Hi there, welcome to the week!
A reminder that we'll be back in London this week for our first Bytes London event in nearly 5 years. It's going to be a great event, and if you've toyed with the idea of taking interim or fractional CTO roles, you won't want to miss it. The session will be recorded, so don't worry if you're not able to attend or aren't in London - you'll be able to catch up. A huge thanks to Albany Partners and all the amazing panelists.
Don't forget we're always starting new Circles - there are now nearly 200 Circle members, in Europe, Africa and America. If you'd like to have a chat, just drop me a reply here!
Until we meet again
Andy @ CTO Craft
CTO Craft Bytes
We’re thrilled to be hosting our first in person event after a long hiatus.
Alongside Albany Partners, we’ll be hosting a panel discussion featuring Meri Williams - legendary CTO and NED, Alfonso Ferrandez - fractional CTO and co-founder at UREGO, and David Mackey - Director of Interim at Albany Partners.
Reads of the Week
Five experiments for establishing team psychological safety. Odds are you’ve heard the term “psychological safety” before and know it’s an important component of a functioning team.
This week I read What Distinguishes Great Software Engineers?, a paper by Microsoft researchers Paul Luo Li, Amy J. Ko, and Andrew Begel. This research study sought to identify the most important attributes that distinguish great engineers.
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Culture & People
A viable system continues to function in a changing environment. We want our companies—and some teams—to be sustainable this way. How does your team contribute? Does your team have all the components of a viable system… and should it?
Discussions of how to deliver software faster are ubiquitous in our communities. There’s a lot of noise around processes and organizational structures, but not much around improving trust as an enabler for fast flow.
Having worked in a number of scale-ups in the last 10 years, there are a few principles I have adopted for scaling Tech and Product teams. The first one, is to organize teams to be cross-functional.
Here’s a hypothetical scenario. Maybe you can relate. Two department heads are leading a project for a tech startup on the cusp of exponential growth. They don’t get along. In fact, they have never gotten along. And working in close contact has exacerbated their problems.
Leadership & Self-management
How can I look good to my boss? How do I stay on the same page as them?
You care about your team and the work they’re doing. They’re working hard. And if they’re like so many teams we work with, they yearn for better recognition. They want to know their work matters and that you (and your boss) appreciate all they do.
I’ve led many projects with deadlines over my career, but one stands out from how much I learned about planning. My team needed to redesign all five applications within three months. The problem was the sheer amount of work.
If you run teams for long enough, you’re going to need to give people bad news. No matter the situation, there are some universal steps on how to give bad news.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a British writer from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. As for his times, we would call him an influencer or a maven. He had a lot of opinions and did not hesitate to share them.
I've raised this issue with my manager and they've told me that I can transfer if i want those pay scales but that's not a possibility for me. If the company is willing to pay me that amount in a different location, why can't it pay me the same here?
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