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Employee Retention, Resume Screening, Focus Time, Ivory Tower Architects, Negotiation, Replatforming, EMM: TMW #316

 Employee Retention, Resume Screening, Focus Time, Ivory Tower Architects, Negotiation, Replatforming, EMM: TMW #316

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If you weren't able to join us for November's CTO Craft Con, you'll be excited to hear that all session recordings are now live and available on the CTO Craft Youtube channel. The event itself was a huge success, with hundreds of people swapping experiences and insights alongside some of the best subject matter experts and technology leaders in the world, as well as our very first Unconference. We're already planning the next Con, and this time there's a big twist... Keep your eyes peeled for more information in the next week or so! (And keep your diaries clear at the end of May...)

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Any guidance on how we can adapt our QA process to accommodate a new B2B model? Has anyone managed to create an effective UAT phase (e.g. maybe getting sales to help test new features or something)?
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Reads of the Week

Employee Retention Handbook
Employee retention is a top priority for most organizations. No-one likes seeing their talented colleague leave for a rival or, worse, burn out. As retention is such a hot topic, we decided to ask our readers why they chose to leave their jobs, how long they stayed before leaving, and what could ha
Tech debt - the plague of digital businesses that never seems to go away - part 2 | CTO Craft
In part 1 of this blog series we reviewed the multiple challenges linked to technical debt. In part 2, we explore the alignment to quality.

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Culture & People

How Will Working in Tech Change in 2023?
Engineers remain in high demand, remote work is here to stay, and the best jobs might not be at #FAANG companies anymore. Other than that, this year promises uncertainty. #techjobs #techcareers #techrecruiting #DevOpsjobs #DEI
What we look for in a resume
The resume evaluation process is pretty much a black box for most candidates. And it is so because few hiring managers have publicly discussed this. I thought I should start. Whether youre interested in applying to our startup, I hope that my perspective can shed some light on what is happening on
Three Tips To Help Software Teammates Ramp Up | 8th Light
How to (Humanely) Get the Best From Your Teams in an Uncertain Climate
After high-profile layoffs last year, news of more companies reducing their tech headcount has already arrived in 2023. Within the last few
Focus time for developers and everybody else
Everybody knows that focus time is important especially for individualcontributor levels. But also in a management role I value focus time a lotfor strategic work, research, analysis, and sometimes even just to be ableto process all input and reflect on what the current state and biggerpicture a

Leadership & Self Management

Avoid Being an Ivory Tower Architect: the Relationship between Architects and Their Organisation
In a recently published episode of Armchair Architects, the speakers discussed the relationship between software architects and the rest of the organisation. They detail how a successful architect can impact others by switching between going into the trenches and zooming into a tree and then being a
Women in tech: The best bet to solve Europes talent shortage
To remain competitive in technological growth and innovation, Europe must recruit and retain more women for the fastest-growing technology roles.
The Importance of Empathy in Leadership
Empathy in leadership is about understanding others, acknowledging their problems, and inspiring them to go beyond their capabilities. Many companies now The Importance of Empathy in Leadership
How to negotiate over practically anything
Theres a better way to get the things you want.
Internal comms for executives.
Whenever an executive joins a new company, there is an awkward merger between the executives preferred communication style and the norms that organization has already established. I remember a recently joined executive complaining that engineers werent reading his emails. He solved that problem

Agile & Engineering

Traps that could derail your replatforming project (and how to avoid them)
Sophie Davies-Patrick, Chief Technology Officer at MPB, shares nine ways to avoid potential roadblocks while replatforming.
No Deadlines for You! Software Development Without Estimates, Specs, or Other Lies
How to write great software for very happy business owners without telling them how long it will take you to do just about anything
Platform Engineering 101: What You Need to Know About This Hot New Trend
Platform engineering is a current hot topic with a rapidly growing tooling ecosystem and landscape. This article reviews many of the important trends in Platform Engineering.
Engineering Maturity Model
Your tech stack is not the product
Early stage technology decisions must be, uncomfortably, a means to an end.

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