The official website for CTO Craft Con 3.0 is live! We've been hard at work pulling together an amazing line up featuring the best minds in the business who'll be chatting with us about Hiring, Learning and Development, Strategy and Alignment and Burnout and Stress. It's going to be our best conference so far, and we absolutely can't wait. You can see the launch trailer right below.
Confirmed speakers for the conference include:
- Andrew Odewahn - CTO, O'Reilly Media
- Erica Lockheimer - VP of Engineering, LinkedIn Talent
- Juan Pablo Buriticá - Technical Leadership Consultant & Coach, former Head of Engineering at Stripe
- Kellan Elliott-McCrea - VP of Engineering, Dropbox
- Pooja Brown - SVP, Head of Engineering, Stitch Fix
- Shannon Hogue - Global Head of Solutions Engineering, Karat
- Simon Wardley - Strategy Consultant, Creator of Wardley Maps
- ...and dozens more to be announced soon
Early bird tickets finish on October 10th, and remember you can access the member's price by using the promo code frl2rostuchoz7yot61c when checking out.
On with the content! See you next week
Andy @ CTO Craft
See what's on the agenda for CTO Craft Con in November
Join us for the third CTO Craft Conference to share stories, case studies and best practices on four key topics: Hiring, Learning & Development, Strategy, plus Burnout & Stress in engineering teams and leaders. For CTOs, by CTOs.
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Adrien will share his own learnings and answer questions surrounding the workforce planning challenges that might exist through various stages of a start-up / scale-up.
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Culture & People
As a leader, nothing you do will ensure long-term success like finding and developing emerging leadership talent. Effective leaders are like gold-miners, always looking for the next “rising star” on the team.
One on ones with your direct reports are one of the most important meetings you’ll have as a leader. If you’re still not convinced, read this. But it’s not enough just to have them.
Andy says: "What a brilliant resource - if you don't have a candidate referral plan for employees, you're missing a big opportunity. Be aware that only hiring through referrals can impact the diversity of your group, though"
Whether you're just starting out as a developer or you've got years under your belt, learning a new codebase is a defining experience. Onboarding shapes not only your enjoyment of that project but can influence what sort of work you go on to do next.
Build a system of openness and accountability on a remote team to detect performance problems before they escalate. Create a culture of radical candor and honest feedback so team members know where they stand.
Leadership & Self-management
Once a startup grabs that multi-million investment, the CTO’s role flips 180°. As the expanded management tightens deadlines and requirements, developing a well-functioning product gets overshadowed by an avalanche of responsibilities.
Organizations regularly struggle to bridge the gap between strategy and execution. At a certain point, it’s genuinely shocking. How can we be ok with disappointment time and time again and not want to take action to fix it?
I’ll start out by talking about a “backwards” approach to learning that I think a lot of you will recognize (do projects first without fully understanding what you’re doing, fill in missing knowledge after), and then talk about I try to teach in a way that works better with that mode of learning.
Vulnerability is the new or not so new buzzword, that’s making everyone wear their emotions on their sleeves and not be afraid to let their pride down. But why is it so important for leaders to be vulnerable?
Agile, Engineering & Product
You can also listen to a podcast version of this post here. Does refinement in your team feel like a slog? Do developers go there with lead in their shoes? Many Scrum Teams struggle with refinement, and understandably so. Yet, in many ways, this is where some of the most important work happens.
OWASP celebrated its 20th anniversary last week with a 24-hour webinar that saw the organization officially launch the top 10 web security vulnerabilities for 2021.
Ask an executive “do you think we should optimize for keeping people busy?” There’s a good chance that you’ll hear something like:
"We shouldn't try to keep people busy. We should optimize for doing the highest leverage work possible!"
OK. Do high leverage work. Sounds reasonable.
As a software engineer, what is your job? and what is your value? Meanwhile, the value to the business depends on value to the customers, or to people or software who in turn provide value to customers.
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