Morning all! Welcome to the week - here's your regular shot of reading material; remember to pass it on to anyone you think might enjoy the read!

The CTO Craft Community continues to explode - the first of our monthly London-based Mentoring Circle sessions happens this afternoon, with CTOs and tech leaders from some amazing startups and organisations joining to discuss topics around Motivation. The next will be in the diary shortly, and is open to all Community members, so if you haven't already signed up, here's the link:



We'll be taking a little break over Christmas and New Year, so the next TMW will be in your box on Wednesday the 3rd of January. From everyone on the team, have a great holiday period, and see you on the flip side!

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Andy at CTO Craft

From the CTO Craft Blog

Culture & Leadership

Agile, Engineering & Product

Retrospective Activities

BYOSM - Build your own Scrum Master (#94)

The team assembles the perfect SM & takes different points of view

Draw a Scrum Master on a flipchart with three sections on him/her: brain, heart, stomach.

  • Round 1: 'What properties does your perfect SM display?' 
    Ask them to silently write down one trait per note. Let participants explain their notes and put them on the drawing.
  • Round 2: 'What does the perfect SM have to know about you as a team so that he/she can work with you well?'
  • Round 3: 'How can you support your SM to do a brilliant job?' You can adapt this activity for other roles, e.g. BYOProductOwner.

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Have an amazing week, and see you after Christmas!

Andy @ CTO Craft