There are only two weeks left until CTO Craft Con: The People One! Over 200 senior technology leaders have signed up so far from global corporations to start-ups including Uber, The Economist, Twitch, Just Eat, Cazoo, MyTutor, Sainsbury’s, Wealthsimple, VMware, StitchFix, GetYourGuide and many others. New speakers add to the line up this week include Anna Shipman of the Financial Times and Nadia Alramli of Hubspot - it's going to be amazing!
Next up in our Spotlight Q & A series is Softwire Director, Zoe Cunningham. A self described creative geek, she’s also an actor and an award-winning technology expert with 20 years in the industry. Get more insight into Zoe’s best advice for goal-setting on our blog and be sure to catch her at CTO Craft Con
Until next time!
Andy @ CTO Craft
Softwire's Director, Zoe Cunningham talks about the lessons learned in 2020, what's keeping her busy and all things remote for CTO Craft,
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Culture & People
We’ve almost arrived at the end of the year, which means you’re probably starting to prepare end of year performance reviews as you think about your business objectives for the year ahead.
Most modern product companies are trying to work with empowered interdisciplinary product teams. One of the prerequisites and most essential transformations to achieve this work model is to be outcome-based instead of output-based.
Back in the summer I shared some of the techniques I’d been using to reimagine my in-person architecture workshops as remote digital offerings with Miro. I’ve learned a few more tricks since then which I think are worth sharing.
In response to the coronavirus, LinkedIn acted quickly in adopting a virtual onboarding program in place of an in-person one. Here's how LinkedIn made this transition, plus steps to help your company create its own online onboarding process for new employees who are working remotely
Leadership & Self-management
As individuals, we’re continually evaluating options and taking decisions. As product managers, we have the additional responsibility to balance the often competing needs of users, the business and wider ethical considerations.
My dad grew up the son of an entrepreneur and mom grew up on a farm — hard work was just part of their lives. In his work life my dad was a design engineer for GM who built prototypes like some of the early electric cars.
Listen, there’s a sea of serious information available at your fingertips—advice that can make you better at your job, achieve your goals, and earn respect. The two of us are consistently buried in this type of information.
Consider all the leaders you have encountered in government, schools, jobs and organizations. How many of them have you thought of as excellent or even above average? Recently, I have been pondering why there are so few contemporary leaders I admire and perceive as great.
In my last post, I touched upon how leaders can build their influence by focusing on their being rather than chasing the goal of becoming influential. Real influence is a by-product of being, not just doing.
Agile, Engineering & Product
The book “How to avoid the build trap” by Melissa Perri is often mentioned in many product talks, podcasts and articles. I had to pick up the book and read it for myself to see what it was all about.
As I described in a recent post, when getting ready to publish The Software Architect Elevator, my editor and I entertained naming it The Architect’s Path. We decided to stick with the elevator metaphor because it really struck a chord with readers.
An agile contract model can help us to focus on the value delivered to the customer. It allows for rewarding teams and people, and can drive continuous improvement towards common goals. Andrea Zomer spoke about how Zupit applies an agile contract model at Agile Business Day 2020.
The ability to plan ahead is what sets humans apart from all other species. But it turns out we’re not all that good at it.
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