Plans for CTO Craft Con: The People One in December are coming along nicely: we've added some more amazing speakers, including Dr Rebecca Parsons of Thoughtworks, Ezechi Britton of ImpactX Capital, Rija Javed of MarketFinance, Marta Jasinska of Bloom & Wild and Jennifer D Carlston of Pluralsight, with more to be announced this week.
We'll be announcing the agenda over the next few days! If you haven't grabbed your ticket yet, remember to use the code togetherORDERLYgold for a £15 discount on the standard £95 price. Looking forward to seeing you there!
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Join our Virtual Conference on People, Teams and Culture, with speakers from GitHub, Headspace, CircleCI, Doist and more, Dec 1 - 3 - CTO Craft Con: The People One
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Culture & People
Are you new to 1:1 meetings? Or are you already a fan and advocate? Whether you’re new to 1:1 meetings, or are looking to make a case for others to have one on ones, this is the post for you.
Let’s be frank: this may be an intense week. To the extent possible, create space for your employees: that is, give them the time they need to take care of themselves and process the outcome of the election by reducing their workload.
Now, more than ever, the question, “How to build team morale remotely?” is one you may be asking yourself. From your team’s body language on Zoom calls, you can just tell. Folks look work thin. Energy levels are depleted. And if you let yourself admit it, you feel depleted as well.
Perry Reid, a senior coach and trainer, who worked with several others from Industrial Logic to help a telecommunications client, recently told the following story: Even the simplest feature would take this company 6 months or longer to deliver.
Leadership & Self-management
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Jean Hsu of Range. I recently joined Range as their new VP of Engineering. Over the last few weeks, I’ve ended many days full of meetings feeling energized — grateful to work with this incredible group of humans.
When I got my first ever management gig, I overloaded on anything I could find around Agile. Looking back now, this wasn’t because I wanted to understand the difference between Scrum and Kanban but likely because it was the first thing that popped into Google when I started to do my research on how to run effective teams.
It’s true: we have more time for leisure than we did fifty years ago. But leisure has never been less relaxing, mostly because of the disintermediating effects of our screens. Technology saves us time, but it also takes it away. This is known as the autonomy paradox.
So as a hobby project of mine I’m 25k lines into writing a novel. It is based on a future dystopian society on Venus. Who would have guessed it? Someone in tech writing about science fiction. I’m not an avid reader.
Agile, Engineering & Product
One of the recurring themes in this book is that, in order to be Agile, your organization has to buy in to the underlying Agile philosophy. Not just spending money—that’s comparatively easy—but making real, meaningful changes to organizational structures, systems, and behaviors.
At Spotify we try to be as scientific as possible about how we build our products. Teams generate hypotheses that we test by running experiments — normally in the form of an A/B test — to learn what works and what doesn’t. The learnings give us insights and fuel new product ideas.
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