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🍫 On Hiring, Software Vendors, Accountability vs Blame, Incompetence, Onboarding, Pairing, Flow Efficiency, MLOps: TMW #325

Hello again!

You might remember our recent survey on Leadership Health, in collaboration with Lohika - the survey has now closed, and we've been busy pulling together some of the most interesting insights. For example, 83% of technology leaders work on their development at least every month, yet over half of leaders haven’t set personal goals for 2023. A huge thanks to everyone who got involved.

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Andy @ CTO Craft

Spotlight Q&A with Chief Technology Officer, RVU (uSwitch, Confused.com), Paul Ingles | CTO Craft
Paul Ingles is CTO at RVU and discusses his upcoming conference talk, how to create a team culture of innovation and the power of journaling.
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Reads of the Week

On hiring
Creating scalable, consistency and noise-free interview evaluations.
LinkedIn - Future of Skills
The skills to stay competitive in the new world of work.

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

Numbers To Know For Managing (Software Teams)
Learning how to manage is a long race - it takes many years and each lap offers new learnings. Along the way, anchors emerge that can help orient a manager when a number of other variables are in flux.Below we offer a number of these anchors. They are based on philosophy, experience, and analysis;…
Questionable Advice: “People Used To Take Me Seriously. Then I Became A Software Vendor”
I recently got a plaintive text message from my magnificent friend Abby Bangser, asking about a conversation we had several years ago: “Hey, I’ve got a question for you. A long time ago…
Leadership Tip 21: How to Know if People Are Working Hard - Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant
Too many managers don’t know how to manage remote people. Worse, those managers, or their organizations, don’t trust people to do a good job. The organization installs spyware to see if people are working. That’s classic Theory X behavior. However, people are smarter than the spyware. Many of these…
Accountability is Not Blame
accountable, adjective, “required to render account” Tidy First? starts with, “Software design is an exercise in human relationships.” Since human relationships don’t come naturally to me, I’ve been digging into how relationships work before starting on the second book in series. So far we have:

Culture, People & Teams

Culture & Methods Trends Report March 2023
The two biggest factors influencing organisational culture in early 2023 are the highly publicised and hugely disruptive layoffs across the tech industry and the emergence of Large Language Models such as ChatGPT.
Incompetent but Nice - Jacob Kaplan-Moss
A question I’ve never been able to answer to my satisfaction: how do you manage people who are nice but can’t do the work?
Learnings from Measuring Psychological Safety
Asking people how they feel about taking certain types of risks can give insight into the level of psychological safety and help uncover issues. Discussing the answers can strengthen the level of safety of more mature teams and help less mature teams to understand how they could improve.
Improve Onboarding in Teams Through the Magic of Storytelling
An overview of some tips that may help you enhance the onboarding process and increase its efficiency

Technology, Operations & Delivery

In-Depth: The Costs And Benefits Of Pair Programming
Four important insights from scientific studies of pair programming versus solo programming
The many flaws of Flow Efficiency
The number one metric organisations should be using? Nope. Here are the many reasons why flow efficiency is flawed and impractical.
Buy vs Build... Over Time
What to think when you realize you chose wrong.
The choice between model-centric or data-centric MLOps
The decision challenges data scientists to choose which component will play a more important role in the development of a robust model.

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

The Burnout Blueprint
You know the feeling: Everything is a chore, and you feel like you’re drowning in your craft. You know your responsibilities are important…
TBM 208: “Do You Have Specific Examples?”
“Do you have any specific examples?” The question can be both helpful and triggering. Consider two examples: Performance Feedback: You’re in a performance review situation, and your manager makes a broad statement like, “You need to slow down to bring other people along on the journey!” What do you…
10 Best Personal Development Goals For Leaders
Leadership is much more than just the title itself. Here are the ten best personal development goals for leaders to be successful at the workplace.
5 Red Flags of Burnout and How to Overcome Them
Burnout can affect anyone, from busy professionals to caregivers, students, and more. It is a state of physical, emotional, and mental…

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