🥐 Technical Assessment, Replatforming, Builder's High, Managing Change, Tough Leaders: TMW #234 by CTO Craft
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Technical Assessment - Fri 24 Sep 2021 at 12:30pm UK time
Building your team involves a constant race against your competition - top developers are scarce and often ‘hidden’’ amongst a bunch of CVs. Too many hoops can scare your best candidates away; too few and you’ll hire someone who will negatively impact your team's productivity.
Reads of the Week
“Get Off the Floor” and Other Career Advice from Microsoft, Looker, Reddit & Twitter
Nick Caldwell's resume includes an enviable list of companies — Microsoft, Reddit, Looker and Twitter. He shares his biggest lessons from each for a crash course in finding success across different company cultures, scales & functions.
The Builder’s High
When I am in a foul mood, I have a surefire way to improve my outlook – I build something. A foul mood is a stubborn beast and it does not give ground easily. It is an effort to simply get past the foulness in order to start building, but once the building has begun, the foul beast loses ground.
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Culture & People
Useful knowledge and improvisation
Eric Dobbs recently retold a story on twitter (a copy is on his wiki) about one of his former New Relic colleagues, Nicholas Valler. At the time, Nicholas was new to the company.
Top Five Ways to Create Psychological Safety
Everyone’s talking about the importance of psychological safety.
What I've Learned from the 16 Engineers who Turned Down Job Offers at Our Startup
I'm the cofounder and CEO of Kapwing, a 30-person company based in San Francisco. In our three years of trying to recruit top engineering talent, we've made 36 job offers to engineering candidates, and 16 of them turned us down.
What needs to change? That’s easy. How and when is the hard part.
Timing is everything. Most of us realize that whether it’s meeting that special someone, buying or selling an investment, or just picking the right job opportunity, timing matters. A lot.
Give your support team more input with this decision-making framework
Is your support team craving more involvement in decision making? There are lots of good reasons why you should try to involve your employees in decision making when possible.
Leadership & Self-management
The relationship between OKRs and strategy
A client I worked with earlier this year asked me to come in and help them establish objectives and key results (OKRs) for the entire product development organization — nearly 1500 people. I was thrilled. This was an organization anchored for decades in output-focused management techniques.
4 Ways You Can Immediately Become A Tough Leader Without Being a Jerk
You can be a tough leader without being a jerk. In fact, to be authentic, it’s a must. All too often, being a tough leader is confused with simply being a jerk.
Process Eats Culture for Breakfast
You can’t change organizations by implementing new processes alone, so the thinking goes, you have to foster a new culture in order to drive real change.
5 Reasons Your Employees Don’t Understand Your Company’s Vision
Leadership teams often spend hours wordsmithing their business’ vision, mission, and strategy, only to hear employees complain, “We don’t have a north star.
Agile, Engineering & Product
The Risks of Replatforming
IMHO the #1 source of failure is setting entirely wrong expectations. I typically hear this: “We’ll shift a majority of development effort onto our NextGen system, build a 100% plug-compatible replacement for LegacyTech by February 15th, and immediately migrate all customers to NextGen. That lets us minimize work on LegacyTech for the next few quarters and deploy all of Engineering onto NextGen right after launch.”
Magical thinking in almost every word.
What Engineers Really Think About Technical Debt - DZone Agile
We have surveyed 200+ Engineers to find out what they think about technical debt and its impact on businesses.
Automating Data Protection at Scale
Part one of a series on how we provide powerful, automated, and scalable data privacy and security engineering capabilities at Airbnb. Our community of hosts and guests trust that we will keep their data safe and honor their privacy rights.
Microservices security patterns – tutorial with examples
Microservices provide benefits for scalability & performance, but there are security issues. Here are microservices security patterns to follow.
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