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🤿 Performance Reviews, Executive Presence, Dysfunction Mapping, Offsites, Fatalism, Architecture as Code, Impostor Syndrome: TMW #344

Hello again, welcome to the week!

There are now fewer than 5 Super Early Bird tickets remaining for CTO Craft Con: Culture and the CTO in London in November - as with the last event in May, tickets will very likely sell out quickly, so if you're interested in joining us, now's the time to grab yourself a space. Once the remaining Super Early Bird tickets have sold, the price will be jumping up, so don't leave it too late.

We've added some more speakers and panelists to the line-up:

  • Tom Hipwell, VP of Engineering at Hofy
  • Peter Donlon, CTO at Zopa Bank
  • Sara Stephens, CTO & Co-founder at Rest Less
  • Aditi Agarwal, CTO at Blue Light Card
  • Usman Bashir, Director of Engineering at Worldpay
  • ... and a super-top-secret headline keynote speaker who we'll be announcing shortly....

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Reads of the Week

Agile performance reviews and compensation
What to do in a cross-functional team and your organization is still using its existing approach to performance management and…
9 Team Health Check Methods To Unlock Team Potential
Discover 9 different ways to run a team health check, so you can decide which is best for you, and get started improving your team.

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

Help for the Overwhelmed Working Manager - Let’s Grow Leaders
Can you relate to the phrase, overwhelmed working manager? “Get eight practical ways to help you become a more effective working manager.
3 Ways to Keep Your Audience Focused During a Presentation
Grabbing and keeping your audience’s focus is critical to communication success. What you have to say is important, so give yourself the best chance to convey your message to your audience by first gaining attention, but then, more importantly, sustaining it. In this piece, the author outlines three…
Jade Rubick - Use these tips to improve your executive presence
Thirteen tips for improving your executive presence.
Strategy for Engineering Managers
What is the next move?

Culture, People & Teams

A Gentle Introduction to Dysfunction Mapping
Make Problems And Hidden Patterns in Your Organization Visible
A workshop guide to define a more purposeful return-to-office protocol for your team
The return-to-office conversation has been top of mind for many as more and more companies call employees back to work in person. There’s a lot of chatter around how often, when, and whether it should be required or not.
Beyond the Spreadsheet: Why Cancelling Team Offsites is a Hidden Cost You Can’t Afford
Discover why team offsites are more than just a line in the budget – they’re an investment in connection, creativity, and collaboration – and why cancelling them may lead to unseen long-term costs.
Barriers to Change: Fatalism - NOBL Academy
How much change can one individual really make in a huge organization? Surprisingly, enough to make a difference.
Scaling Engineering Teams Without Traditional Managers
When I joined Alan, the engineering team consisted of roughly 20 people, and we firmly held the perspective that engineers should not…

Technology, Operations & Delivery

Navigating Extra Work in Programming Teams
Recently, I read an interesting article by Ben Northrop that can be found here. In the article, Ben talks about the concept of ‘doing extra,’ which is not the same as doing more. For example, if you’re asked to implement two APIs and finish early, you can use the extra time to think about how to mak…
Application Architecture as Code
Cloud automation isn’t just about infrastructure anymore. This also affects automation language design.
Machine Learning Engineers — what do they actually do?
Does Machine Learning Engineer mean something new to our field? If so, what?

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

Winning With Imposter Syndrome: A Community Effort - Agile Testing with Lisa Crispin
Ideas from the Winning with Imposter Syndrome: A community effort workshop at Agile on the Beach conference
When Problem-Solving is a Problem - Leadership Freak
The way you deal with problems is more important than the problems themselves. Dysfunctional problem-solving makes problems worse. 10 questions that enable effective problem-solving…
The Art of Slowing Down
Turning patience into a form of creative action

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