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If you run an engineering organization, connect with and learn from your peers at CTO Connection - the premier community for senior software engineering leaders. Learn from the experiences of successful engineering leaders at fast-growth tech startups.

Whether you want to learn more about hiring, motivating, or managing an engineering team, the CTO Connection podcast is a great resource for learning from your peers!

Our podcast and weekly newsletter provide you with access to hard-won wisdom from top engineering leaders and associated experts. And join our summit series (online or in-person) to share problems and get answers.

Learn more about CTO Connection and their virtual summits at https://www.ctoconnection.com/

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If you run an engineering organization, connect with and learn from your peers at CTO Connection - the premier community for senior software engineering leaders. Learn from the experiences of successful engineering leaders at fast-growth tech startups.

Whether you want to learn more about hiring, motivating, or managing an engineering team, the CTO Connection podcast is a great resource for learning from your peers!

Our podcast and weekly newsletter provide you with access to hard-won wisdom from top engineering leaders and associated experts. And join our summit series (online or in-person) to share problems and get answers.

Learn more about CTO Connection and their virtual summits at https://www.ctoconnection.com/

    Short Byte: Jeffrey Spector - Why you have to improve your hiring process

    Short Byte: Jeffrey Spector - Why you have to improve your hiring process

    Short Byte: Jeffrey Spector - Why you have to improve your hiring process

    With demand for talent at an all time high, if you want to attract, identify and close the best developers for your team, you simply have to up your hiring game. Join us for this “Short Byte” as I interview Jeff Spector - a cofounder at Karat - a company dedicated to fixing the hiring process for engineers. We’ll discuss how to create a fair, predictive and enjoyable hiring process so that you get great signal from your interviews, create a good impression with the candidates and can improve the inclusivity of your process and the diversity of your team.

    • 28 min
    Short Byte: Camille Fournier - Managing a product focused engineering org

    Short Byte: Camille Fournier - Managing a product focused engineering org

    Short Byte: Camille Fournier - Managing a product focused engineering org

    Camille Fournier is perhaps best known for her amazing book “the managers path” - a guide for tech leaders navigating growth and change. But she also has a degree from Carnegie Mellon, was a VP at Goldman Sachs, and then was the CTO at Rent The Runway before eventually returning to the finance world as Head of Platform Engineering at Two Sigma. Today she discusses her experiences in managing a product focused engineering org.

    • 29 min
    Short Byte: Mai Irie - What to do when your engineering leader leaves

    Short Byte: Mai Irie - What to do when your engineering leader leaves

    Short Byte: Mai Irie - What to do when your engineering leader leaves

    Mai Irie is a director of engineering, but twice in the last two years she’s had to deal with managing the engineering org after her CTO or general equivalent left. In this interview we’ll look at some best practices for taking over an engineering org in times of transition.

    • 25 min
    Short Byte: Lee Edwards - How to pick the right tech startup

    Short Byte: Lee Edwards - How to pick the right tech startup

    Short Byte: Lee Edwards - How to pick the right tech startup

    Whether you’re thinking of founding, joining or investing in an early stage tech company, Lee Edwards has some advice! From effective due diligence on an early stage company to some interesting focus areas for deep tech startups. Lee is a partner at Root Ventures - a hard tech seed VC, and was previously CTO/VPE at Teespring and an Engineering Manager at Groupon.

    • 33 min
    Short Byte: Johnny Ray Austin Measuring outcomes vs. inputs

    Short Byte: Johnny Ray Austin Measuring outcomes vs. inputs

    Short Byte: Johnny Ray Austin - Measuring outcomes vs. inputs

    How can you best measure the effectiveness of your engineering team? Lines of Code written? Number of PR’s? There are absolutely some input metrics that can have some value, but we don’t hire engineers to write code, we hire them to solve business problems. In this discussion Johnny Ray Austin, CTO at Till shares his experiences of managing his org by focusing on the outcomes produced rather than the inputs delivered.

    • 30 min
    Short Byte: James Smith - Building vs buying software

    Short Byte: James Smith - Building vs buying software

    Short Byte: James Smith - Building vs buying software

    Building vs buying is always a fraught decision. Nominally buying a solution provides more capability and a quicker time to market, but then you have the potential of vendor lock in and being constrained by the limitations of the tool that you chose. And in the engineering world, it’s even harder. While Not Invented Here syndrome is becoming less prevalent, you still need to pick between a ground up implementation or leveraging open source, professional open source and commercial offerings. And then to think about how to incorporate low code APIs and no code solutions into your tech mix in a way that reduces build and maintenance costs without limiting the quality of your final solution. Join us to hear how James thinks about this balance - both as a CEO of a company that buys other peoples software and as the founder of a company that sells its own SaaS solution.

    • 28 min

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