How Not To Get Fired As A CTO

Over the past month or so, I’ve consulted several CEOs who have had trouble with their tech executives. Some are now with or searching for their third or fourth CTO/VP of Engineering. More often than not, these mismatches are not the fault of just one of the parties: both sides need to be better vetting […]

Growing Engineering: Resiliency Trumps Experience

As R&D groups grow, it becomes harder to maintain a high-quality bar and a fast pace of delivery. We tend to blame pure growth (too many people have to coordinate) or the inability to keep hiring strong people at the required rate. While those factors are true, having worked with companies globally, I see that […]

Communication, Gesticulation, Articulation

I’ve mentioned in the past that I have my clients go through a self-assessment of eight different traits. As it seems to be of interest, I will share a bit about another of those traits: communication. What’s Communication? My definition of communication in this context is: the effectiveness and clarity with which you are able […]

Noticing Change

Human nature is amazing when it comes to adjusting. We get used quite rapidly to changes and forget how we initially felt about things. Now, six months into the pandemic mode for most of the western world, I’m already talking to clients who had forgotten how they were thinking and acting when this thing started. […]

It’s Not Your Team, It’s You

When you learn a language, you think of words in it differently than how you think about words in your native tongue. I like the word “deflect.” I don’t know why, but it just has a nice ring to it. I like it so much that I worked on a (shuttered) developer-tool SaaS by that […]