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🍭 One Day Left! Uncertain Teams, Remote Compensation, Mental Models, Off-boarding, Async Comms: TMW #268 by CTO Craft

Well, well, well - here we are!

Yep, there are only 24-ish hours left until we open the curtains on the CTO Craft MiniCon on the Hiring Arc...

There are now over 900 people registered to attend, with participants from hundreds of amazing companies like Hubspot, Amazon, Oracle, Upstack, Just Eat, Hopin, Tessian, Microsoft, Salesforce, Cazoo, Zoopla and many more. The speakers are all primed and ready to go, taking you through every step of the hiring process for engineers, from creating a pipeline to making an offer that works.

If you'd like a sneaky look at the agenda, have a look here: https://conference.ctocraft.com/schedule/

Remember, tickets are 100% free and your data is completely secure. We'd love to see you and anyone else in your team, and recordings will be available to ticket holders immediately after the event, so do register and you can watch live or on your own time.

See you there! 😁

Andy @ CTO Craft

CTO Craft MiniCon - The Complete Engineer Hiring Arc in 3 Hours

CTO Craft MiniCon - The Complete Engineer Hiring Arc in 3 Hours

Demand from start-ups through to corporates is outstripping supply and pushing wage inflation and candidate rejections. Join us on May 31st for 3 hours of in-depth insights from some of the world’s leading experts in Hiring Engineers, and learn how they’ve sustained successful team growth through COVID and the Great Rethink.

Reads of the Week

A Manager’s Guide to Helping Teams Face Down Uncertainty, Burnout and Perfectionism

A Manager’s Guide to Helping Teams Face Down Uncertainty, Burnout and Perfectionism

Uncertainty, burnout and perfectionism are holding teams back — Liz Fosslien is here to share tactical advice (and her signature witty illustrations) on how managers can help.

System Design And Recommendation Algorithms Of YouTube, Spotify, Airbnb, Netflix And Uber

System Design And Recommendation Algorithms Of YouTube, Spotify, Airbnb, Netflix And Uber

In this article, we’ll cover system design and recommendation algorithm of YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, Uber, TikTok, Airbnb, Amazon, Dropbox, Signal Messenger, Google Maps, Zoom, Yelp and more.

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Culture & People

Challenge the Process: How to Cut the Red Tape and Streamline Operations

Challenge the Process: How to Cut the Red Tape and Streamline Operations

Most organizations are trapped in a structure of business-as-usual functioning. In this environment, many processes do not fully serve the employees, customers, or shareholders. Instead, they are based on historical ways of functioning that no longer reflect the needs of the organizational system.

Remote Work: Ways to Think About “Fair” Compensation and Benefits

Remote Work: Ways to Think About “Fair” Compensation and Benefits

Before the pandemic, Jenny, the VP of Engineering, insisted that the engineering staff needed to work in the Boston area. She expected that people would mostly work in the office, and they did. However, during the pandemic, Jenny changed her mind.

The Evolution of Developer Salaries: Looking Back 20 Years

The Evolution of Developer Salaries: Looking Back 20 Years

Much has been covered about developer salaries based on coding language, location, job title, and so on. However, little has been done to chart the rise and fall of developer salaries over the years. Tracing developer salaries over the last 20 years was an interesting endeavor.

Dealing With Misalignment While Hiring

Dealing With Misalignment While Hiring

I’m wondering if you’ve seen the problem that is plaguing the recruiting I’m involved in: We decide to hire for some position, put the job ad online, start getting applications - and then start arguing about who we really want for that position.

Introducing PinFlex: Pinterest’s model for the Future of Work

Introducing PinFlex: Pinterest’s model for the Future of Work

Two years ago, as I was closing in on my first annual “Pinniversary” as the Chief of Engineering at Pinterest, our offices closed, and work (read: life) as we knew it changed abruptly.

Leadership & Self-management

5 Managing Up Hot Takes From Top Tech Leaders

5 Managing Up Hot Takes From Top Tech Leaders

We asked a few top tech leaders for their hottest takes on how to become a better manager, lead a team effectively & manage up. Check out what they had to say!

Mix and match mental models.

Mix and match mental models.

A few days ago, I got to have a delightful chat with Katie Wilde, digging into a question that we’ve both found difficult to answer: what distinguishes managers perceived to have good judgment from those perceived to have bad judgment? In exploring that question, the topic of mental models came up

How to off-board before you start your new job

How to off-board before you start your new job

Most companies you join will now focus on-boarding you as a new starter, whilst little exists on how to off-board (leave) from your current employer before you begin your new job.

Why leadership is 5 times harder than you think

Why leadership is 5 times harder than you think

As a leader, you should appreciate that the differentiating factor for creating and sustaining high performance in your workforce is ... you.

Leadership anxiety: How to lead when you experience it

Leadership anxiety: How to lead when you experience it

You’re not alone in feeling leadership anxiety. Here’s what to keep in mind when you feel it, and how to move forward. A wave of leadership anxiety hit me last week.

Agile, Engineering & Product

Asynchronous Communication is the Great Leveler in Engineering

Asynchronous Communication is the Great Leveler in Engineering

In March 2020—the early days of the pandemic—Shopify transitioned to become a remote first- company. We call it being Digital by Design. We are now proud to employ Shopifolk around the world.

A dev's thoughts on developer productivity

A dev's thoughts on developer productivity

Why don't we hear more developer voices in the conversation about "developer productivity"? Most self-styled experts on developer productivity seem more interested in selling something rather than painting an accurate picture of how devs really work.

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Have an amazing week!

Andy