9 min read

🍤 Prioritisation vs Strategy, Business Language, Culture as a Product, Incident Management, DevSecOps, Workplace Mental Health: TMW #376

Last chance to pick up conference tickets! And much more
Thanks to Polly for sponsoring this issue of Tech Manager Weekly - an engagement and empowerment platform for hybrid teams.

Hello again, it's Monday! 🌞

The number of tickets available for CTO Craft Con is now in single digits - you have been warned, they will all be gone in the next couple of days... If you'd like to join us in London for two days of keynotes, roundtables, coaching sessions, socialising and an amazing party, this is your very last chance. Don't miss out!

This week sees the return of our Mixer events in Dublin and Amsterdam, and there are more on the way in Gothenburg, Manchester and Berlin in May. If an informal networking session with other CTOs and leaders over drinks and nibbles in your city sounds good, do come along. We're always looking for hosts in other cities, so if this is something you'd like to see wherever you're based, drop us a line!

That's it, on with the links - see you next time!

Andy @ CTO Craft

Strategies for scaling rapidly growing tech teams in a challenging economy | CTO Craft
Read about strategies you can employ to dodge budgetary traps during hiring and expand your teams appropriately to stay a step ahead.
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 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
Coming Soon | CTO Craft Con: Berlin 2024
CTO Craft Con: Berlin 24th – 25th September 2024 | Berlin Crafting the Future of Technology Leadership CALL FOR SPEAKERS PRE-REGISTER BECOME A PARTNER Hot off the success of CTO Craft Con: London, we’re thrilled to unveil our next venture… CTO Craft Con: Berlin! After the triumphant debut of our CTO Craft Mixers in the heart of Germany’s capital, we’re excited to bring the complete CTO Craft Con experience to Berlin. Join us as we gather CTOs and emerging tech leaders from startups, scaleups, soonicorns, unicorns, big tech, and beyond to address the most pressing challenges of our industry in a secure, collaborative, and inclusive peer-to-peer setting. We will have more information to share very soon, pre-register today to be among the first notified when tickets become available. Pre-Register Confirmed Speakers Include: Deepak Kumur CTO Seven.One Entertainment Group Hizam Sahibudeen CTO Chipmunk André Neubauer CTO Trusted Shops Vira Tkachenko CTO MacPaw Olga Khorkova Head of IT Horizon Studios David Gebhardt CTO mobile.de Füsun Wehrmann CTO InPost Words from our community… Other events from CTO Craft VIEW ALL EVENTS
CTO Craft Mixer: Dublin 2024
Join our community of CTOs and senior tech leaders for an informal meet-up in Dublin
CTO Craft Mixer: Amsterdam 2024
Join our community of CTOs and senior tech leaders for an informal meet-up in Amsterdam

Reads of the Week

Changing Hiring Practices to Build a More Diverse Technology Organization
A Case Study from Avvo
The Prioritization Problem - Crisp’s Blog
It was tense. A long list had been shared. Big features to build, new markets to launch. You could feel the built-up tension in the room. In the past, there had been a lot of friction.

From our Sponsors


[From Polly] Who wants to waste time in meetings?

Your stand-ups probably waste more time than you think but they don't have to. Learn how to make stand-ups better and get your team's productive time back.

Get Help from Polly

A huge thanks to all our sponsors and partners, who make Tech Manager Weekly and the CTO Craft community possible:

AWS, Albany Partners, Code Climate, Coherence, HeadChannel, Google Cloud, Jellyfish, Polly, Skiller Whale, Softwire, Sema, Unblocked, Uplevel, Vention, YLD, 101 Ways

Leadership, Strategy & Business

You’re always carrying a cannon - phildini.dev
This post is a rough recreation of a post from someone else that I saw years ago and now can’t find. If this rings a bell and you know the original,
Language of Business
Everyone speaks finance
How to Drive Change Beyond Your Role
What can you do when you’re not in a leadership role but want to push for a change in your team? What aspects are helpful in this situation, and what can managers do to encourage taking initiatives?
Do We Really Need Managers? | David Burkus
Do we really need managers? More than you might think.

Culture, People & Teams

The Five Conditions for (Organizational) Improvement | Another Rodeo
Understanding why organizations get stuck and won't change
Addressing the challenges of partially distributed engineering teams
Ciao Mondo! (Hello world! in Italian) I hope that everyone’s spring is going well. The book continues to do better than I expected, and I appreciate all of you who have purchased a copy. If you’ve read the book, it would be fantastic if you could leave a review to help get the word out. If you liked the book, tell your friends!
Build Your Culture Like a Product — Lessons from Asana’s Head of People
Anna Binder, Asana’s Head of People and the company’s first HR hire, shares her step-by-step approach to intentionally building the company culture.
The Key to Combat Quiet Quitting
A new take on what’s behind this workplace trend and how managers can resolve it

Technology, Operations & Delivery

Garden-path incidents
Barb’s story It’s 12 noon on a Minneapolis Wednesday, which means Barb can be found at Quang. As the waiter sets down Barb’s usual order (#307, the Bun Chay, extra spicy), Barb&#8…
Lessons after a half-billion GPT tokens - Ken Kantzer’s Blog
My startup Truss (gettruss.io) released a few LLM-heavy features in the last six months, and the narrative around LLMs that I read on Hacker News is now starting to diverge from my reality, so I thought I’d share some of the more “surprising” lessons after churning through just north of 500 million tokens, by my […]
Application Security Optimised for Engineering Productivity
Laura Bell Main presented a webinar on 2024 trends in application security. She called out a shift from siloed DevSecOps initiatives to building an understanding of dev friction, and presenting solutions which optimise engineering productivity. Nikki Robinson also recently spoke about the importance of taking a developer experience targeted approach to security platform engineering.
AI Product Management | Silicon Valley Product Group
A partnership dedicated to teaching best practices to product teams and product leaders

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

2024 Workforce State of Mind
Sixth Annual Workplace Mental Health Trends Report
5 Networking Tips for Introverts (and Anyone Else)
Even if you’re an introvert who dreads the notion of networking, you can develop your skills to get out there and do it. Research by the Lehigh@NasdaqCenter, a partnership between Lehigh University and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, identified make-or-break factors for developing networking skills. They include: the ability to adapt your thinking swiftly in response to changing situations; combating a tendency to focus more on avoiding errors and negative results and instead striving for positive outcomes; consciously trying to have faith in your networking prowess; being persistent; and focusing more on the future.
Start Where You Are
Or why you should embrace where you are since you can’t be anywhere else
5 Strategies for Improving Mental Health at Work
Companies are investing in — and talking about — mental health more often these days. But employees aren’t reporting a corresponding rise in well-being. Why? The author, who wrote a book on mental health and work last year, explores several key ways organizations haven’t gone far enough in implementing a culture of well-being. She also makes five key suggestions on what they can do to improve the mental health of their employees.

That’s it!

If you’d like to be considered for the free CTO Craft Community, fill in your details here, and we’ll be in touch!


Please do remember to share this link if you know of anyone who’d like to receive TMW:


Have an amazing week!