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Creative Developers, Ownership, Evaluating Leaders, Unhealthy Environments, Software End of Life, Macro Architectures: TMW #373

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Can data explain the creativity of developers? | CTO Craft
Written by Christina Forney, VP Product at Uplevel As someone whos been an engineer, managed engineering teams, guided them as a product manager, and advocated for them as VP of Product for several dev tools, I can confidently say that the most innovative and impactful developers are a lot like artists. Why does this matter? [因

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Reads of the Week

Its Not About The Great Idea
Process over Projects
Creating a Culture of Ownership: Breaking Free from Hierarchy - Blog
The buzzword ownership has been circulating in education and business circles for the past decade. Apparently, we want more of it, but what does it

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

The IKEA Effect and How I Screwed Up!
Learn about the IKEA Effects role in organizational change from my firsthand account of its misapplication. I also share lessons on communication, co-creation, and the power of early involvement for successful change initiatives.
How To Represent Decisions You Disagree With
How to stand in front of your team representing a decision you didnt agree with? How to keep your integrity and support the team going through the change? What approaches are useful and whats better avoided in turbulent times?
Advice That I Cant Get Out of My Head
If you want to spend years in high growth environments, and reap the benefits that that growth entails, its essential to make sure that you are learning at least as quickly as your role is growing if you want to keep your job. You can get a coach, find mentors, take classes, read, listen to podcasts, or pursue any number of other different ways to learn the right learning strategy is the one that youll actually follow through on. The path that Ive invested in the most was reading, particularly reading as much as I could about business and scaling high growth tech companies.
How do we evaluate people for their technical leadership?
In February some years ago, my then-manager surprised me with a damning performance review. He had just returned from parental leave, having departed in September. Before he left, he had proposed a

Culture, People & Teams

Building engineering
How Im thinking about building an engineering culture.
Performance management: the rising tide
Why are we doing this anyway?
Creating Discomfort Zones
So many modern leaders have gotten things all wrong. They have turned the teams well-being into their primary objective, confusing comfort for success. However, the purpose of all modern perks i
10 Ways We Create Unhealthy Team Environments - Ron Edmondson
No one intentionally sets out to create unhealthy team environments, but there are things which injure the health of a team.

Technology, Operations & Delivery

Software End of Life Part 1: The Journey to Closing Down a Legacy Product
Managing a legacy software product closure, navigating challenges and strategies to retire outdated software systems.
How to Get Tech-Debt on the Roadmap
Only doing product-led work can lead to an unmaintainable system with lots of downtime. Unfortunately, getting time to work on the things that would prevent that can be challenging. Engineering roadmaps balance many competing demands, and the people making the decisions arent always the closest to the code. There is a need to learn how to speak their language.
Clinical troubleshooting: diagnose any production issue, fast.
Over the years, Ive developed a reliable method for harnessing the diagnostic power of groups. My approach is derived from a different field in which groups of experts with various levels of
Why you need a macro architecture and what did I put in it?
What is a macro architecture and what is important?

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

The Art of Story Design: Understanding Story Structures
Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Melinda. Melinda was a very shy girl and if there was one thing she thoroughly disliked it was telling stories to other people. Now Melindas school though had this activity every Monday morning, where all the kids would sit
Ten Principles to Keep Our Anger in Check | The Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog
Leadership Now is a leading source for leadership development and analysis. We believe that anyone can make a difference by leading from where they are.
How Do I Get Results Without Feeling Burned Out?
A driven leader must learn how to prioritize his workload to achieve more balance.
Pomodoro Technique: The Secret to Laser-Sharp Focus
The Pomodoro Technique might be just what you need. This simple time management method can help you boost your productivity and achieve laser-sharp focus.

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