Newsletter #108 : Remote is Coming Home

July 26, 2021
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Remote is Coming Home
It’s a delayed newsletter this week, coming to you on a Saturday because … well, to be honest, it’s been one of THOSE weeks. You know the type I mean.Too much work, not enough time, overload of questions, product releases, team disruption and both England (land of my birth) and Spain (land of my home) making progress in Euro 2020.Distractions aplenty but this weeks newsletter focuses on the future of remote, as we try to foresee what the new norm is going to look like. We have always been remote first but with a growing team the demands for physical space is growing.I suspect we’re moving towards a hybrid model because if people have enjoyed the benefits of “pandemic” working from home, they’re going to love the benefits of “normal” working from home. As Bianca notes in her weekly video, people just won’t accept the reimposition of working expectations from a previous era.Finally but importantly … as many of you are at the cutting edge of tech that’s improving our daily lives, let’s all be part of the wider solution to a better world by celebrating Plastic Free July and limiting our use of plastic this month and forever.

 Burnout and Remote Working…
 Dr. Michael Drayton is a clinical psychologist, executive coach and organisational consultant. He coaches on the Executive MBA and Oxford High Performance Leadership Programme at Said Business School, University of Oxford. This week we feature his insightful article: Burnout and Remote WorkingWorking from home has now become a regular part of many people’s working life. Following the COVID-19 crisis, many businesses rapidly moved to remote working. Most adapted well to the radically changed business environment. Changes that ordinarily would have taken months to implement happened within weeks. But what of those working from home? Most people didn’t have time to prepare for this massive change to their work and home life. Suddenly, they had to organise and motivate themselves. They had to find somewhere quiet to work, which involved negotiating with their families or others who shared their living space. Remote working was even more stressful for leaders and managers, who had to adapt quickly to leading and managing a remote-working team. It’s hard to adapt to novel ways of working, think strategically and motivate people when you are feeling overwhelmed yourself and the main communication tool you have is Zoom“. It’s a must read for anyone managing and leading teams into the future of work.
You can read the full article here.
  NEWS & VIEWS  Articles That Caught Our Eye This WeekThe psychology behind why some leaders are resisting a hybrid work model … Google recently backtracked from its plan to make all employees return to the office and allowed many to work remotely. Apple’s plan to force its staff back to the office has caused many to leave the company and led to substantial internal opposition. Gleb Tsipursky suggests that these and so many other leaders of major companies compelling employees to return to the office? They must know about the extensive, in-depth surveys from early spring 2021 that asked thousands of employees about their preferences on returning to the office after the pandemic. All of the surveys revealed strong preferences for working from home post-pandemic at least half the time for over three-quarters of all respondents. A quarter to a third of all respondents desired full-time remote work permanently. Between 40% and 55% of respondents said they’d quit without permanent remote options for at least half the workweek; of these, many would leave if not permitted fully remote work. Minority employees expressed an especially strong preference for remote work to escape in-office discrimination.However, many employers intend to force their employees who can easily work remotely back to the office for much or all of the workweek.Read The psychology behind why some leaders are resisting a hybrid work model___________________________________________________________________________Overcoming One-Size-Fits-All Budgeting: Fitting Your Budgeting Approach to the Agility of Your Business … Agile transformations can easily be disrupted by a traditional non-Agile budgeting approach that contradicts the flexibility, adaptability, responsiveness, and nimbleness required by Agility.Jutta Eckstein proposes while your product development organization is making progress learning and applying Agile ways of working and slowly developing a mindset of Agility, the mindset and actual handling of financials remains the same: Budgets are still based on the paradigm of predictability and, therefore, conflict with the capability of embracing change and enabling plans to be adapted as you learn.A journey toward Agility is usually triggered by a business environment that demands fast adaptability. Due to the growing complexity and resulting unpredictability in the business, companies try to find a different approach to stay profitable sustainably. Agile ways of working are promising to achieve this.Read the Overcoming One-Size-Fits-All Budgeting: Fitting Your Budgeting Approach to the Agility of Your Business___________________________________________________________________________When A Leader Is Causing Conflict, Start by Asking Why … Ron Carucci co-founder of Navalent says “Not long ago, I received a call from an HR manager at a large corporation seeking an executive coach for one of their senior leaders. He was described as arrogant, tactlessly blunt, and lacking empathy.Despite his challenges, all of which hadn’t improved much despite several previous coaching interventions, the company hadn’t fired him because he was considered one of the industry’s most brilliant engineers, responsible for several of the firm’s most profitable patents. The company simply couldn’t afford to let him go”How do you coach a leader whom others think is a hopeless case? Sometimes you can’t.The person may well turn out to be a jerk who won’t change their toxic ways. In that case, the company needs to fire the individual. Tolerating destructive behaviour will send the signal that it’s ok to mistreat others as long as you get results.But, often, as was the case with his client, the leader who everyone thinks is hopeless is simply being misunderstood and their behaviour misdiagnosed.Read When A Leader Is Causing Conflict, Start by Asking Why.
___________________________________________________________________________Design Patterns for Microservices … According to Jalitha Dewapura the three different design patterns used for microservices are Aggregator pattern, Circuit breaker pattern and Proxy pattern. Aggregator PatternMicroservices is designing the application as a collection of independent services. These services may not represent a particular functionality of the application. So, the aggregator pattern invokes several microservices to achieve its functionality. In other words, the aggregator pattern is used to develop aggregator services on top of the services.Let’s take an example to understand it properly. Assume we have to design an employee management system. So, the project architecture will end up with a few different services and here he considers four of them.— Get employee information
— Get attendance information
— Get performance information
— Get project allocation informationRead Design Patterns for Microservices
___________________________________________________________________________Architectural Considerations for Creating Cloud Native Applications … Subash Natarajan states Cloud native software development utilizes a cloud operating model to build and run scalable applications in a modern distributed environment. Most of the cloud native technologies used to design and create applications are constantly evolving. That’s why in this article, we’re going to focus on giving a bird’s eye view of the critical aspects to consider before creating cloud native applications.Each application has its own resource requirements, intrinsic characteristics, and dependencies; therefore, all these peculiarities must be considered when optimizing the application for cloud native. Designing a cloud native app from scratch is actually pretty straightforward; the problem is building a new app from scratch is rarely the case.We are still in a transition process where thousands of monolithic applications are being looked at for conversions to modern application platforms.Regardless of which cloud migration strategy we adopt, one thing is certain; the application transformation process will be challenging.The application capabilities and its code have to be sliced into multiple logical units that give way to microservices architecture and its patterns.Read Architectural Considerations for Creating Cloud Native Applications

BOOK OF THE WEEK  Principles: Life And Work… Many of you will be aware of Ray Dalio. If not, here is our recommendation for getting up to speed.Dalio founded an investment firm, Bridgewater Associates, out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York City in 1975.Decades later, Bridgewater has made more money for its clients than any other hedge fund in history and grown into the fifth most important private company in the United States, according to Fortune magazine.Principles: Life and Work explore Dalio’s unique principles that have led to Bridgewater’s exceptionally effective culture, which he describes as “an idea meritocracy that strives to achieve meaningful work and meaningful relationships through radical transparency.” It is these principles, and not anything special about Dalio—who grew up an ordinary kid in a middle-class Long Island neighbourhood—that he believes are the reason behind his success.“A masterpiece. So much wisdom in this book. The author has a great way of thinking, exceptional tips, and last but not least, remarkable philosophy. The structure of the book has a good flow.  The author shared his reflections on various ideas and situations in both personal and professional spheres. The author is fully aware of his legacy and his contributions to humanity. With this, he was able to provide advice of applying multiple disciplines (biology, psychology, sociology) throughout the evolution of building Bridgewater and life after Bridgewater”.

 VIDEO OF THE WEEK We love a bit of Simon Sinek…
Here he talks about how to Generate NEW Business Ideas
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CTO JOBS UK Company Is Looking For A CTOOne of our contacts reached out last week in his search for a new CTO and asked if anyone might be interested within our community.So here it is … go direct for more information;From Phil Parker, CEO at Theodo UKI’m looking for a CTO to join our team at Theodo UK?You don’t need to have had a CTO title before, I welcome applications from people who feel they aren’t in the mould of a traditional CTO, but you do need to:– Understand consultancy and how we can help organisations achieve value and positive change
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