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CTO Insights - Issue #122
Software Engineering and Technical Leadership
Welcome to CTO Insights #122!
The newsletter is based on top Software Engineering and Technical Leadership content from the past week, it is free and made for your weekly reading.
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This week’s favorite - The Executive’s Gude to Improving Happiness in an Engineering Department.
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A high-level overview of how Medium uses Kubernetes to manage microservices and support its infrastructure.
Kubernetes has a ton of complexity, and has an unlimited number of possible configurations based on an organization’s needs.
It seems the engineering team has a lot of pride in how they’ve been able to shape Kubernetes to their own needs.
Thanks to complex algorithms, machine learning models, and cutting-edge technologies, an Indian e-commerce company optimized its pricing system to handle millions of users with very low latency.
You can see a lot of their process in this guide, explaining how it was all made possible.
Reducing the time from idea to product ready for use - this is one of the main goals companies aim to achieve by using ML.
Our goal in building a media-focused ML infrastructure is to reduce the time from ideation to productization for our media ML practitioners.
Here’s a chance to learn something more about ML and how Netflix’s engineering team applies it to media assets. The story includes case studies of their infrastructure components that helped them to optimize, scale, and solidify their existing pipeline.
It may not be your job as a Tech Executive to keep everyone happy, but here’s why you should do it
Happiness leads to numerous business and educational benefits, including a 37% increase in sales, a 31% boost in productivity, and a 19% improvement in task accuracy.
With that said, you’ll find 6 very effective tips on keeping your engineers happy in this article.
Here’s a post that leverages tons of surveys, benchmarks, and tests to reveal what keeps your employees engaged. Even better, it also shares how to improve that engagement.
The benefits are better productivity, greater employee satisfaction, and higher success for everyone in the company.
Building a new business is difficult. So many try and most fail. One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to mainly listen to those who’ve already done something you’re trying to do.
In this case, you’d probably benefit from taking advice from a Tech Executive who’s prepared a clean and simple guide that will minimize your chances of failing when starting a new business.
Learn from Spotify’s insightful experience if you’re looking to build, expand, or clarify the coaching practice in your organization.
This beautiful presentation perfectly explains the essentials of the Agile Coaching Career Framework. Chances are high that you’ll find some type of benefit for your organization hidden inside. 👀
Are you an engineer who takes ownership of your work, knows how to collaborate, and makes informed decisions? Now, you have to be extremely honest about this one!
If you’re not all of these things but you aspire to improve, then this is a must-read story for you. The author explains what it’s like progressing beyond the junior level.
Have you heard of ChatGPT? 😄 I’m kidding, don’t worry. You’d have to live under a rock not to have heard about ChatGPT by now.
Anyway, this is a pretty comprehensive guide on how ChatGPT works. It covers its underlying principles, how it was trained, and its potential for the future.
Training yourself to focus more is hard enough, not to mention helping your entire team improve their focus. So, how do you do this? How do you train a full team of engineers to improve their focus?
A lot of the work lies in what you say and how you say it. But, there’s learning how to reduce interruptions, provide support, and more. This guide will show you all about it.
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