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🎺 Prioritisation, Documentation, Performance Reviews, SPACE, Exec Networks, AMET: TMW #320

Hello again, welcome to the week!

Last week took us a little by surprise - we knew there was a lot of interest in an in-person CTO Craft Con, but we didn't expect to have sold out all the Super Early Bird tickets in less than a week... The feedback and interest from the community has been incredible, so thank you to everyone who's booked their place so far, raised questions, given words of encouragement and been cheerleaders. It's a real testament to the positivity of the CTO Craft community.

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4 Questions You Should Ask When Prioritising Engineering Work | CTO Craft
We discuss some of the questions that an engineering leader should examine during times when work needs to be ruthlessly prioritised.

Reads of the Week

The Ultimate Guide To Software Architecture Documentation
This guide shows you how to write, structure, visualize and manage software architecture documentation in a lean way using appropriate documentation tools.

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Culture & People

The Alternative to Performance Reviews for Software Engineers
Learning and development reviews
How you can use the SPACE framework to measure inclusion on developer teams
Inclusion has a significant impact on developer productivity. Here are 5 ways you can track it using the SPACE framework.
A Year of Scaling to a Multi-hundred Person Engineering Organization at Pleo
My father once explained how organizations scale with the analogy of fabric. If you take a piece and stretch it, holes start to appear…
We’ll speed up by splitting off a team to handle tickets, now we’re slower
Trying to close more tickets “doesn’t scale”
The difference between good and great engineers
An engineering culture is created by the people you hire, not by posts and posters. Here are 6 things we look for in exceptional engineers.

Leadership & Self Management

Building your executive network.
In most of my roles, I’ve learned more from my peers than from my manager. Even when you get along well with your manager, your peers’ perspective will usually be closer to yours than your manager’s. Once you transition into an engineering executive role, you’ll still have peers, but they’re a diffe…
Engineering Leadership Tactics: Mind the Input
How an engineering team’s performance is defined by the work they take in
Lets talk about money: the ultimate feedback loop - Allan Kelly
Money is information and creates a feedback loop. But this ultimate feedback loop is broken. Hiding financing, cashflow and budgets from teams treats them like children.
6 Mistakes You Should Avoid In Your Tech Leadership Career
Learn to look back to see what you did right and wrong
Everyone is the Hero of Their Own Story
How to see the world from someone else’s eyes
Writing unambiguous objectives
OKRs should have an opinion. Without one, teams lack clear direction. Here’s how to write unambiguous objective statements.

Agile & Engineering

On-Time Delivery
Factors affecting on-time delivery include requirements refinement, task dependencies, and organizational alignment.
Architecture Modernization Enabling Teams (AMET)
This article describes a pattern we have observed and applied in multi-team-scope architecture modernization initiatives…
A Framework for Prioritizing Tech Debt
Leverage is a powerful tool that applies to many things, including the code we write. However, tech debt like all leverage, comes with interest payments. How do we know when to start spending bandwidth on addressing it? We’ll look at a framework that can help us ensure we don’t reach a point of inso…

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