Tech Manager Weekly by CTO Craft - Issue #134
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Curated by Andy Skipper, founder of CTO Craft and mentor and coach to CTOs, VPs of Engineering and other technology leaders around world
Reads of the Week
The Remote Work Report
Remote work isn’t just here to stay, it’s becoming the new norm. A way of working that people love and strive for. Not just the people who work 100% remotely today either. We’re all exposed to remote work on a weekly - if not daily - basis.
Culture & People
Hitting the right balance of employee happiness and employee engagement
Ultimately, companies look to be productive and successful, and engaged employees are a means to that end — but happiness can't be ignored, either.
What I learned from Coursera’s “Learning How to Learn”
I’ve been a Software Developer for more than 4 years now and if there’s one thing that never changes about this job it’s that it is always changing. There are always new things to learn. I love that part of it. Learning is the destination.
Bethanye Blount on Helping People be the Most Badass Versions of Themselves
This is one of a series of blog posts where we share some of the key takeaways from our interviews with engineering leaders for our upcoming book, The Engineering Leader Within. Get notified as we release more interviews.
Leadership & Self-management
How to Balance Accountability vs. Responsibility as a Leader
When something goes wrong, where do you look? If you’re a good manager, you start by looking in the mirror. You ask yourself how you contributed to the problem, no matter what.
Good Leader vs. Bad Leader: 5 Situations You Face Every Day
What’s the difference between a good leader vs. bad leader? What do the good leaders do differently? It’s an essential question every leader must ask themselves.
Making work visible at Farfetch
Practice was formed about 8 months ago within Consumer Product Design, acting as a horizontal function across the consumer product design org. Practice team purpose is to identify and amplify better ways of working and shares world class practice.
30 Traits of a Good Technical Manager
Jun WuJul 29 · 13 min read
How Product Managers Lose Trust?
How do product managers lose the trust of their team? How they communicate with their teammates plays a big role.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Testing as communication
Software engineering is a team activity. Nearly all projects are maintained by multiple people, and projects increasingly depend on numerous other libraries and pieces of code, be they third-party libraries or a module maintained by a separate team or set of individuals within the project.
Agility: Build the right thing
Where the antipattern is local optimisation, the pattern is to focus on end to end flow, looking at the whole system of work. First, identify long lived value streams.
Product vs. Feature Teams
This article is certain to upset many people. I’m sorry for that, but the degree of ongoing noise and confusion surrounding the role of product at tech companies is only getting worse.
At Pivotal, many of our customers come to us saying that they have teams that look like the first curve on the left. They went really fast at first — but it didn’t last. Their speed dropped precipitously, until reaching a depressing asymptote. That asymptote kills teams.
What broke the bank
In 2018, British bank TSB was stuck in the aftermath of an ugly divorce.
Leadership Animal #7: The Gorilla
Certain behaviour patterns involve certain body postures and often require another animal to do something. Postures signalling mood or intention to the partner are sometimes even used for communication over greater distances; this is particularly true for display behaviour. — berggorilla
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