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🌻 Rewrite Traps, Psychological Safety, Good Goals, Strategy Debugging, NIHS, Uptime Guarantees, Worry Burnout: TMW #329

Hi there, welcome to the week

If, like the CTO Craft team, you're based in the UK, chances are you're enjoying one of the several bank holidays in May today - this week's is for May Day, next week is a bonus day off for the King's coronation. Whatever you're up to, hopefully you're getting a chance to refresh and reset.

This week's issue is a bumper one, as you'll see below, but our takeaways from O'Reilly's Tech Trends Report is especially worth checking out - it's pleasing to see L&D increasing in importance, for example. What are you doing with L&D, and how are you building the culture within your teams to be more explicitly open to professional growth?

On with the links - enjoy, and see you next week!

Andy @ CTO Craft

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Reads of the Week

Key takeaways from O’Reilly’s 2023 Tech Trends Report | CTO Craft
Read about the latest tech trends to guide where tech is heading in 2023 and see what teams are learning to help you prepare for what’s next.
Avoiding the Rewrite Trap
A common challenge for engineering leaders looks something like this:
Here are 5 Proven Practices to Boost Psychological Safety - Blog
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CTO Craft Bytes

CTO Craft Bytes: Empathetic Leadership
At this CTO Craft Bytes event, we’re joined by Jeanne Cordisco, Chief People Officer at O’Reilly for a fireside chat.

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

How Do I Lead My Team without Strategic Direction from the Top?
A leader must learn how he can enhance his team’s impact, despite conflicting organizational priorities.
TBM 216: Good Goals/Bad Goals
What makes a good goal? Most of us have heard of “SMART goals” (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound), but in my experience, SMART is only the tip of the iceberg. OKRs, to their benefit, seek to encourage some positive goal-setting habits, but ultimately they are still goals.
Ten Attributes Of A Great Manager
To become a great manager, your most important attribute is not winning awards or recognition. It’s about the journey.
OKRs as a strategy debugger (& sandwich maker) - Allan Kelly
OKRs should reflect company missions and strategy. If they don’t that is a symptom not a problem. As in debugging the OKR needs fixing but so too does the cause
Lessons learned from being a CTPO
I recently completed my first role as a Chief Product and Technology Officer (CPTO). As the position becomes increasingly common, I wanted…

Culture, People & Teams

Three Ways to Gain Visibility into Indirectly Managed Teams
How do you have visibility to what matters especially when you manage from 2 or more layers away?
Why Big Tech layoffs haven’t made your tech hiring (much) easier - Technical.ly
With Big Tech in retreat, now is when we see what companies really are market leaders.
The Corporate Rebels Handbook Series: Conflict Resolution - Blog
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Barriers to Change: Not Invented Here Syndrome - NOBL Academy
Automatically rejecting ideas from the “outside” wastes time and energy that could be spent on desperately needed change

Technology, Operations & Delivery

Uptime Guarantees — A Pragmatic Perspective
Engineers won’t tell you this. It’s not how they think. They love working on nice juicy problems, and being able to put them on their CVs. 💡 Engineering for 99.5% uptime is more cost-effective than 99.99% for most startups! “But why shouldn’t my engineers strive for excellence?” They should, but 99…
Are Developers Needed in the Age of AI? | Hups
What does the rise of generative AI mean for Development teams?
What Is a User Story Template and Why Does It Work So Well?
The most popular way of writing user stories is with a three-part user story template that answers the questions Who, What, and Why.
Agility and Architecture
Software architecture and agility are often portrayed as incompatible. In reality, they are mutually reinforcing - a sound architecture helps teams build better solutions in a series of short intervals, and gradually evolving a system’s architecture helps by validating and improving it over time.
Systems design 2: What we hope we know
Someone asked if I could write about the rise of AI and Large Language Models (LLMs) and what I think that means for the future of people, t…

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

Stress-free start: expert strategies to conquer new job anxiety | Welcome to the Jungle
Learn how to tackle new job stress with expert tips on preparation, communication, and maintaining a positive, realistic mindset.
How to memorize any information by active learning
“There’s no such thing as a good memory or a bad memory, there’s only a trained memory and an untrained memory”
Worry burnout, or when too much worry leaves you exhausted and overwhelmed
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Stop Blaming Others, take responsibility.
Why do we keep blaming others when we fail? Why do we tend to find an excuse? How can we fix this?

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