CTO Insights - Issue #124
Software Engineering and Technical Leadership
Welcome to CTO Insights #124!
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 - How to Equip Your Team to Problem Solve Without You.
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The Cost of Architectural Complexity
How easy is it to maintain simple, flexible, and adaptable systems?
Definitely not a walk in the park. This story is an in-depth summary of a research paper on the topic, highlighting only the most important takeaways of each analysis.
From 0 to Millions: A Guide to Scaling Any App
The question any founder asks himself - How to go from being the only user on your app to handling millions of them?
An end-to-end guide that starts with the traditional approach to building and scaling an application, then goes into details about the recent trends like cloud and serverless computing, along with the proliferation of client application frameworks and the associated developer ecosystem.
Takeaways of Building a Business - Critical Low-Latency Microservice at Scale
This post offers exactly what the title shows. If you’re still not convinced how this’ll affect your microservices, here’s the conclusion from the post -
From a business perspective, the introduction of the feature ensured 100% fulfillment of the advertisers’ requirements handled by the FAR microservice.
After a year of continuous running, no delivery anomaly has occurred.
How to Equip Your Team to Problem Solve Without You
Are you an “umbrella manager”? ☂ also known as “a well-intentioned leader who wants to protect your teams from all inclement organizational weather”.
It’s not easy to stop protecting your teams and start supporting them fully. But, it might be essential to ensure their growth. This guide offers enough tips and ways to make this difficult transition.
How to Thrive as a Product Manager
This is a product manager cheat sheet.
First, the author offers a clear definition of what product-led growth is and how it’s different from other types of growth. Next, you’ll see an array of very practical and actionable tips on how to succeed in such a domain. Lastly, he shares a few insights on the future of product-let organizations and product management.
The Responsibilities of a Product Manager vs an Engineering Manager
Having a clear distinction between a Product Manager and an Engineering Manager can ensure a much more collaborative and productive workflow toward a shared goal.
This article thoroughly explains the key differences between these two roles. Both roles are absolutely crucial, and setting up clear job responsibilities in advance can only increase your success.
Market Segmentation for Geo-Testing at Scale
See how a successful travel technology company performs effective market segmentation for geo-testing. Even more exciting, they share how to scale this process for larger customer bases.
You’ll get to see a chart of their geo-testing process, the most common issues that pop up, how they solved those issues, and finally… how to segment a market effectively.
Building Your Executive Network
Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, and even Oprah Winfrey. These are some popular names who’ve all stated publicly that networking can significantly propel you further in business.
This post shares a few practical tips on how to grow and maintain a great executive network that will facilitate your growth in the long run.
Microsoft, Google, and a New Era of Antitrust
The U.S. federal government has brought two major antitrust cases against Microsoft and Google.
Block Microsoft’s acquisition of game developer Activision.
Force Google to divest some of its advertising businesses.
The goal might be to break up big tech companies to promote competition and more innovation in the industry.
You can read the full story and see what conclusion you may come to.
What the Most Productive Companies Do Differently
This article shows a playbook including 4 key elements that some of the most productive companies follow.
“If more firms followed this playbook and brought the U.S. closer to 2.2% growth, it could be worth $10 trillion in cumulative GDP by 2030.”
The authors explain how this playbook looks and how it can help companies be more productive.
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