Hello there, welcome to the week!
A massive thank you to everyone who's reached out about the Lightning Talk slots at our Unconference on day 3 of CTO Craft Con in November - we're working through everything at the moment and will be in touch ASAP to lay out some plans. There are some amazing ideas there. If you have something you'd like to talk about at the Unconference, don't hesitate to drop us a line.
CTO Craft Con and the community at large are only possible with the help and support of our amazing sponsors and partners. We still have some sponsorship slots for the conference available, so if you or your company would like to get involved, and get your story in front of thousands of CTOs and budget holders, drop me a reply here 😊
On with the links! See you on Thursday
Andy @ CTO Craft
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CTO Craft Bytes
Hywel and Meri will be joining us to answer questions from the community, inviting them live on stage to discuss how they'd tackle your thorny issues.
If you attended the Hard vs Soft Skills chat with Hywel and Meri a couple of weeks ago and would like to pose them your challenges on screen, you won't want to miss this!
Reads of the Week
Hired's annual data report explores trends in salaries, locations, the impact of remote work, and jobseeker survey results.
From our Sponsors
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About our Sponsors
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Culture & People
I designed this survey using the SPACE framework as guidance, along with my experience working with over 100 leaders on team performance. Questions are grouped into categories that are relevant for most engineering teams.
Monica ViggarsA team that understands and agrees on what one another does is likely to be more high functioning than those who don’t.
I have been doing work recently to help contextualize the decision-making framework for scaling and de-scaling networks of teams. This reflects my current understanding and beliefs. Any constructive feedback to either validate or challenge my perspective would be very welcome.
"An unintended but unavoidable consequence of associating safety with things that go wrong is a creeping lack of attention to things that go right." - Erik Hollnagel, A Tale of Two Safeties.
Leadership & Self-management
When you’re leading change, it takes more than a strong plan, implemented well to succeed. It’s also vital to inspect that the actions and behaviors you THINK matter most are having the IMPACT you expect.
Don't fall into these common decision-making pitfalls! Making decisions can be a tricky business.
Microaggressions — those brief, commonplace behaviors or comments that often unintentionally exclude or demean the target — have become a frequently discussed topic in management scholarship and practice.
We all believe a great school report deserves a tenner, right? Well, I disagree. Here's why I believe that. And how that translates to separating salary from performance. Good performance brings its own rewards, and especially in the workplace.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Back in June, I presented the current state of Spotify’s open source activities to our developers as part of our internal Spotify Engineering Conference, aka SpEC.
This article explains the RASCI Chart practically. After reading it, you will understand the basics of this powerful project management tool. The RASCI Chart is a method used to describe the roles and responsibilities of individuals within a project or other line work.
Occasionally, my Twitter feed sends to me a writer arguing via queueing theory, stock and flow diagrams, equations, or even simulations to advance their ideas of how software teams should operate. These are the tools of system dynamics. I understand the appeal. We’re engineers.
Team retrospective doesn't need fancy formats or activities. It needs to help the team improve. Here's how I run it as an engineering manager Team retrospective is one of the best tools in my toolkit as a manager, but it's often misused.
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