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Platform Eng KPIs, Oncall Compensation, Unhappy Developers, Friction, Containers, Reference Architectures: TMW #279 by CTO Craft

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Reads of the Week

Platform Engineering KPIs

Platform Engineering KPIs

Platform as a product is becoming an increasingly popular approach to building internal platforms in engineering organisations.

Oncall Compensation for Software Engineers

Oncall Compensation for Software Engineers

This issue is the second part and final article in a series about oncall. Part 1 published last week covers healthy oncall practices. In this issue, we dive into: In this issue, well go through more than 80 data points on how much different companies pay for oncall.

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Culture & People

What to focus on when managing a growing team

What to focus on when managing a growing team

Focus means not just saying yes, but saying no too. Say yes to these 3 things and no to these 3 things when managing a growing team. Coupling the words managing a growing team and focus may seem oxymoronic to you.

Why Nows the Perfect Time to Retool Your Hiring Process and Get Creative

Why Nows the Perfect Time to Retool Your Hiring Process and Get Creative

Whether hiring is slowing down or keeping pace, now's the time to revamp your process, from job description to offer. Peoplism's founders share unexpected tips, from swapping resumes for a screener survey, to sharing interview questions in advance.

What Makes Developers Unhappy?

What Makes Developers Unhappy?

This week I read the paper On the Unhappiness of Software Developers by Daniel Graziotin, Fabian Fagerholm, Xiaofeng Wang, and Pekka Abrahamsson. This was a large-scale survey study with over 2,000 developers that looked to understand happiness among developers and what the top causes of unhappiness are.

The Cognitive Load Theory in Software Development

The Cognitive Load Theory in Software Development

Our codebase is easy to understand. You wont need more than a couple of hours. Youll be productive right away! Guaranteed! Its Dave, your colleague developer, explaining to a new employee how one of the codebase of your company shines like a diamond.

Resolving Conflicts Between Designers And Engineers

Resolving Conflicts Between Designers And Engineers

In this article, Scott Himmer will go over some areas where you might find the design and engineering conflicts manifesting, what some of the contributing factors are, and strategies to work through the challenges.

Leadership & Self-management

Want to Communicate Effectively at Work? Eliminate These 5 Cognitive Distortions

Want to Communicate Effectively at Work? Eliminate These 5 Cognitive Distortions

In this article, I will cover five cognitive distortions that impact communication:

  1. Heavens reward fallacy
  2. Curse of knowledge
  3. Fundamental attribution error
  4. Fallacy of change
  5. Bikeshedding
Where Have All The Leaders Gone Redux: The Red Rise

Where Have All The Leaders Gone Redux: The Red Rise

One of my favourite social engineering experiments is a computer simulation showing how ghettos form. A simple model of housing markets in which digital sellers are programmed to have a preference for certain types of buyer.

Being an Under-represented Voice in the CTO Chair

Being an Under-represented Voice in the CTO Chair

Tramale Turner is the CTO of TaxBit. We met at the LeadDev LeadingEng conference in London. When I met him I thought I bet he has some great leadership stories for us. I invited him on the spot and am grateful he said yes.

Reduce Friction

The topic of reducing friction exhausts me: Do people still need to be persuaded to help their developers go faster? Really? In this, the year 2022? But yes, in this, the year 2022, many teams require persuasion on this topic.

Evaluating Information: Find the Signal in the Noise

Evaluating Information: Find the Signal in the Noise

We are drowning in information. Most of that information is irrelevant. If only we could sort what matters from what doesnt. The good news is that you can train your brain to evaluate the quality of information.

Agile, Engineering & Product

Why we have containers

Why we have containers

One day a shiny new app was completed. All the code was just right, and it was ready to go out in the world and be useful! The app looked bashful. Um, um, on a computer! I need a computer to run on!

One Quick Way to Start to Manage Your Project Portfolio

One Quick Way to Start to Manage Your Project Portfolio

The question: How can this portfolio team start to manage the project portfolio when the organization has 600 projects? Right now, the portfolio team is supposed to read the status decks for each of those 600, to understand each project's status. How to start?

Embedding Security into SDLC using Reference Architectures for developers

Embedding Security into SDLC using Reference Architectures for developers

So you want your developers to build secure applications during SDLC and not as an afterthought after being dinged by Security reviewers. You got this idea of highlighting security controls via reference architectures that can be easily consumed by developers early on in the SDLC life cycle.

Talking About Sizing and Forecasting in Scrum

Talking About Sizing and Forecasting in Scrum

The Scrum world has changed a lot in the last few years. Nowhere is that more true than estimating; Scrum folks have struggled with the practice since the framework's origin. Other folks also struggle with it, but this article focuses on Scrum. Many don't see the value in estimating.

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