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🍳 Lessons from Cycling, Systems Leadership, Stakeholders, Performance Reviews, Measuring Stability, Peter Principle: TMW #353

Hi there, welcome to the week!

A massive thank you to everyone involved in the Campus launch last week; we couldn't be happier with how it's gone. Lots of new content coming this week, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements!

As you'll see below, we've started planning Mixer events in cities around Europe, where CTO Craft community members (and non-members!) can get together for an informal chat, beverages and whatever else they fancy. We're planning to launch many more of these in cities everywhere in the world, so if you're interested in helping launch one wherever you're based, drop us a line!

CTO Craft Con: Culture and the CTO is getting very close to selling out - if you're planning to come along, don't leave it too late to pick up your ticket. We'd love to see you there. Don't forget to use the access code "Community-Nov-23" to enable your exclusive discount!

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

Andy @ CTO Craft

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CTO Craft Events

CTO Craft Con: Culture and the CTO | London 7-8 November
CTO Craft Con will bring together over 250 Chief Technology Officers and other senior technology leaders from the most exciting start-ups, scale-ups, unicorns, and big tech companies to elevate their engineering culture in London, 7-8 November 2023.
CTO Craft Bytes: Sorry - Sales is part of the CTO role
In this Bytes session, we will discuss strategies and best practices to understand your sales role as a CTO or technical leader.
CTO Craft: Berlin Mixer
Our first CTO Craft Bytes in Berlin, Germany! Join our community of CTO and senior tech leaders for an informal meet-up
CTO Craft: Dublin Mixer
Network and learn with fellow CTOs, CTO Craft community members and aspiring tech leaders in Dublin, Ireland
CTO Craft: Manchester Mixer
Network and learn with fellow CTO Craft members at The Old Monkey pub in Manchester.

Reads of the Week

Why We Don’t Ship Software as Fast as We Used To
Don’t blame it all on bloat—the reason is complicated
Engineering Team Lessons from Cycling - Benji’s Blog
Cycling provides interesting example for software development. Like software development it’s possible to race individually or in teams. A group that’s an effective team will outperform the same group acting as individuals every time.

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

The 9 Characteristics of Effective Systems Leaders – Equal Measure
For the next few months, we’ll be sharing short, bite-size, and easily digestible elements of these lessons learned through an ongoing series we’re calling Tools & Frameworks.
On Stakeholders, And How To Discover Them
Why Agile teams can’t exist without stakeholders, and 10 powerful questions to find them.
OKRs don’t solve dependencies, they reveal them
OKRs can work like an organisational flashlight, shedding light on the dependencies that keep teams from delivering autonomously
Manage Your Capacity, Not Your Time - The Engineering Manager
We obsess over managing our time. However, we should focus on managing our capacity instead: it’s our ability to do our best work.

Culture, People & Teams

Hired Releases 2023 State of Tech Salaries; Tech Hiring Tightrope
Hired’s annual data report covers proprietary hiring marketplace behavioral interactions and talent surveys to guide employers & jobseekers
Whoopee! Performance reviews that work?
In 2020, I wrote a piece titled “Interim thoughts on “managing” performance”:
How DoorDash Defines Great Engineering Management - DoorDash Engineering Blog
What great engineering management looks like at DoorDash.
Software Development Engagement Models - DZone
Explore the top six engagement models for software development, their pros, cons, and best use cases.

Technology, Operations & Delivery

Engineer Time Saved
How measuring the cost of operations unlocked a quantification of efficiences and speed of engineering delivery driven by a platform team.
Diving into Engineering Metrics
A deep dive into Engineering Metrics, their history, and how to use them.
TBM 248: Project-ish
Imagine a spectrum. On one side, you have a team basking in the warm glow of a sunny afternoon, free from constraints, shipping high-quality products at will, with instant access to customers and the best tools, and not a care in the world. On the other side, you have a team thrown into a Sisyphean…
How Agile Teams Can Improve Predictability by Measuring Stability
In this article, we will present our approach for analysing agile systems as networks of queues and how we have used it to analyse 926 projects in the Public Jira Dataset. We explain how you can measure the Stability Metric (SM) for your queues. Finally, we will present our planned next phase of res…

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

Leading Through Pain
Highlighting the profound impact of simple gestures during horrific times and ways to take care of others AND yourself
The 8 Drivers For Employee Wellbeing
You are not measuring the most important well-being drivers. It’s time to start doing so.
Impostor Syndrome or Peter Principle…
… Learn how you can tell the difference and what to do about it.
Wellbeing Champions: An essential tool in mental health and wellbeing strategy
Today, as we constantly juggle the demands of our professional and personal lives, we encounter a multitude of new challenges and pressures. With the potential for life to become overwhelming, the importance of prioritizing employee wellbeing has never been more critical. Here’s how having Wellbeing…

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