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🏕 Neurodivergence, Friction, Feedback Loops, Comp Heuristics, Choosing a Language, Mob Programming: TMW #338

Greetings! Welcome to the week

We have two events this week: our first Manchester, UK Bytes session, which will be an informal networking affair, and a session with Tab Ahmad of EmployAbility, a renowned thought leader in the world of neurodivergence and inclusivity in the workplace. Both will be unmissable - see below for links to register.

Don't forget you can pre-register to be the first to hear about Super Early Bird tickets for the next CTO Craft Con London in November. To join the list, fill in the form here, and we'll be in touch in the coming weeks:


That's it, on with the links! See you next week

Andy @ CTO Craft

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CTO Craft Bytes - Manchester Town Hall
Join us for our first ever in-person event in Manchester! Network at The Old Monkey pub with fellow members of the CTO Craft Community
CTO Craft Bytes: Creating a neurodivergent & disability-inclusive workplace
At this CTO Craft Bytes we’re joined by founder of EmployAbility, Tab Ahmad.

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CTO Craft Bytes: A CTO’s Guide to Effectively Communicating the Business Impact of Engineering
Register now for CTO Craft Bytes: A CTO’s Guide to Effectively Communicating the Business Impact of Engineering on crowdcast, scheduled to go live on June 29, 2023, 04:00 PM GMT+1.

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Delete Friction
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Talk transcript on various patterns that slowly influence how teams deal with reliability, and highlight some of the key interactions and behaviors I keep finding work well in the organizations I’ve been part of.
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Culture, People & Teams

SaaSy Questions #1: Compensation Heuristics
How should you compensate your early team? What guidelines and best practices should you follow?
On levelling, learning and development
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Technology, Operations & Delivery

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Jo Rabin, a fractional/interim CTO, coach and advisor, discusses choosing your programming language and language qualities.
How to Accurately Forecast Project Delivery - DZone
For most leaders, knowing when you’ll deliver a new feature or if you can deliver it sooner is a matter of intuition, manual work, and luck.
Considering Remote Mob Programming in a High Stakes Environment
Remote mob programming helped a team in a high-stakes environment to be resilient, work under pressure, and deliver successfully. Setting expectations on the first call and being serious about the reasons for doing mob programming ensured that the team kept doing it.
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Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

Insights Into Stress Anxiety And Depression For Team Leaders
Stress, anxiety and depression are complex mental health conditions that can have significant impacts on individuals’ lives
Emotional Self Control Probably Doesn’t Mean What You Think… — Kate Leto
When you find yourself in an unexpectedly stressful situation—whether your CEO questions your decision-making or a colleague simply isn’t taking your feedback on board and you feel ignored or undermined—how do you react? 
When You’re Pushed Outside Your Comfort Zone
Executive coach and former venture capitalist Jerry Colonna takes questions from listeners struggling with stretch responsibilities.
I’m an Argentine millennial who’s recovering from burnout after 6 years in a job with no boundaries. Therapy and a strict sign-out time have helped my mental health.
A millennial who returned to the office to help his mental health said he used to suffer from panic attacks before fixing his relationship with work.

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