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My Role Of Being A CTO

My Role Of Being A CTO

André Neubauer

February 12, 2019
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  1. My Role Of Being A CTO
    An interim conclusion
    ... and why I‘m probably not the best software engineer
    André Neubauer (@devpg), talents meets tech, Feb 2019

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  2. My journey (so far)
    • Computer science studies
    • data experts - IT consultant
    • ImmobilienScout24 - Sofware Engineer,
    Team lead, Head of ...
    • Business Administration &
    Entrepreneurship Studies
    • Deutsche Post, E-POST – Director Engineering,
    VP Product, CTO
    • Mister Spex – CTO
    Education Career

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  3. My jobs as being a CTO
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/ojimbo/5755042801
    • Platform strategy
    • Technology upgrades
    • Hiring
    • Business agility
    • Due diligence process
    • Post merger integration
    • Contract negotiation
    • Cloud migration
    • Tool decisions
    • Roadmap planning
    • ...

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  4. 3 learnings when looking back ...

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  5. „I need to become a CTO“ –
    The misunderstood career path?!
    Software Engineer Teamlead Head of CTO
    Specialist Generalist
    • Try to become outstanding
    in your decipline.
    • Don‘t strive for the next
    position just for the sake of
    it (Peter principle – "In a
    hierarchy every employee tends to rise to
    his level of incompetence.")
    Mastery

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  6. CTO !== CTO ... It‘s all about context
    CTO Role By Organizational Needs
    Tom Berray, Raj Sampath
    Pioneers, Settlers, Town Planners
    Simon Wardley

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  7. It‘s more than „tech“ ... but leadership
    My best career decision:
    Studying Business
    Administration &
    Entrepreneurship
    Areas
    Levels
    People Process Culture
    Operational
    Tactical
    Strategic
    Strive for
    business agility
    Hiring
    People
    development
    Org setup
    Being a role
    model
    Give freedom
    Challenge
    status quo
    Advocate on
    corporate values
    Discuss values
    and principles
    Tech
    IT strategy
    Technology
    decisions
    ...
    Active role
    Passive role

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  8. My interpretation à Chief Tailwind Officer*
    • Gather the right people around you. Hiring is mission-critical
    • Encourage people to step up and take over responsibility
    • Help with decisions and share the „whole picture“
    • Challenge the status quo and give impetus
    • Act as a role model
    * Created by Johann-Peter Hartmann, Mayflower

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