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🛩 Scaling Teams, Performance vs Compensation, Influence, CPTOs, Remote Performance, Developer Self-Service, Mental Cacophony: TMW #348

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CTO Craft Bytes

Cutting through the noise – Scaling Teams in a Candidate-Rich Market
At this CTO Craft Bytes event we″ll be digging into why quantity and quality rarely go hand-in-hand and how you can uncover top talent.
CTO Craft Bytes: Manchester Get Together
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Reads of the Week

5 things that are typically confused for productivity.
Confusing responsiveness for productivity
Performance & Compensation (for Eng Execs).
Uber’s original performance process was called “T3B3” and was remarkably simple: write the individuals top 3 strengths, and top 3 weaknesses, and share the feedback with them directly in person. There was a prolonged fight against even documenting the feedback, which was viewed as discouraging hones…

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

Four Ways Leaders Influence Organizational Culture
Have you ever walked into an office and felt the energy? Whether it’s a sense of excitement, ambition, calm, or stress, it’s a product of the company’s culture. And guess who plays a significant role in shaping it? Leaders do. There are several ways we influence our organization’s culture, I’ve sele…
CPTO Roles Catalyze Growth - Kathy Keating
There are 3 main business flows of a technology company that have to be in tight alignment to each other in order to enable growth…
Leadership is a Research Project
The best leaders are tireless investigators of the humans around them. More important than vision and intuition is curiosity and humility.
The Corporate Rebels Handbook: Goal-Setting (and Celebrating…
Breadcrumbs list

Culture, People & Teams

You can’t fix core competency with a stern conversation
When things aren’t going well with a new hire, the problem usually falls into one of two categories: competency or engagement. If it’s a problem with engagement – their style of collaboration, their communication, their approach – there’s a good chance you can fix it with some clear feedback. But if…
5 Metrics for Measuring Remote Performance (And Tools to Track Them)
Unlock the secrets to effective remote management with these pivotal metrics. Dive into tools that make tracking them a breeze.
IC or EM? Why not both? — My journey in Exploring the two roles beyond Senior Software Engineers
I’ll share my experience working a bit in both individual contributor and engineering management paths.
Should you give candidates feedback on their interview performance? - Jacob Kaplan-Moss
Should you give unsuccessful job candidates feedback on what they did or didn’t get right?

Technology, Operations & Delivery

Council Post: The Code Quality Advantage: How Empirical Data Shatters The Speed Vs. Quality Myth
Code quality is largely undervalued at the business level. This is evident in the rampant problem of technical debt.
A Developer’s Starting Point for Integrating with LLMs
Here’s what I know so far, from a lay-developer’s perspective (no AI or ML experience). So you’re a coder, and you’ve been asked to integrate with ChatGPT. What do you need …
A Deeper Look At The Role of Developer Self-Service - Adroit Cloud Consulting
In the modern software development landscape, speed and agility are key. However, this acceleration should not come at the expense of security and compliance, especially in regulated environments. Developer Self-Service and Developer Experience (DevEx) have emerged as models to address this balance,…
Product Backlog Management: Tips and Tricks - DZone
Learn about backlog management, prioritization frameworks, and how Jira fits into your strategies. Tips and tricks included!

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

The Two Healthbar Theory of Burnout
When’s it time to move on? Some things to consider.
How to make difficult conversations a little less difficult
Difficult conversations exist everywhere; with people who jump the queue to breaking bad news to loved ones. It’s something we’re never taught so what can we do to make these conversations easier?
Withstanding the Mental Cacophony
Effective Stress Management Techniques
Respecting Employees Goes Beyond Politeness: Understanding The 4 Respect Languages (Part 1)
“Respect is like air. As long as it’s present, nobody thinks about it. But if you take it away, it’s all that people can think about.” —…

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