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🚁 Culture and the CTO Tickets, Talent/Value, Energy Management, Ownership, Finding Leaders, Forecasting, Stress: TMW #343

Hello there, it's Monday...

And it's conference time!

If you're a CTO Craft Slack member, you'll have seen that we launched Super Early Bird tickets to the community last week, and as with last time, the response was amazing - there are now fewer than 10 Super Early Bird tickets remaining 😮

We'll be back at London's iconic Tobacco Dock Gallery on November 7th and 8th for a deep dive into Engineering Culture, with keynotes, community talks, panels and lots and lots of networking with other technology leaders. The agenda is coming together swiftly - here's a taste of the speakers:

  • Ankur Sharma, CPTO, Perkbox
  • Nasreen Abdul Jaleen, CTO, Marley Spoon
  • Sophie Davies-Patrick, CTO, MPB
  • Serge Kruppa, CTO, Sylvera
  • Roxana Diaconescu, CTO, SilverRail
  • Catalina Turlea, CTO & Co-founder, nilo.health
  • Sue Li, CTO, SwipeGuide
  • Sara Stephens, CTO & Co-founder, Rest Less
  • Adelina Chalmers, Founder & CTO, The Geek Whisperer
  • Nadia Alramli, VP of Engineering, Hubspot
  • Giorgos Ampavis, VP of Engineering, Tide
  • James Stanier, Director of Engineering, Shopify
  • Dan Blundell, Director of Engineering, Gymshark
  • Jasper Schulte, Director of Engineering, Booking.com
  • Tab Ahmad, CEO & Founder, EmployAbility

A very limited number of Super Early Bird tickets are still available, and CTO Craft Slack Members benefit from an additional discount, so do log in if you're a member and grab the code. Grab your tickets here:

CTO Craft Con: Culture and the CTO Tickets

See you there!

Andy @ CTO Craft

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Reads of the Week

The Talent to Value framework
In the knowledge economy, nothing is more critical to a business’s success than the humans that it consists of. Having the right…
Do Something, So We Can Change It!
A habit for addressing two-way decisions.

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

Turbulent times call for adaptive leadership
Learn what adaptive leadership is, how it compares to other leadership styles, and how you can adopt its principles.
How to Prepare for Strategy
Less is More
Manage your priorities and energy.
Back when I was managing at Uber, I latched onto a thinking tool that I drilled into the teams I worked with: reach the right outcomes by prioritizing the company first, your team second, and yourself third. This “company, team, self” framework proved a helpful decision-making tool, and at the time…
The Art of Subtle Influence
How to lead when you don’t have control

Culture, People & Teams

Broken Ownership
In the ownership trio, we discussed 3 elements: Knowledge, Mandate and Responsibility. This article digs into various broken ownership scenarios where 1-2 of those elements are missing, what are the common symptoms and how to fix them.
4 Ways To Effectively Mine for Emerging Leadership Talent – Scott Cochrane
Creating ownership and commitment to delivery in self-organized teams | Management 3.0
What does it take to achieve full ownership within a self-organized team? How to prepare the proper environment for creating ownership and commitment.
Striking the Balance: The Power of Honest Dialogues in Building Strong Team Culture
Embracing Radical Candor with a pinch of Sensitivity!

Technology, Operations & Delivery

The Real Danger of LLMs
This time, AI might *actually* make us stupid.
Have Agile Teams Stopped Experimenting? What Can Be Done?
As Scrum teams have moved to shorter sprints, have they also lost the extra time to experiment freely? What can we do to reignite a spirit of innovation?
Forecasting Team Performance
Learn how you can forecast team performance to your stakeholders in this new blog.
QA Documentation on a Time Crunch
The pressure to deliver high-quality products within tight deadlines can be overwhelming. Meanwhile, documenting the testing process is…

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

Status Is Weird
and Values Are Bullshit
How to Transform Your Stress Into Insane Productivity, According to Harvard Psychologists
Stress is sometimes unavoidable — here’s how to turn it into your best friend.
Do You Have A Best Friend At Work?
Around 15 years ago, my then organization (Standard Chartered Bank) asked me this question for the first time. It was part of the survey that all employees had to take, which consisted of 12…
Stress kills listening skills
Where we may normally struggle a little in getting our point across advocating for users and our true intentions for the success of the business heard, stress adds an extra layer of complication…

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