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(Almost) Everything you wanted to know about being a CTO

(Almost) Everything you wanted to know about being a CTO

So what it's really like up there at the CTO summit? What fundamental changes occur when you move from the technical, to the managerial? What issues cross the desk of a CTO on any typical day? Maybe you're ambitious for a CTO role but...

Professional Growth : Why It Pays To Be Intentional

What is Professional Growth? The definition of professional growth will be different things for different people but it certainly means more than certificates on the wall. Performance Expert Bill Eckstrom “it’s the development or better...

Tech Leaders and the tussle of Hard Skills vs Soft Skills

Tech Leaders and the tussle of Hard Skills vs Soft Skills

With perhaps the odd and memorable exception, most of the people who land at CTO Academy get the difference between hard skills and soft skills. The career development challenge is that they have bags of the former, but can struggle with...

Operational Planning vs Strategic Planning: Who does what?

Operational Planning vs Strategic Planning: Who does what?

A common question we encounter here at CTO Academy ...   ‘What are the duties and responsibilities of a tech leader or manager?’ With many companies, particularly some of the early stage companies we work with, roles and responsibilities...

No-one ever told me …. It’s lonely at the top

No-one ever told me …. It’s lonely at the top

Do you think leadership training prepares you for everything the role demands? What is your perception of a  business leader and entrepreneur? Confident. Knowledgeable. Charismatic. Good orator. Natural Leaders. Ready Made. Few may be...

The various types of funding for startups

The various types of funding for startups

Working in an early stage, fast moving start up is often a roller coaster experience. More importantly if you are at the forefront  and the issue of funding for startups takes . Rarely dull, sometimes chaotic, often fun but always a steep...

How to avoid burnout in your tech team (and in you)

How to avoid burnout in your tech team (and in you)

Management of people is probably the number one priority for any tech leader. Finding good people, providing the individual with sufficient autonomy to flourish and of course, aiming to build a team that is significantly greater than the...

What a CTO needs from their scrum master …

What a CTO needs from their scrum master …

In my technology career, the movement from Waterfall (which IMHO should never have been adopted and is in the original paper as not being suitable for most software development) to Agile development of either Kanban or Scrum are the main...

The CTO CIO Difference: An in-depth look

The CTO CIO Difference: An in-depth look

Since launching CTO Academy, we've received the occasional enquiry from a CIO saying, "hey, what about us .... we want equal rights"or, words to that effect. So we thought it a useful moment,  particularly as we have a growing number of...

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