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🛟 Performance Reviews, Strategy, Babble, Asking Questions, Toxic Positivity, Git Facts, Domain-Driven Cloud, F.A.I.L: TMW #354

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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.
Conference Speaker Spotlight Q&A with Tom Hipwell, VP of Engineering at Hofy | CTO Craft
VP of Engineering at Hofy, Tom discusses how to manage company culture in tough times and how he creates a culture of innovation.
Campus by CTO Craft: The Go-to Resource for Senior Technology Leaders
Created for CTOs, by CTOs: A transformative learning community for senior technology leaders in startups and scale-ups

CTO Craft Events

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: 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

12 Ways to Rethink Your Next Performance Review Conversation
Stop dreading performance reviews. We assembled a list of 12 tips from expert leaders like Lenny Rachitsky, Molly Graham, Russ Laraway, Brie Wolfson, Julie Zhuo and more to make these conversations more impactful. There are frameworks and tactics for managers and reports alike to rethink their appro…
Solving the Engineering Strategy crisis.
These are speaking notes for my October 4th, QCon talk in San Francisco. Slides for this talk. Over the course of my career, I’ve frequently heard from colleagues, team members and random internet strangers with the same frustration: the company doesn’t have an Engineering strategy. I don’t think th…

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

Babble hypothesis shows key factor to becoming a leader
Research shows that those who spend more time speaking tend to emerge as the leaders of groups, regardless of their intelligence.
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.
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
5 Levels Of Problem Solving: A Framework For (First-Time) Managers -…
Breadcrumbs list
Asking questions the right way
Engineers at all levels are encouraged to embrace curiosity, showcasing that asking questions, can pave the way for innovation and deeper understanding. Remember, the right question at the right time can be the catalyst for groundbreaking advancements in technology.

Culture, People & Teams

Is Your Team Overworking But Underperforming?
Hard work comes in two equally important forms: effort to perform and effort to improve. But too often, we only focus on the first part and become trapped in lengthy to-do lists. The author calls this the “performance zone.” When we switch our lens to include efforts to improve, entering what he cal…
Toxic Positivity in the Workplace: Why & How to Deal with it
Toxic positivity hurts psychological safety at work. Learn the signs of a toxic positivity culture, and how to address it.
Bounce Back - Strengthen your Teams to Weather Change
Forming, storming, norming, performing. Long lived teams are best. Keep your teams together. You’ll lose predictability if you change. Over the years I’ve heard all of this too. But the fact is, your teams will change. It’s in their nature. You might as well lean into that.
Navigating Tech Teams: Motivation, Structure, and Domain Alignment
In my journey as a CTO, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the transformative power of motivation and alignment within technology teams. I’ve seen teams that buzzed with energy…

Technology, Operations & Delivery

Data engineering at Meta: High-Level Overview of the internal tech stack
This article provides an overview of the internal tech stack that we use on a daily basis as data engineers at Meta. The idea is to shed…
Some miscellaneous git facts
Some miscellaneous git facts
Domain-Driven Cloud: Aligning Your Cloud Architecture to Your Business Model
Domain-Driven Cloud (DDC) is an approach for creating your organization’s cloud architecture based on your business model. Based on Domain-Driven Design (DDD) and the architecture principle of high cohesion and low coupling, this article introduces DDC including the technical and human benefits of…
The State of Kubernetes: Self-Managed vs. Managed Platforms - DZone
Look at the current state of managed Kubernetes offerings as well as options for self-managed clusters. Discuss the pros and cons as well as recommendations.

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

Networking as an introvert CTO
There I was, standing in the middle of a buzzing tech event that our company organized, feeling like a fish out of water. The room was filled with
How Hard Should I Push Myself?
What the science of stress tells us about peak performance
Overcoming Developer Burnout: Strategies for Maintaining Motivation and Mental Health
Being a developer is a demanding job that requires a lot of focus and dedication. With the constant pressure to meet deadlines, solve…
F.A.I.L.: lets talk about the F word
At this year’s Mind the Product conference I spoke about something that we don’t talk about enough: product failure. As product people we should accept failure and embrace the concept o…

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