🍊 Loneliness at the Top, Leading Through Change, Credential Inflation, FB Outage, Accessibility, Org Design, Motivation: TMW #237 by CTO Craft
What an amazing response it's been to the announcement of CTO Craft Con Winter '21 last week - we've added some amazing new speakers and talks all of which you'll hear about over the course of the week. We'll also be featuring regular spotlight interviews with the keynote speakers - keep your eyes peeled
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This week's Bytes session will feature David and Oscar Mathew from Teams and Leadership, who'll be in conversation with Emma Hopkinson-Spark about navigating change, communicating and supporting individuals and teams.
Until next time!
Andy @ CTO Craft
Winter is Coming: Announcing CTO Craft Con 3 - Nov 2021
CTO Craft Con returns this winter with an even bigger and better agenda of speakers, panel talks and networking opportunities. Don't miss out
How to sell your workplace culture remotely and create an inclusive hiring process
Druthers Search discuss navigating remote workplace culture post-pandemic and how to ensure your new hires feel welcomed, included and supported
What we know about loneliness at the top and its hidden costs
CTO Craft does a deep-dive into loneliness in leadership and shares the results of it's latest survey showing the damaging impact it can have
CTO Craft Bytes
Leading and communicating successfully through change - Fri Oct 15th 12.30 UK time
Starting with the interplay between change project management, we’ll look at the individual journeys team members might go through during a period of change. We'll look at when people support it and when they don't, the importance of trust and transparency, and how to build an open, constructive team culture even if things look challenging.
From our Partners
BreakfastOps: Remote/Hybrid work after COVID - from The Scale Factory
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Culture & People
The Skill of Org Design
I built my first organisation when I was in high school. It was a debate club, and it died the instant I graduated and left for university. I remember looking back on the experience and thinking to myself: “Hmm, this is interesting. How do you build an org that outlasts you?”
Motivating employees to go above and beyond
Here are 7 practices focused on creating the right environment for motivating employees to go above and beyond. Imagine the best team you’ve ever been a part of: One where a leader is motivating employees to go above and beyond to achieve a shared purpose.
How to Create a More Equitable Experience for Remote, Hybrid, and On-Site Employees
With so many companies struggling to attract and retain talent in the middle of the Great Resignation, leaders are increasingly more open to providing remote and hybrid options.
Talent Shortages & Credential Inflation
One of the reasons for the talent shortage is the set of beliefs around what makes an exceptional employee or a so-called “A” player. For years high tech firms have only sought graduates of elite schools with high GPAs.
Leadership & Self-management
Working on the most important things as a technical leadership team
Two years ago, I wrote about how as a technical leadership team we can figure out what to work on. We made some changes to the way we worked and found them really beneficial.
How to Lead by Example: A Practical Guide
Our whole life is full of moments that have impacted us, and some of them serve as inspiration for the actions we take day after day in our daily lives and also at work.
How New Managers Fail Individual Contributors
Most companies have carefully created separate senior career tracks that provide details of the differences between being a manager and being an individual contributor (IC).
How To Avoid The Problem-Solving Trap
How, exactly, can you avoid the problem of squishing new ideas — either your own or other people’s? Utley offers some great advice about how to stay cognitively open so that you don’t kill new ideas too early. Remaining cognitively open is crucial to innovation — and also to being open to feedback.
The Flow System: Leadership for Solving Complex Problems
Most of the complex problems that leaders and teams deal with in organizations are human derived. Complex problems require different techniques than those used for simple and complicated problems.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Understanding How Facebook Disappeared from the Internet
“Facebook can't be down, can it?”, we thought, for a second.
Today at 15:51 UTC, we opened an internal incident entitled "Facebook DNS lookup returning SERVFAIL" because we were worried that something was wrong with our DNS resolver 184.108.40.206. But as we were about to post on our public status page we realized something else more serious was going on.
2021 Accelerate State of DevOps report addresses burnout, team performance
Over the past seven years, more than 32,000 professionals worldwide have taken part in the Accelerate State of DevOps reports, making it the largest and longest-running research of its kind.
Scrum: The Obsession with Commitment Matching Velocity
The atmosphere was becoming thicker by the minute. The management was displeased with the progress of the project and was looking for answers, starring at a bunch of Jira charts, I prepared earlier.
What is accessibility testing in modern software development? Overview of the new WCAG 3 best practices
In theory, anybody with an internet connection can browse the web. In practice, for a massive part of the world’s population, it’s next to impossible.
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