🦩 Stable vs Fluid Teams, Developer Happiness, Reorgs, Delighting Candidates, Consent vs Consensus: TMW #259 by CTO Craft
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Growing a Culture of Empowerment Through Ownership, Fri 1 Apr 2022 at 12:30pm GMT
The technology industry is known for developing legendary project management methodologies - but project ownership has long been an elusive animal. Lack of ownership can cause a toxic “It’s their fault” environment, and distributed ownership may ease the burden of responsibility, but is it effective?
Reads of the Week
In-Depth: Stable Or Fluid Teams? What Does The Science Say?
Recently, the concept of “fluid teams”, “dynamic reteaming” or “ad-hoc teaming” has gained traction in the Agile community. Although the concept has many different definitions, a characteristic they share is that members move in and out of a team during its lifetime.
New data: What makes developers happy at work
One of the most striking impacts of the pandemic has been a massive reshuffling of the workforce known as the Great Resignation. Tech, in particular, has among the highest resignation rates in any industry, with a 4.5% increase in departures in 2021 compared to 2020.
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Culture & People
The dreaded reorg
This post originally appeared in my newsletter. Subscribe to receive it! Back in 2017, I wrote an article about desk moves, and the surprising emotions we might see from our coworkers when a desk move is announced.
Encouraging meeting participation with a check-in
If you want participation in a meeting with people who don’t spend a lot of time together, one thing that can help is getting everyone to say something at the start; here is a low-pressure way to do that. It can be hard to speak up in meetings.
How To Eliminate Organizational Debt
Debt has been around for thousands of years. You borrow money. The lender charges interest until you pay the money back. It’s simple. More recently, the software development community coined a term for another kind of debt: technical debt.
Rethink your hiring strategy to stand out and delight the best candidates
In this hiring climate, you need to *differentiate* to attract candidates. Why should someone work at your company? Every company answers this question differently. Here are some valid strategies for hiring:
3 Sure Signs You Will Soon Have A Mis-Performance Meltdown On Your Hands
Leaders spend a great deal of time and effort addressing issues of under-performance on their team. But in most cases, the issue that should really be dealt with is that of Mis-Performance, not under-performance.
Leadership & Self-management
Twin Anxieties of the Engineer/Manager Pendulum
I have written a lot about the pendulum swing between engineering and management, so I often hear from people who are angsting about the transition. A quick recap of the relevant posts: There are two anxieties I hear people express above all the rest.
3 actions leaders can take to ensure they’re not spreading negative energy
Author Jackie Insinger maintains that connection is one of the most powerful leadership tools. Used in the wrong way, though, it only serves to reinforce the walls people build around themselves. When I think about emotional contagion, I think about yawning.
Guiding principle: consent over consensus
When decisions are made unilaterally, it tends to lead to false progress. You’re unlikely to have buy-in and you miss out on any perspective that the broader group might have had. When decisions are made by consensus, decisions can take a long time, and may never resolve.
Ten Lessons from Experienced Managers Hungry to Learn and Grow
Last week I wrapped up two different cohorts of my Experienced Manager Program. In twelve hours of program time spread over multiple sessions, the ideas and insights flowed, and I left impressed with the passion so many have for their work leading and managing. Here are some of my favourite insights from the program
Agile, Engineering & Product
Freestyle Visual Collaboration
In recent times there’s been a bit a lot of activity in the visual collaboration space. Lots of new tools, techniques, canvases, and remixes have appeared, gaining a lot of momentum from the pandemic-driven move to remote working and digital tools like Miro.
The three most common anti-patterns for managing projects
This is part one of a two-part blog post on how software teams can effectively organize their projects. One of the most common weaknesses I see in engineering organizations is how projects are managed. Poor project management leads to slow delivery, which can lead to the company failing.
ZEN and the art of Reliability
Zendesk handles approximately 250,000 requests per second at daily peak into our infrastructure, with over ½ of those requests needing to read or write to a database. At our core we’re a humble Ruby on Rails application that is partitioned and heavily sharded.
Refactor → Organisation
In earlier blog posts, we explored how we moved BBC online to the cloud. This was part of a wider initiative called WebCore, which used a range of serverless technologies to reimagine the BBC website.
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