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Reads of the Week
Discover how to identify, nurture and delegate to natural leaders within your team in three stages - a must-have CTO's guide.
As an engineering team lead at a software company it’s my responsibility to fence distractions and make sure my developers are focused on the goals of the sprint. Too much noise from the business or tools can cause interruptions in our workflows and defocus the team from our priorities.
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Culture & People
If you were making an emergency/last-minute hire and had to drop one step from your hiring process, which step would you remove? Why? How much damage would it do to your business – and what could you do to offset that cost? Most people cannot answer these questions, revealing that their hiring pro
Virtual team coaching can help turn around dysfunctional teams. Effective organisations rely on teamwork, not least because it facilitates problem solving. Many leaders, however, are ambivalent about teams.
There’s a big difference between a team and a working group. Unfortunately, creating a team isn’t quite as easy as gathering a group of people and making sure they all have well-defined specific tasks.
The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the distributed model to the forefront, with remote work becoming the norm, even for teams that are usually co-located.
One of Etsy’s core engineering philosophies has been to push decisions to the edges wherever possible. Rather than making dictatorial style decisions we enable people to make their own choices given the feedback of a group.
Leadership & Self-management
Managing the high pressure environment of a startup is challenging at the best of times, let alone over the past 3 months. When navigating through these grossly unpredictable times, you run the risk of overcorrecting. Working longer, expecting more, pushing harder.
Many organizations struggle to reconcile with the fact that ‘going agile’ involves a radical re-thinking of leadership styles. Interestingly, the Agile Manifesto’s fifth principle says, ‘Build projects around motivated individuals.
Late last year, Tyler Hogge fired off a series of tweets that caught our eye. In his thread, Hogge outlined how he’s “doing things a little differently” as VP of Product and Strategy at Divvy. The bedrock of his philosophy is that PMs are the GMs of their product.
Good tech leads act as a member of the team, and consider themselves successful when the team is successful. They take their share of unsexy grungy work and clear roadblocks so their team can operate at 100%.
Agile, Engineering & Product
Suitable agile metrics reflect either a team’s progress in becoming agile or your organization’s progress in becoming a learning organization. At the team level, qualitative agile metrics typically work better than quantitative metrics.
Now more than ever, we need clear thinking about what measurements we should use to understand our world, our products, and ourselves. A metric is simultaneously 1) a designed artifact, 2) a lens through which we observe phenomena, and 3) way we set and monitor goals.
For its advocates, trunk-based development (TBD) is seen as preferable to feature branches because it makes Continuous Integration easier and reduces the chance of painful merge conflicts. Despite its advantages, TBD introduces its own challenges.
Thirty years ago, the number of software companies in the world was small—think Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle—and they wrote every piece of software that comprised their products. There was no supply chain for building software.
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