Fifteen Great CTO Leadership Hacks
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Fifteen Great CTO Leadership Hacks

All the skills you need to become an outstanding CTO
4.4 (209 ratings)
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1,279 students enrolled
Created by Mark Farragher
Last updated 9/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 7 articles
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to onboard yourself into new organizations
  • Check if you've implemented Agile correctly
  • Identify stakeholders and power-holders
  • Learn how your team creates value
  • Create a robust build process
  • Perform a rigorous fire drill to test your team
  • Conduct a risk-assessment to identify pending failures
  • Analyze the sprint backlog for common mistakes
  • ... and much more!
  • You should have a desire to become a better and more effective CTO
  • You should be an intermediate or advanced tech professional
  • No prior knowledge of leadership is required, but having an open mind is a plus
  • That's all!

Not so long ago I worked for a technical company in the USA. I had loads of fun and I learned a lot about how American companies do business. But it wasn't an easy job.

My predecessor had implemented everything in Salesforce with layer upon layer of customizations. The entire IT system was complicated, disorganized, and extremely unstable. The system would fail almost daily, and years of this had turned the entire organization against the IT department.

I arrived in a hostile environment and had to defend myself daily from contemptuous and condescending stakeholders. It made my work very difficult.

This course is what I wish I had back then to fully prepare me for the job. 

In this course, I will share 15 great leadership hacks with you to make you succeed as CTO.

I will start by helping you get into the right mindset for the role. You will learn how to on-board yourself, how to connect with your team, and how to show up for work asking the right questions.

Then I'll teach you how to gain situational awareness. You will learn how to identify your stakeholders and find out what they expect. We will also look at how your team creates value, and what the stakeholders expect from you and your team This will help you become aware of the political environment you've landed in.

Finally, I'll help you sort out your agile process. I will show you an idealized agile development cycle that you can compare with your reality. This will help you find and address weaknesses quickly and get your team to a higher level.

By the end of the course, you'll be well on your way to become an outstanding CTO.

Who this course is for:
  • Intermediate and advanced tech professionals who want to become a great CTO
  • New CTOs interested in growing their skills and improving their awareness
  • Entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses and create a high-functioning organization
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 02:04:58
+ Introduction
1 lecture 06:04

Welcome to the course. In this lecture, I will explain how the course is structured and what you can expect in the upcoming lectures.

Preview 06:04
+ Get Off To A Great Start
7 lectures 36:38

In this section, I will help you get your new CTO role off to a great start.

Section Intro

Being a CTO is a difficult job, and the side of the road is littered with the faded business cards of your predecessors who didn't make it. I will share 3 statistics with you that will help you remain humble.

Preview 04:14

In this lecture, you will learn how to take control of your onboarding and onboard yourself. 

Hack 2: Onboard Yourself

In this lecture, you're going to take some time to get to know your team. Pay close attention to your team member roles. Which roles are missing, and what does that tell you about your organization?

Hack 3: Get To Know Your Team

In this lecture, you will decide which agile method you are going to use in your organization. Will you roll out XP, SCRUM, or Kanban? Be mindful of the pro's and con's of each method.

Hack 4: Pick Your Agile Method

In this lecture, you are going to check if anything is on fire in your organization. Deal with any risks that have a high likelihood and high impact immediately.

Hack 5: Is Anything On Fire?

Congratulations on finishing this section. Here's what you have learned so far. 

Section Recap

Test your knowledge of getting off to a good start with this short quiz.

Starter Quiz
5 questions
+ Gain Situational Awareness
7 lectures 30:43

In this section, I'll help you gain situational awareness in your new organization. 

Section Intro

In this lecture, you're going to discover who your stakeholders and powerholders are. Who can make a difference in your ability to deliver results? Who holds power over you?

Hack 6: Who Are Your Stakeholders?

In this lecture, you will learn what matters to your stakeholders and powerholders. How are they judging your performance and the performance of your team? What is important to them?

Hack 7: What Matters To Your Stakeholders?

In this lecture, you will learn how your team creates value. And the answer may not be as simple as getting your deliverables in the hands of customers. 

Hack 8: How Does Your Team Create Value?

In this lecture, you will find out what your team has to prove, and by when. How are your stakeholders and powerholders watching you and your team, and what do they expect in the near-, medium- and long term?

Hack 9: What Does Your Team Have To Prove?

In this lecture, you will learn what you have to prove. How are your stakeholders and powerholders watching you, and what do they expect from you in the near-, medium-, and long term?

Hack 10: What Do You Have To Prove?

Congratulations on completing this section. Here's a summary of what you have learned so far. 

Section Recap

Test your knowledge of situational awareness with this short quiz.

Situational Awareness Quiz
5 questions
+ Build A Well-Oiled Machine
7 lectures 38:12

In this section, I'll help you turn your team and your agile process into a well-oiled machine.

Section Intro

In this lecture, you will do a due diligence on the backlog of your projects and products. 

Hack 11: Check Out The Backlog

In this lecture, you're going to join the development team and sit in on one of their sprints. Check if they are implementing Agile correctly, and verify that the team is holding planning, daily scrum, review, and retrospective meetings.

Hack 12: Sprint With The Team

In this lecture, you're going to optimize the build process in your organization. Make sure you have development, integration, staging, and production stages in your build pipeline. 

Hack 13: Review The Build Process

In this lecture, you're going to confront your team with several hypothetical disasters and see how they respond. Are they able to restore data the way you ask? And how long do they need to get the job done? 

Hack 14: Hold A Fire Drill

In this lecture, you will test your quality assurance department. Do you have one? Are they embedded in the development team? Do they have a collaborative or adversarial relation with the dev team? 

Hack 15: Test The QA Department
Section Recap

Test your knowledge of building a well-oiled machine with this short quiz.

Well-Oiled Machine Quiz
5 questions
+ In Conclusion
3 lectures 13:19

Congratulations on completing the course! Here's a summary of everything you have learned. 

Course Recap

Here you can download the slides I used for the individual lectures of this course. 

Lecture Slides

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