🐫 London Event, Surviving the C-Suite, Toxic Work Cultures, CTO vs VPE, Engineering Roadmaps: TMW #303 by CTO Craft
Howdy! Welcome to the week
Just a short intro this week, and a reminder to check out our next Bytes London event, happening on the evening of November 10th on Charing Cross Road. We'll be hosting a panel chatting about the benefits of building a professional network as a CTO, and ways to go about it. Grab your free spot below.
Don't forget - prices for CTO Craft Con Winter 2022 will be going up on November 6th, so do jump in if you're planning to come along. You can see everything we have lined up here: https://conference.ctocraft.com. It's going to be a blast!
See you next week
Andy @ CTO Craft
Bytes London - Networks for Tech Leaders: Creating, Using and Nurturing Tickets, Thu 10 Nov 2022 at 18:00
In celebration of CTO Craft Con Winter 2022, happening 14th - 16th November, we’re hosting an in-person Bytes on 10th November at ARBORETUM, London. Join us for an informative evening with experts and networking.
Whether you’re part of the C-suite or you deal with C-suite members, building your network inside and outside of your own business is a fundamental part of your role as a senior technology leader.
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Elephant Carpaccio - Measuring Team Productivity, Thu 3 Nov 2022 at 16:00 GMT
In this conversation, the software executive and author Alberto Silveira, HoE at Lawnstarter, expands on an innovative concept that he calls Elephant Carpaccio, an efficient way of slicing the work into valuable delightful pieces, where all the great work teams produce can be measured and not just code deployed.
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Culture & People
Toxic work cultures truly rot from the head
I got the chart above from this Stowe Boyd newsletter, which is in turn from here via MIT. It’s funny because MIT has apparently developed a little chubby for discussing toxic workplaces; I wrote about another study they did re: “The Great Resignation."
The Big Tech Hiring Slowdown Is Here and it will Hurt
I collated the total number of reported layoffs across tech companies through 2022 to date, using the layoffs tracker site, Layoffs.fyi. In total, 92,558 layoffs have been reported in this database for this year, at the time when this article published.
Add skills not people to your cross-functional teams
Balancing roles vs. skills in your cross-functional teams. Communication overhead increases as the number of people increases. Due to combinatorial explosion, the number of different communication channels increases rapidly with the number of people.
This simple team activity builds psychological safety.
Your team is highly unlikely to access high performance when psychological safety is low. When it comes to high performance, that sense of safety is simply table-stakes; an enabler. Most people think psychological safety is about creating happy teams.
Leadership & Self-management
The VPE & CTO roles
The VP of Engineering (VPE) and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) titles are ones which, I have found, oftentimes to be used interchangeably. The reality, again based on my own experience, is that they are different roles. While they do overlap, they each have distinct responsibilities.
Virtual Leadership: Empower Distributed Augmented Teams
Nowadays, it’s not just the data that’s distributed! The appeal, and necessity, for businesses to build and work with distributed teams is on the rise, and all indications are that this remote working trend will continue to grow.
The Engineering Manager’s Tools
I’ve been writing about how to use systems thinking in software engineering management. I want to continue addressing a practical point: how to make change happen as an Engineering Manager (EM). One of the realities of being an EM is that you constantly work on improving your team’s situation.
Bucketing your time
This article is part of a series on managing managers. Life as an IC, or as a manager of ICs, usually follows a predictable cadence. Perhaps you plan your time and your activities around fixed periods such as sprints.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Engineering Team Roadmaps
Most roadmaps for engineering teams commit the sin of only including new features and functionality. This does a major disservice to the engineering team. I had a colleague that used to repeat a phrase about 90% of the cost of software was the operating and maintenance rather than the building.
My take on why goal cascades are harmful and what to do instead
As long as it’s more than one person AND it’s important that we achieve some collective goal THEN we need some way of facilitating coherent action across an organisation. Without coherence, you’ll see a lot of duplicate, competing, or missing efforts.
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