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🏋 Spontaneously Combustible People, Design Thinking, Influence, Delegating, Tech Debt, Documentation: TMW #385

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Reads of the Week

Generative AI Is Not Going To Build Your Engineering Team For You - Stack Overflow
Design Thinking Explained | Management 3.0
What is Design Thinking and how does it work? The Design Thinking Process explained. Plus Management 3.0 practices can enhance the process.

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Leadership, Strategy & Business

How to Influence Without Authority with Irina Stanescu (Eng Leader & Coach; ex-Google, ex-Uber)
Chat with Irina Stanescu (Founder, The Caring Techie)
This Is How To Be A Great Manager: 4 Powerful Secrets From Research - Barking Up The Wrong Tree
Gallup did the most extensive study of what makes a successful manager. And what they learned will definitely surprise you…
You need to understand the business to design a good engineering strategy
Engineering Strategy driven by Business
Learning to Delegate as a First-Time Manager
Learning how to delegate well is a skill every first-time manager needs to learn from the very start. Many people are promoted into management for doing their previous job well. But once you’re promoted into a leadership role, you must accept that you can’t do everything on your own — nor should you. Though it may seem counterintuitive, the more senior you become in an organization, the less you’ll be involved in doing the day-to-day work. You’ll need to have a sense of what’s happening without directly contributing to every project. To do that, you first have to change your mindset from “doing” to “managing,” even though it might feel uncomfortable. If you resist this change, you’ll likely end up overwhelmed and (unintentionally) holding onto opportunities that could be given to your team.

Culture, People & Teams

Why You Should Only Recruit Spontaneously Combustible People - Blog
The late Kazuo Inamori , the charismatic founder of two major Japanese companies, Kyocera and KDDI, won worldwide fame for his unorthodox management…
A framework for thinking about team memory, joining up and serendipity in hybrid organisations
Last week, I gave a keynote talk at Agile Manchester, based on a previous blog post. The talk was more detailed and had a new framing; this post summarises what I shared.
In-person meetings are more inclusive, and I’ve got the receipts
Don’t Try To Step-Function Everyone All At Once
Don’t be a jack of all growth plans, master of none.

Technology, Operations & Delivery

Business Blind Spots: How product pressure breeds Technical Debt and how to deal with it
Technical debt is the worst name for something the whole company is responsible for and is mainly caused by non-technical people in the…
The Documentation Tradeoff
A little, sure, but be careful about more
Great software teams don’t release in phases
The dangers of ’Phase 1’s, MVPs and PoCs
The Meta-Retrospective - DZone
The Meta-Retrospective fosters collaboration and creates a shared understanding of the big picture between teams and stakeholders.

Stress, Wellbeing & Growth

Trust, Care, and Love — Gosei
Facilitating the five group dynamic patterns will gradually develop a culture of Trust, Care, and Love for the shared mental and physical space.
Cultivating the Self-Confidence to Take Chances on You
Part of deciding to lead is determining whether you care enough to want to create, build, or fix more than you fear criticism or failure.
How to be Direct Without Being Rude - TechTello
When trying to be direct do you often come across as too strong? Are you being called pushy, rude, insensitive or assigned other such labels? You may like to say things as they are because beating around the bush is not your style. But an honest and direct communication that lacks compassion can leave others feeling hurt, angry and annoyed. There’s a fine line between being direct and being inconsiderate. Stepping over the line from directness to rudeness is easy if you don’t pay attention to your communication style.
Sadness: Battling Leadership’s Dark Secret - Leadership Freak
Sadness is leadership’s dark secret. Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill experienced bouts of darkness. It wouldn’t surprise me if you felt it. I’m not talking about depression. I’m talking about the weight of caring more than others. Here are 10 ways to get a grip on sadness.

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