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Last Friday's CTO Craft Bytes session on ways to fill skills gaps internally is now online over at our Crowdcast page - the conversation between Hywel and Emma was fascinating; definitely worth checking out. This week's session will be a chat with Tom Gell of Trust Keith, a GDPR and Data Protection consultancy, who'll give us the low-down on what we as technologists need to know in the current climate. Check in if data protection is on your short-term roadmap - details are below.
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From the CTO Craft Blog
We sit down with Zego's CTO, Vicky Wills to find out what makes her tick, the secrets to hiring top talent and why she loves Git so much.
CTO Craft Bytes
Tom Gell, Head of Data Protection at Trust Keith, will share his own experience and answer all of your burning data protection questions in simple terms. Hear what you need to know, what you don't and how to apply it within your organisation to ensure compliance.
Reads of the Week
How hard is it to hire a female senior software engineer in Europe? In search of an answer, we took a deep dive into our 600,000,000 candidates’ profiles database collected from 50+ open sources online.
We've rounded up a curated set of attributes you may be overlooking in your hiring process — and the interview questions you can use to surface them.
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Culture & People
We recently had a virtual cup of coffee with Jamshed Vesuna, an Engineering Manager on the Payments Team, to learn more about a new program he helped launch — Engineering Bootcamp, the department’s onboarding program for new hires. New Robinhoodies go through Engineering Bootcamp.
As our economy becomes more globalised and large corporations have more operations in multiple countries, one may be tempted to believe that local cultures play less and less of a role.
Earlier this year I received the task of building a new software development team in order to focus on a strategic project.
The future of work is hybrid. Whether we like it or not, hybrid and virtual work is here to stay as the workforce becomes more distributed.
Leadership & Self-management
As COVID-19 restrictions ease, vaccinations rise, and workers return to the office, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared to prevent any cybersecurity, technical, and safety issues from affecting your systems and people.
While in your favorite department store, you spot a very attractive pair of “professional” shoes. You happen to know that starting tomorrow, all ladies’ shoes will be 30% off. What would you do? It’s true, not everyone is motivated by a sale price.
Change can happen within the borders of a team, as well as among teams of team. In all cases, it helps to have a clear process for how decisions will be made along the way. There are many patterns for effective decision-making within teams and at team boundaries.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Do We Need Agile Coaches when Practicing Scrum? Don’t get me wrong; my LinkedIn profile states “Professional Scrum Trainer, Agile Coach, and Scrum Master,” as ‘agile coach’ is an important search term.
I've looked back at the end of every software project I've ever been on and thought, "If I'd known then what I know now, I'd have been done in half the time." Despite this, I've never thought carefully about exactly where all the time went and why so much of it felt wasted.
There’s been a lot of buzz around APIs, “no code,” and “low code”: Developers can add new features more easily than ever before! While it’s true that this new wave of tools has helped developers build bigger systems, and build them faster, it turns out that developers are now spending th
Over the last six months, I’ve learned how the best software engineers and leaders manage technical debt. I’ve interviewed more than 200 experts to understand how tech debt is handled at growing software companies.
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