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🐌 Kind Engineering, Silos, Engineering Reports, M&A, Flow, Language Bias, How to Hire, Probabilistic Forecasts, Skills Regression: TMW #350

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Reads of the Week

Kind Engineering: How To Engineer Kindness
How do you avoid becoming a Brilliant Jerk? Read this article to learn practical tips on communication, honesty and psychological safety.
Bridging Silos and Overcoming Collaboration Antipatterns in Multidisciplinary Organisations
There’s a worrying trend towards focusing on specialisms at the expense of collaboration, shared responsibility and valuable outcomes, which can take teams away from multi-disciplinary collaboration. This article calls out three collaboration anti-patterns that appeared in more than one organisation…

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

4 Engineering Slides CEOs Love (That You Can Have For Free)
Never stress out before meeting your boss again.
5 crucial steps for CTOs after a merger or acquisition
Optimise, organise, align, and combine.
Flow ✍🏻 Drawn to Leadership
Through flow, individuals enter a state of presence in which they perform at their best. But the psychologist Csikszentmihalyi argued that flow is also a state of great psychological well-being. Bringing flow into the workplace requires good leadership.
5 Things You Can Do as a Manager of New(er) Managers to Help Them Take-Off Successfully
Starting our as a new(er) managers is challenging. Here are 5 things you can do to help them take off successfully:

Culture, People & Teams

Language bias in performance feedback
Textio has found strong patterns of inequity in job performance feedback. This new data reveals major demographic biases by gender, race, and age. Read the full report.
On productivity metrics and management consultants
The management consulting firm McKinsey & Company recently posted a blog post titled Yes, you can measure software developer productivity. The post prompted a lot of responses, such as Kent Bec…
How to hire
After startups raise money, their next biggest problem becomes hiring. It turns out it’s both really hard and really important to hire good people; in fact, it’s probably the most important thing…
How to work with your peer managers as a “first team” and why it matters — Lena Reinhard
Working as a “first team” with our peer leaders means that we prioritize our peers rather than focusing mainly on our direct reports. Read about how this approach can help you bridge departmental gaps, level up as a leader, and based on what signs you can tell if leaders are operating as a

Technology, Operations & Delivery

Using Probabilistic Forecasts for Feature Planning
“We don’t need to plan, we’re agile!” — if you have heard this before, you’re not alone. I’m convinced that by now you are aware that this…
Redefining Client Work - The Agency’s Guide to Shape Up. – Klaus Breyer - CTPO: Startup Strategy, Product Execution & Tech Leadership
Two different agency worlds. In the first, designers and developers hustle, juggling multiple client projects, always feeling the pressure of looming deadlines. In the second, there’s a noticeable contrast. There is a structured flow, with teams confidently navigating client work.The difference? Th…
How To Handle Technical Debt in Scrum - DZone
Learn how to manage technical debt in Scrum to improve code quality. Choose the right strategy to prioritize and fix tech debt and gain a competitive edge.
Estimating how much it costs to run greenfield systems
It is all too tempting to overlook cloud compute costs when planning a software system. Focus tends to be on cost to build. But for some systems the cost to run can greatly exceed the cost to build. This article explains how to break your system down into component parts and estimate your cloud comp…

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

Does your life include enough fun?
ALSO: employee pay transparency unearths huge D&I bombshell
Dunning-Kruger Effect: How to Cringe Yourself to Success
A reflection on the infamous Dunning-Kruger Effect, a cognitive bias that leads poor performers to grossly overestimate their abilities.
When Burnout Burns Skills: Unraveling the Twine of Skills Regression
Burnout’s Aftermath: Tracing Back Skills Lost to Burnout
Neurodiversity in the workplace: a Q&A
A conversation with Matt Boyd, CEO of Exceptional Individuals, on the subject of neurodiversity and neurodivergence in the workplace.

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