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This Thursday we'll be chatting with seasoned interim CTO and coach David Subar - David's been a long-time friend of CTO Craft and a regular in our Bytes events, and he's part of the team that runs the LA CTO Forum. He'll be chatting about his learnings as a CTO and coach, including collaboration and alignment, getting support as a leader, and a whole lot more. Tune in!
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David will be covering topics ranging from effective team collaboration and alignment, getting support as a CTO, and the lessons he's learnt as a CTO coach.
Reads of the Week
This week, we’ll look closer at a subject that seems simple in principle, but in practice can be quite tricky. I’m aware that the topic of giving feedback may come across as quite dry, and that the next tab or email might appear more interesting to read; but please be patient with me here.
2022 is the year where Tech Compensation drops for the first time in decades. You hear non-stop about the rising costs associated with inflation, rents increasing ,and higher mortgage interest rates.
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Culture & People
It has always been easier to break things than to make things. Software is no different. If anything, software has made it explicit. We can prove there are an infinite number of valid software programs. How many of those actually do what we want, without bugs?
Workplace behaviors can happen by accident or by design. Team Rituals are a repeated enactment of a particular set of behaviors, scripts, and interactions — they wire people’s brain for success.
First of all, a caveat — I’ve never been a line manager to a software engineer but have coached developers in previous roles in an informal way.
If you want to inspire and motivate others to achieve high levels of performance, tap into the power of emotion. In the research for our book, The Inspiring Leader, my coauthors and I analyzed 360-degree survey data on 25,000 leaders.
Leadership & Self-management
Stick with me while I explore strategy. This post is about a common problem: yo-yo strategies. Does your company change strategy every six months? Do things feel highly reactive? Is your team experiencing whiplash as it responds to the latest shifts?
You can’t drift to high performance. Skillful leaders challenge people.
The first time I encountered it, Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto made intuitive sense to me. The book's thesis is straightforward: using checklists can lead to greater efficiency, consistency, and safety in the execution of complex tasks. Gawande, a surgeon, writes
As leaders we must perfect the craft of communication. It’s non-negotiable.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Product roadmaps are an invaluable tool – not only for product managers, but every stakeholder involved in bringing a product to market. They are a statement of intent, providing clarity around your product plan and guiding you toward your product vision.
My typical reaction ranges from astonishment to bewilderment. Considering the number of times I have heard this type of statement, my level of surprise should diminish. But instead, my shock persists. After all, Agile methods are a strategy to reduce risk.
I’ve been confused about what’s going on with terminals for a long time. But this past week I was using xterm.
As software consultants, we work with a lot of legacy software systems.
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