Author: Jason

  • Aligning Tech Strategy with Business Goals – Discussion Panel Summary

    Aligning Tech Strategy with Business Goals – Discussion Panel Summary

    An important part of each module in our Digital MBA for Technology Leaders is a discussion panel where a group of experienced tech leaders dive deep into critical problems of senior technology management. Here, we are bringing you a summary with key points on the subject of Tech Strategy and its alignment with the company’s…

  • Managing Developers: Preventing Over-Reliance and Blackmailing

    Managing Developers: Preventing Over-Reliance and Blackmailing

    When a business becomes over-reliant on one or two key developers and they become aware of it. It leads to a form of ‘developer blackmail’ that makes managing developers extremely difficult.

  • What is the optimum size for a tech team?

    What is the optimum size for a tech team?

    Price’s law (competence is linear, incompetence is exponential) pertains to the relationship between the literature on a subject and the number of authors in the subject area, stating that half of the publications come from the square root of all contributors. If 100 papers are written by 25 authors, five authors will have contributed 50…

  • 10 Steps for CTO`s to Improve Their Critical Thinking Skills

    10 Steps for CTO`s to Improve Their Critical Thinking Skills

    Critical thinking skills are vital in any leadership role, but when you’re leading the technology arm of a business it takes on even greater importance – both for the key decisions you need to make and for the technical people you need to lead. A CTO needs to be able to reason, understand and solve…

  • 7 Steps to Become an Effective CTO

    7 Steps to Become an Effective CTO

    1. Define your vision for your future by setting goals When it comes to setting goals, many people fall victim to the “goal-setting paradox.” This is when a person sets unrealistic or uninspiring goals and then does not follow through with them. It’s important to be careful with what you set your goal as. It…

  • 10 Black Friday (& Cyber Monday) Tips For The CTO

    10 Black Friday (& Cyber Monday) Tips For The CTO

    If you are involved in online retail whether B2C or B2B then there are certain times of the year when your systems are pushed to their limit. A few years ago, I was involved in an e-commerce outfit that had about 10k live SKUs and the main times in the year for promotion where Black…

  • Think Twice, Before Re-Inventing The Tech Wheel

    Think Twice, Before Re-Inventing The Tech Wheel

    Here is a scenario familiar to many us, from engineer to CTO. A shiny new and exciting concept has emerged. Might be a new idea for your startup, an internal application for your company or a new customer offer. What’s the first thought that whizzes across your mind … well, it used to whizz across…

  • How to build trust with an inherited team

    How to build trust with an inherited team

    Moving into a new company or new role with an established team can be a challenge. Amplify that challenge if you’re taking over from a popular predecessor.

  • Early Adopters – Wonderful but Dangerous

    Early Adopters – Wonderful but Dangerous

    With constant pressure around innovation and product development, you’re grateful to the innovators and early adopters who will tolerate more the minimum feature set. But be cautious about what they’re telling you.

  • The Art Of Giving Feedback

    The Art Of Giving Feedback

    Giving constructive feedback to the people you manage is often one of the more uncomfortable tasks you face as a tech leader and yet it’s one of the most important leadership skills to get right.

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