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🐞 Uncertainty, Operational Health, Giving Feedback, Hiring for Potential, Fluid Teams, Prioritisation, Remote Resilience: TMW #366

Plus: our Compensation Survey, CTO Craft Con and Mixer events in your city...
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CTO Craft: 2024 Compensation Survey
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One of our previous Con speakers is Sally Lait, Engineering Director for Trust & Safety at Bumble, who appeared in November on a panel on diversity. We recently caught up for a chat with Sally, which you can read here.

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CTO Craft Con: London | 8-9 May 2024
CTO Craft Con will bring together over 500 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, May 2024
CTO Craft Bytes: Beyond just an OpenAI wrapper
Nowadays, some products and features are indeed “just OpenAI wrappers”. But, to build compelling products that take advantage of GenAi models, there is still a lot of work, thought, and deliberation needed. What techniques and patterns do we need to learn to effectively unlock the potential of this revolution?

Mixers: We have a number of Mixer events coming up shortly in Edinburgh, Dublin, Sofia, Bristol, Manchester and Berlin - read more here and book your place.

Reads of the Week

Navigating Uncertainty, Handling Complexity — Leadership Skills Development (session recording)
A guide to building the leadership skills of navigating uncertainty and complexity handling with Systems Thinking and other mental models.
The outcome of the strategy becomes culture
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” - Peter Drucker. I also found the sentence as “Execution eats strategy for breakfast”. It is interesting the amount of organizations eating strategy each morning. 😅 Those sentences bring me interesting thoughts regarding how culture, strategy, and execution are related to each other.

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

Operational Health Maturity Model
“Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the client or customer gets out of it.” — Peter Drucker
The Middle Manager of the Future: More Coaching, Less Commanding
Skilled middle managers foster collaboration, inspire employees, and link important functions at companies. An analysis of more than 35 million job postings by Letian Zhang paints a counterintuitive picture of today’s midlevel manager. Could these roles provide an innovation edge?
Should you Stay Technical as an Engineering Manager?
Navigating the Balance Between Engineering Management and Technical Expertise
How to get good at giving feedback
Feedback is the breakfast of champions and this is how you prepare it

Culture, People & Teams

How to hire low experience, high potential people
Finding diamonds in the rough
Collective Fallacy
How it can stifle innovation
Fluid Teams: The Next Evolution of Agile?
Could fluid teams be the next popular iteration in Agile ways of working? Discover the pros and cons of experimenting with fluid teams!
Building A High-Performing Team — Chapter 1
Setting the scene
Building A High-Performing Team — Chapter 2
Creating a Shared Sense of Purpose

Technology, Operations & Delivery

The One Reason Why Prioritization Frameworks Will Never Work, and What to Do Instead
Reclaiming the essence of Product vs. Project Management
Roadmaps are tools
All the ways roadmaps can help or hinder software teams.
When should you give up on a project that doesn’t work?
I spent most of my free time after work over the last month working on a project and today I’m giving up.

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

How to have hard conversations: The 4-step guide
How many times have you dreaded having a hard conversation, or over-thought how it might transpire in anticipation of it being difficult…
Fostering Resilience In Remote Work Environments: Redefining Success At A Distance
Explore why resilience is a crucial factor and discover tips and strategies to foster resilience in remote work settings.
4 Ways How to Resolve Conflict in the Workplace as a Manager
Facing workplace conflicts? A manager’s roadmap to navigating and resolving team conflicts effectively with 4 effective strategies.
The True Wealth of Happiness: Insights from Life’s Unforeseen Lessons
I was watching an interview of our company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and something he said really struck me: “Money is not…

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