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🪗 Entropy, Assertive Leadership, Luck, Conway's Law, Victim Mentality, Time Tracking, Scary Change, Listening: TMW #370

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Howdy! It's Monday!

We're nearing the end of the Early Bird ticket sales for CTO Craft Con: London in May, so if you're thinking about coming along, get in quick before the price increases, and don't forget your discount as a TMW subscriber. You'll also be able to join us at the CTO Craft Con After Party for some drinks and nibbles, good conversation and maybe a game or two.

Here's what you can expect at the Con:

  • An Incredible line-up of speakers
  • A global community of attendees
  • An intimate roundtable track
  • Diverse networking activities
  • Free 1-1 coaching
  • Unforgettable after party with our friends at DX

Use the code "Community-May-24" in the checkout to enable member pricing. Grab your tickets here: https://conference.ctocraft.com/london-2024/

Campus members get access to a brand new course this week, as we roll out Managing Upwards and Sideways. We've worked with some of the best minds on the topic of building and sustaining impactful relationships with leaders of other functions, as well as your own manager, whether that's a CEO, founder, board member or whoever else you report in to. If you're struggling to get the most out of your work relationships, this course will give you the tools to get it right.

Managing Upwards and Sideways | CTO Craft Campus
In the fast-paced realm of contemporary business, mastering cross-functional collaboration is a vital skill for all senior technology leaders. This course offers a comprehensive exploration of the intricacies of cross-functional teamwork, from understanding the psychology of collaboration to developing essential interpersonal skills. By the course’s end, you’ll emerge as a leader who can confidently lead, influence, and inspire collaboration across functions, ensuring your organisation thrives in today’s dynamic business landscape.

Don't forget: we're running our second Tech Leader Compensation Survey right now - nearly 600 people have already taken part, and it only takes a few minutes. Please do take a peek! We'll be releasing the report in a month or so.

That's it! On with the links....

Andy @ CTO Craft

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CTO Craft Events

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?
CTO Craft Bytes: Exploring the Future of Platform Development: A Glimpse into 2030 with GenAI
Join us for an insightful Bytes session where we delve into the future of platform development in the year 2030, focusing on the transformative role of code as a commodity enhanced by GenAI capabilities. This session features Glyn Roberts of Vention, a seasoned expert with two decades of experience in web development, spanning roles from developer to CTO. Glyn will guide us through his vision of how platform development will evolve by 2030 and the far-reaching implications of an AI-centric approach in this field.

Mixers: We have a number of Mixer events coming up shortly in Gothenburg, Sofia, Bristol, Manchester, Bucharest, Munich and Berlin - read more here and book your place. Are you interested in launching a Mixer in your city? Drop us a line!

Reads of the Week

Entropy: The Hidden Force That Complicates Life
This article will help you learn how Entropy, the second law of thermodynamics, makes life increasingly more complicated. Understanding entroy will supercharge how and where you apply your energy.

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

Learn to Love Assertive Leadership in Group Decision-Making
It’s okay to pick the less democratic decision-making style if you balance efficiency with sensitivity
Things I have learned about Tech Leadership
I have now been a Software Engineering Team Lead on the BBC Sounds mobile apps team for 4 years. So what have I learned from this…
Luck and Leadership
What factors play a role in leaders that are lucky?
A Technology Leader’s Non-Technical Reading List
My personal favorite reading materials that have helped me think about leadership, management, people and technology.

Culture, People & Teams

Elevate your Recruitment Approach: 10Pines’ Hiring Strategy - Blog
We are soon launching our newest course on our Academy. This course will be all about how self-managing organizations tackle their recruitment challenges…
How Netflix builds a culture of excellence | Elizabeth Stone (CTO)
Elizabeth Stone is the chief technology officer of Netflix. She previously served as vice president of product data science and engineering, and as vice pres…
Conway’s Law in Team Topolgies: Did you really get it?
According to Wikipedia, this is what Melvin Conway wrote in around 1967:
Managing Individuals with a Perceived Victim Mentality in the Workplace
Insights and Strategies for Managers

Technology, Operations & Delivery

Tracking Engineering Time - Jacob Kaplan-Moss
How do you understand what engineers are doing with that time? How do you know if they’re working on the “right” things? Here’s how I suggest answering those questions.
The Checklist for Deploying a Scary Change
Embarking on data migrations and rolling out large-scale changes can sometimes feel like journeying into uncharted territories. These changes can pose a significant risk of destabilizing our production environment, particularly for mission-critical services.
Stick to boring architecture for as long as possible.
Don’t get lost in the tech; keep your sight fixed on the value created.
A leading ML educator on what you need to know about LLMs - Stack Overflow

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

How can I stop overthinking everything? A clinical psychologist offers solutions
A stressed out and tired brain will be more likely to overthink. Deep thinkers, people who are prone to anxiety or low mood, and those who are feel emotions deeply are also more likely to overthink.
How To Be A Good Listener
The secrets that will make you much better at listening to a degree that your relationships are significantly more successful, peaceful, gratifying, intimate, and trusting, have to do with what you…
Psychological Safety and Accountability: Three Insights From NLI’s Conversation With Amy Edmondson
Psychological safety and accountability are often thought to be in conflict, but in reality, they’re both essential components of high-performing teams.
Overwhelmed? Just Say ‘No.’
The science of how to stop saying yes to everything—and be happier

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