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Reads of the Week
Vlad Galu, an experienced, product-focused deep tech CTO based in London, shares his personal playbook for building successful technology products
CTO and Tech Lead mentor Pat Kua tells CTO Craft about his experiences as a new technology leader, the skills he had to develop, what works for him now and where he's headed over the next five years
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Culture & People
For many readers it might seem surprising to you to see me publish on working from home when I’m such a vocal fan of the magic of co-located teams.
Even though I’ve been a CEO of a remote company for more than five years, I’d never explicitly thought about the difference between what a remote leader re-quires vs. what a co-located leader requires. But when posed the question, I realized there are certain things I deliberately focus on as a remote leader. And, I’ve noticed other leaders of remote teams focusing on similar things, too.
Remote work is a prominent topic lately, as people around the world are doing their best to live their lives and keep themselves and their families safe and prepared during the COVID-19 outbreak. The impact of this outbreak is felt across societies and cultures as well as in the workplace.
There have been many posts about the positives of remote working, but not too many about the negatives. Cronofy has been distributed from the beginning and I’ve gone through various levels of working remotely as part of that, and seen others do the same.
Engineering culture is tricky to build up the right way. It’s intangible, so you can’t just go through a checklist. It’s also a lot of work to build or change, so you can’t have it down by next week from zero. But engineering culture is extremely valuable.
Leadership & Self-management
When polarizing topics are discussed in meetings, passions can run high and cloud our judgment. Learn how mental models can help you see clearly from this real-life scenario. Mental models can sometimes come off as an abstract concept.
Sound like something you’d say? Many of the senior leaders I’ve spoken to find that they face a whole new set of challenges when they become a manager of managers.
No one had ever asked me this question before — let alone on my own podcast show — until recently. Who asked me this? None other than Jason Fried, CEO, and co-founder of Basecamp. I’d invited Jason back on The Heartbeat, our podcast on leadership, for our 50th episode.
Engineering results are sometimes hard to quantify. A roadmap changes everything. Software engineering is hard and complicated. It’s even harder to convey the value to your company leaders.
Whether this is a conversation you have in your head, or one that’s happened to you in talking to your boss, you know the hard truth: as your team grows, it becomes geometrically more complex to manage your team.
Agile, Engineering & Product
I read an article on the death of Agile. It’s not the first article I’ve seen claiming that Agile is dead, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.
After covering the Scrum Master and the Product Owner, this article addresses Development Team anti-patterns, covering all Scrum Events as well as the Product Backlog artifact. Learn more about what to look out for if you want to support your fellow teammates.
“Five years ago I joined a company that was having problems,” said Patrick Debois, kicking off his talk at QConLondon earlier this month. Debois is now director of DevOps relations for security vendor Snyk.
Odhrán McConnell, CTO at 101 Ways, explains some of the misconceptions about cloud migration - and why they should be discounted. 101 Ways is speaking and exhibiting at the upcoming Digital City Expo next week. Find out more about the Expo and Digital City Festival week here.
The meeting is only 8 minutes in and no one has uttered those words outright…. but they don’t need to. Each of your team members’ faces is blank. Mouths are moving, shaping the words, “what I worked on” and “what my blockers are,” but no one is truly listening.
In slide #9 of this deck about using cycle time analytics in forecasting, Troy Magennis shows that when four people plan to meet for dinner, there is only one chance in 16 that all four will arrive on time.
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