Hi there, welcome to the week!
You may remember we announce CTO Craft Learn at the conference in December, with some early-bird pricing for the first courses and workshops, which will be launching in February. We've made some amazing progress on those and we're almost ready to run some beta tests of the first of the Labs workshops over the next few weeks
That early-bird tier is still in place, so get in quick if you'd like to take advantage. The first few Labs and Masters will cover topics including 1:1s and Feedback, the First 90 Days in a Leadership Role, High Performance Teams, Organisational Design and Building Alignment, along with a load more.
This week's Bytes event will feature John Wards of the Economist in conversation with Emma Hopkinson-Spark of 101 Ways on the topic of incident management, post mortems, etc:
📆 CTO Craft Bytes: Damage Control: Fixing the Fallout - Fri January 29th, 12:30 GMT
Until next time!
Andy @ CTO Craft
Reads of the Week
Andreas Wolff, CTO of healthcare technology company Pando discusses how titles can aid communication and benefit your organisation.
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Culture & People
Back when I was still taking public transport, I remember being on a mostly empty train one sunny afternoon. There was a young woman standing holding onto the pole with a large portfolio propped against her leg, maybe heading to university, maybe an interview, maybe her entry-level creative job.
Many companies strive to cultivate a culture where emotions are anything but volatile. Having an even-keeled demeanor is seen as a formula for cohesiveness. Even-keeled teammates don't lash out at colleagues. They don't create a hostile workplace.
How about an irreverent respite? In today’s post we’ll look at the 1973 book, Malice in Blunderland, by Thomas L. Martin, Jr., once the Dean of Engineering at the University of Arizona and later the President of the Illinois Institute of Technology.
COVID-19 has forced companies the world over to enact — or create — remote working protocols. The likes of Box, Amazon, Airbnb, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have all told their employees some variation of “work from home”.
Leadership & Self-management
Questionable Advice: “How do I feel worthwhile as a manager when my people are doing all the implementing?”
Hey, real quick: how long have you been managing? If it’s less than two years, honey, the answer is “you don’t.” Your feelings about your performance don’t mean much in a new role. If you think you’re crushing it, you probably aren’t.
We know a thing because it belongs to a class; we see a thing because it belongs to itself. — Chapter 9, The religion of Man, Rabindranath Tagore. In addition to using those 1:1s to listen and to build confidence with the team, I also used them to map out my evaluation of the team.
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.
Once or twice a year I’ll go through a phase of extreme delegation to cope with the demands of startup life. I make long lists of my worries — responsibilities, systems, activities, even relationships — and ruthlessly brainstorm how to hand them off to someone else.
Recently I asked my subscribers to describe some of the leadership challenges they were facing. One topic that kept coming up was leading former peers. One respondent wrote that he had gone from “being one of the guys in the office for the past 18 years to being their director.
Agile, Engineering & Product
This article explains what a risk-adjusted backlog is, why they are useful, how to create one and how teams work with them. What is a Risk-Adjusted Backlog?
In my years as a software engineer I was always drawn to the shiny new things. But time and time again I got confronted with code ridden with technical debt. If you are working in tech you probably heard of technical debt.
As a system grows, higher-order abstractions are needed for ease of understanding, communication, and management. In Geography, continents are a higher order abstraction that allow us to collectively describe a large number of countries in a single word.
Here’s a question that all of us software developers face: How can we best use our knowledge about the past behavior of our system to figure out where we should be investing our time? One approach is to use a technique from the SRE world called error budgets.
The railroad system in Dalian, northern China, collapsed citywide on Tuesday for up to 20 hours after the Adobe Flash programing software stopped running. Adobe had announced as early as 2017 that it would cease support for the multimedia software on Dec. 30 last year.
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