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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/

CTO Connection Podcas‪t‬ Peter Bell

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

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: 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
    Short Byte: Heidi WIlliams - Building a startup within a startup

    Short Byte: Heidi WIlliams - Building a startup within a startup

    Building a startup within a startup

    There are a unique set of constraints when you’re running an engineering team at a “startup within a startup” - from managing the planning cycle before you’ve hit product market fit, to customizing elements of your product and infrastructure designed for a very different audience. Join us to hear how Heidi Williams, Director of Engineering at Grammarly is working on these challenges by building out an enterprise offering for a traditionally consumer focused business.

    • 29 min
    Short Byte: Juan Pablo Buriticá 12/17/2020 - learning the craft of engineering management

    Short Byte: Juan Pablo Buriticá 12/17/2020 - learning the craft of engineering management

    JP learned engineering management the hard way - and he’s passionate about helping new engineering leaders to have a better pathway to building their skills. In this Short Byte we look at the differences between being an engineering leader at a startup vs a larger company, how JP learned to become a manager, resources that are now available for engineering leaders and some hints and tips on managing your boss and hiring effectively at a startup.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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22 Ratings

22 Ratings

icey502 ,

Valuable Lessons from the Real World

This is a great podcast. The topics are relevant, current, and timely; the guests are genuine people; Peter asks the questions you would want to ask. Highly recommend.

J. Barshop ,

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It’s obvious Peter puts extraordinary effort into finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world.

Each interview find the perfect balance of diving into the hard and soft skills required to thrive these days. Highly recommend listening and subscribing to CTO Connections if you want a great balance of quality topics and informative discussion.

John DiFini ,

Not Just for CTOs

This podcast provides excellent content not just for CTOs but also for anyone in Technology leadership. One idea for improvement - have more of a conversational format rather than a rigid interview.

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