Hello there! Welcome to the week
We're already knee-deep in planning mode for 2023 here at CTO Craft, on the back of a year that's seen massive growth in the community from all corners of the world, two more brilliant conferences, and the reintroduction of our in-person London Bytes. Thanks to everyone who came along to our Festive Social event last Friday - hope you all had a brilliant time!
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Jody Bailey has spent the last eight years of his nearly 30-year career on tech-leading EdTech software development teams.
Reads of the Week
I won’t be citing any examples here because there’s no need. You can run the tool yourself with topics you already know about. So let’s look at what’s going on under the hood. Mel Brooks’s Young…
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Culture & People
The intangible value of culture plays a big part in how a company can function. So, how can you ensure that you create and nurture a learning culture that gives your business an innovative edge?
By defining a career framework you define the jobs people can have in your organization. This quickly ripples into vital second and third-order implications around how your organization is structured, how information flows, and how people do their work.
Highly aligned, loosely coupled: How Shopify uses writing to get its 7,000+ employees on the same page
Since its humble beginnings as an online snowboard shop in 2006, Shopify has grown to be the world’s biggest e-commerce platform with over 7,000 employees globally. Editor in Chief, Courtney Symons is keenly aware of the role writing has played in keeping the company on the right path as it grows.
In our groups and organizations, we want to move forward. We want to get things done, take action and change things in the world. To do that, we need to align on what we will do together, and how. In other words, we need to decide.
Have you ever been asked "Do you feel recognised at work?" as part of an engagement survey perhaps from HR. It's a good question. We've known for at least 70 years that there is a connection between recognition and feeling motivated, appreciated and valued so its fair that HR might be interested if the company is getting it right.
Leadership & Self-management
The title does not matter. You can join as a Director of Engineering, VP of Engineering, CTO or Head of Engineering. What are you here for? What does the company expect from you? How can you set yourself up for success?
Leaders who feel the need to personally involve themselves in the minutia of the team’s operation rarely call themselves a “control freak”, but without realizing it, their need to control is impeding the very results they want so desperately to see.
While still hoping to give their team a final boost of motivation to hit those stretch goals before Q4 wraps up, many founders are undertaking the ritual of crafting plans for the next calendar year.
tl;dr Sometimes the right response to a request is “No.” Maybe “Yes” and “No” are the wrong words, or the wrong responses, particularly if you’re trying to initiate a conversation.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Good development should be boring. You follow the process from start to finish to reduce mistakes and problems. Most developers focus on creating software, but good developers make sure they don’t…
If you’re categorizing your incidents by cause, here are some options for causes that I’d love to see used. These are all taken directly from the field of cognitive systems engineering research. All of us are so often working near saturation: we have more work to do than time to do it.
I’ve been working on a zine about debugging for the last 6 months with my friend Marie, and one of the problems we ran into was figuring out how to explain the right attitude to take when debugging. We ended up writing a short debugging manifesto to start the zine with, and I’m pretty happy with how it came out.
In this article we lay bare the changes to the ISO 27001 standard that happened in 2022 - we show you exactly what changed in the ISO27001:2022 update
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