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🦩 Leadership Grit, Making Decisions, Goal Setting, Trust, Career Conversations, Sprint Capacity, Sharding: TMW #387

How are you using GenAI tools? We want to know...
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Hello again! It's Monday!

Everyone's talking about GenAI and making some big claims - but how is it actually being used? What decisions are you and your team making about it? What part - if any - is it playing in your day to day work?

Last week, in partnership with Softwire, we launched a brand new survey to find out more about how you're using AI, the benefits you've realised, and the pitfalls you've identified. Your experiences can help shape our understanding of this crucial tool and cut through the hype - share your thoughts here:

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Reads of the Week

Document your product and software architecture decisions.
Hint: If you document your decisions, your future self will thank you!
How to make quality decisions quickly - Work Life by Atlassian
stop deciding by committee and make the call

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

CTO Agenda
Many tech leaders tell me they feel adrift. Instead of deciding where they’d like to go today, they are shoved here and there based on whatever issues the day brings. In what feels like a nod to Do…
Goal Crafting
Goal crafting is one of the most essential leadership activities. Organizational performance and team growth depend on well-crafted goals. Without a good goal-crafting exercise, your teams may focus on what is in front of their noses, solving what seems quickly solvable. Good goal crafting forces you not to ignore or postpone problems that require new ways of thinking, collaboration, or hardships. Without a good goal-crafting exercise, you can get stuck in the status quo or focus on what matters to you or your opinions, not what your stakeholders might need.
Rumors of the Death of Software are Greatly Exaggerated
One of the topics we talked about at our LP day in Paris a couple of weeks ago was: Is SaaS dying? This was before this post about “The End…
TBM 296: Trust Lets You Observe Reality
Somewhere in your organization, you have a completely well-meaning, qualified, empathetic executive—maybe the CEO, perhaps the CFO, someone—screaming (quietly) to themselves, “What the hell is going on?” It’s obvious something is wrong—to everyone—but no one can seem to give them a straight answer on what it is (though everyone has a multitude of theories). And when that executive asks for someone, anyone, to take some sort of accountability for the state of things, they get bombarded with self-serving theories and hand-waving.

Culture, People & Teams

Deltas to the Global Maxima: Better Career Conversations - The Engineering Manager
Focussing on the next promotion can be myopic. How do we coach our reports to the global maxima of their careers?
Are 1:1s Worth The Time?
An exploration of the pros and cons of 1:1 meetings
Peter Principle Explained | Management 3.0
The Peter Principle: Promoting individuals until incompetence. Learn its dangers and how to avoid it with Management 3.0 tools and practices.
Jade Rubick - Macho leadership and bro culture
We explore macho leadership and bro culture, how to identify and respond to them, the risks they pose, and techniques for navigating these environments.

Technology, Operations & Delivery

Sprint Planning: Stop Wasting Time on Spreadsheet Capacity Micromanagement
Your Beautiful and Elaborate Sprint Planning Capacity Excel Spreadsheet IS the Problem
Introduction to Database Sharding
Use database sharding to improve the performance of your system
Planning fallacy - The Decision Lab
Planning Fallacy is the tendency to be too optimistic about one’s estimates. As a result, the time needed to get something done is underestimated.
RDEL #48: What are the top technical debt strategies, processes, factors, and impact metrics?
This week, we dive into a review of dozens of papers to establish the most well-known strategies, processes, factors, and metrics used for technical debt management.

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

Six Ways Leaders Can Develop Grit
What does a leader with grit look like? Here are six strategies to become a grittier leader with purpose, clarity and skill. Increase your leadership strength with learning ways to add grit to your toolbox. Angela Duckworth gives us insights into grit.
10 Ways You Can Spot Insecurity In Any Leader – Scott Cochrane
The real job security these days is knowing you can get another job
Have you ever felt the ground of job security shift beneath your feet? You’re not alone! Here’s how to build your own safety net in tech.
We Can’t Solve Burnout Until We Agree That Work Isn’t Working
Burnout is now at the highest rate its ever been, with 82% of the global workforce feeling at risk of burnout.

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