and Releases: a three-day virtual programme 23-25 March 2021.

This spring, you'll hear some of the world’s greatest CTOs and engineering leaders talk all things planning, process, metrics and getting products and projects off the ground and out the door.

Today we’re excited to announce a very special early bird offer: the first 45 ticket buyers will receive an invitation to test drive one of our brand new CTO Craft Labs workshops before the event (1x3 hour session for free, worth £350!)

As last time, TMW subscribers can buy tickets for £80 instead of £95. Your £15 discount should automatically be applied, but if not, use the code togetherORDERLYgold when prompted at the checkout.

Get your discounted tickets today!  http://bit.ly/3jflSpt

We’ll be announcing speakers very soon, watch this space!

This Friday's Bytes event will be a panel on Self-Organising Teams, with Claire Donald, VP Eng at MOO.com, Marcus Lambert, CTO at Omobono and Vlad Galu, Consulting CTO at 101 Ways:

📆 CTO Craft Bytes - Autonomous: Building Self-Organisation in Your Teams - Fri February 12th, 12:30 GMT

Have a great week!

Andy @ CTO Craft

CTO Craft Con 2021: The Delivery One, Tue 23 - Thurs 25 Mar 2021

CTO Craft Con 2021: The Delivery One, Tue 23 - Thurs 25 Mar 2021

This spring, hear some of the world's greatest senior engineering figureheads talk all things planning, process, performance and getting products and projects off the ground and out the door.

About our Partners

A huge, huge thanks to our partners for supporting CTO Craft in 2021 - you’re all amazing!

Amazon Web Services, The Scale Factory, 101 Ways, YLD, LinearB, Albany Partners, Skiller Whale, iTechArt Group and PGS Software

🥝 🥝  If you’re interested in seeing our Partnership Opportunities, drop a reply to this email! 🥝 🥝

Culture & People

3 steps to building a values engine to transform culture

3 steps to building a values engine to transform culture

I’m a member of a small startup team which recently doubled in size. Along the process, we started searching for a framework to define our values and build our company culture. As an ex-recruiter, I’ve always been an avid reader of culture content so I know it’s something worth investing in.

Remote Onboarding: How to Save New Hires from Social Isolation

Remote Onboarding: How to Save New Hires from Social Isolation

Creating an effective remote onboarding process is essential for tech companies working with a distributed model.

Why Games are the Solution to Remote Team Building

Why Games are the Solution to Remote Team Building

The problem: remote work makes it dramatically harder to socialize with your teammates. There's no going to the bar, you can't read body language, and spontaneous conversation evaporates.

How to Layoff Employees in a Humane Way

How to Layoff Employees in a Humane Way

There’s no two ways about it: leading an organization through a round of layoffs is excruciating. But at NOBL, we believe that even a difficult transition can be executed with empathy and humanity.

Engineering productivity can be measured - just not how you'd expect

From each of our two experiences starting out as introductory-level engineers at Box, to becoming first-time managers overseeing five-person teams, then directors overseeing 30-50, and ultimately VPs managing hundreds, we've experienced software engineering from every angle.

Leadership & Self-management

A Simple Trick for Adding More Hours to the Day

A Simple Trick for Adding More Hours to the Day

OK, not literally. But with this radically simple idea you just might feel like you've finally got that 25th hour.

5 Tips for Saying No to Stakeholders

Saying no is a firm part of our job as product people: Trying to please everyone and taking on board every idea is hardly a recipe for achieving product success. But saying no can be tough, especially when we are faced with a senior, assertive stakeholder.

10 technical strategies to avoid when scaling your startup (and 5 to embrace)

10 technical strategies to avoid when scaling your startup (and 5 to embrace)

From premature optimization to over-engineering solutions for your product, it’s easy to get caught up in making technology decisions that slow you down instead of speeding you up.

The middle slump: the power of weekly project goals

The middle slump: the power of weekly project goals

There’s a thing writers call the middle slump. It’s that period in the middle of writing something when the author has lost initial momentum, feels stuck and has difficulty making forward progress. The idea of the middle slump is pretty universal. There are examples everywhere.

Agile, Engineering & Product

Fulfilling the promise of CI/CD

Fulfilling the promise of CI/CD

When people say “CI/CD,” they are only talking about continuous integration. Nobody is talking about (or practicing) continuous deployment. AT ALL. It’s like we have all forgotten it exists. It's time to change that.

You Can’t be Lean Unless You’re Agile

You Can’t be Lean Unless You’re Agile

I see so much talk and confusion over what’s Lean and what’s Agile. The two terms can get used interchangeably, so much so that in some places they’re blended into one term, simply Lean-Agile (thanks again, SAFe 🙄).

Mobile Platform Teams

Mobile Platform Teams

As the number of mobile engineers working on an app - or in the company - grows, the trend of “reinventing the wheel” tends to emerge as one of the many challenges of building mobile apps at scale. TeamA will need a piece of functionality - like logging, analytics, data storage and others.

How Agile Has Changed Product Management

How Agile Has Changed Product Management

As the Manifesto for Agile Software Development celebrates its 20th anniversary, I take a look at how agile practices have influenced and changed product management. I discuss the benefits that have been achieved and the challenges that still remain.

Building effective security OKRs

Building effective security OKRs

How do you set the strategy for a security team? If your goals are vague, people on your team will work on whatever they’re interested in because there’s no clear mission.

What Else?

How SaaS CTOs can improve their company’s security

How SaaS CTOs can improve their company’s security

For many SaaS startups, security takes a backseat to other needs and functions in the early stages of the company.

That’s it!

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https://ctocraft.com/community

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Have an amazing week!

Andy