I recorded a podcast episode on Tackling Burnout as a CTO with Peter Bell at CTO Connection, which you can hear here - if you or someone on your team is struggling, especially during this incredibly difficult time, please do reach out. We can help.
We're planning a series of events focused on fintech - if you're interested in joining a panel, drop me a line, and keep an eye on the events page for details and dates!
There are still a couple of places in the next Mentoring Circle, starting w/c August 3rd - drop a reply to this if you'd like to chat about joining
Until next time!
Andy @ CTO Craft
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Watch of the Week
Andy says: "An amazing panel featuring Anna Shipman, Pat Kua, Omosola Odetunde and Piergiorgio Niero on the changing state of technology leadership - you don't want to miss this."
Culture & People
Two renowned scholars and two McKinsey experts illuminate the leadership imperatives of our time: bringing people together, energizing forward progress, and reimagining normalcy.
Whenever you require more than a single development team to progress your product, you have choice: You can organise the teams around features or components.
Since I first started writing about OKRs seven years ago, I have had a lot of companies reach out to me for advice. OKRs were originally envisioned to create focus on things that are important but not (yet) urgent. OKRs act as an accelerant on progress toward strategic efforts.
To build a great company you’ll need to hire great people — it’s one of the top three priorities of the CEO. Executives have outsized influence on your company, and there is a slightly different process to hire them versus most employees.
Better hiring leads to better work environments, less turnover, and more innovation and productivity. When you understand the limitations and pitfalls of the job interview, you improve your chances of hiring the best possible person for your needs.
Leadership & Self-management
Andy says: "Watch this brilliant Q&A with CTO in Residence at Impact X and friend of CTO Craft Ez Britton for insight on when and how to change direction."
We’re always so surprised when the expert manages to jump to the right config, flip a switch, and set the machine back in order. We assume it’s innate talent, some magic imbued that resides only within them and goes no further.
Some excerpts from Josh Waitzkin’s The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance. The best way to launch into the learning process is by breaking down what you are learning into its fundamental building blocks. Mastering these builds your foundation.
Constantly giving directions or trying to coerce people rarely brings out the best in them. The need to exercise compassionate leadership magnifies in uncertain times like these when people are anyway struggling to find a balance between work, related anxieties and impending uncertainties.
Ping! Something needs your attention. Is it an email? A tweet? A text? A reminder on your phone? A calendar invite? Ping! Another one. Ping! There’s that sound again. Or maybe it’s a visual cue, an ever-ascending ticker count on your app icons or inbox.
Agile, Engineering & Product
For software engineering in particular, I feel that metrics can be gamed, don’t tell the whole story, or in some cases, are completely arbitrary.
On many occasions in the recent past, working with distributed agile teams has amplified existing organizational, technical, and cultural challenges in many organizations.
"Which diagramming tool should we use?" is a question I'm asked frequently.
As a developer fresh out of school, the first two service level agreements (SLAs) that I was accountable for were on-time delivery (OTD) and first time right (FTR).
Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Google, Amazon. These top tech companies each receive over a quadrillion resumes per year (source needed). So it’s safe to say they have a good process for choosing the best job candidates. But what is it?
Andy says: "Pinch of salt at the ready, please..."
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