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Personal Qualification | Staying on top of the game

Personal Qualification | Staying on top of the game

André Neubauer

August 31, 2022

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  1. That’s me/ my journey so far • Computer science studies

    • Business administration & entrepreneurship studies • data experts - Software Engineer • ImmobilienScout24 - Software Engineer, Team Lead, Head • Deutsche Post, E-POST - Director Engineering, VP Product, CTO • Mister Spex - CTO • Smava - CTO • Startup I, II • German Startups Association - Spokesman "CTO Network" • Technology Advisor and Business Angel Education Career Side topics
  2. My responsibilities as being a CTO • Technology strategy &

    decisions • Engineering process • Roadmap planning • Organisation setup, values & principles • Hiring • People development • Tech projects (e.g. Cloud migration) • Post merger integration • Due diligence • … Short: Tech, People, Culture, Process https://www.flickr.com/photos/ojimbo/5755042801
  3. But there are patterns … • It’s usually not about

    the easy things. • It’s always a bit different. • It’s not repetitive work. • There is more work (to be done) than time (to work on it). • …
  4. First things first • Staying on top of the game

    requires time and dedication. • It's all about discipline and motivation. (Procastination is your enemy.)
  5. Improve your working style • Prepare ◦ SCR (Situation, Complication,

    Resolution) ◦ Amazon meeting style • Prioritize ◦ Eisenhower matrix • Work ◦ Focus time ◦ Pomodoro • Decide ◦ Delegation Poker
  6. Situation, Complication, Resolution Used for analytical storytelling but can be

    also used to break down complex facts Situation: The important, fact-based state of current affairs that everyone in the room agrees with Complication: The reason(s) the situation requires action Resolution: The specific action you're recommending to solve the problem
  7. Know trends but don’t follow (all of) them Hint: Also

    give room so your team knows them (hackathon, research days, …)
  8. Build your network • … for exchange and advise ◦

    Communities, role models, mentors, coaches • … for relevant content sources
  9. Reflect continuously • Ask yourself … ◦ Do I focus

    on the right things? ◦ What's next? ◦ What's will be important in the future? ◦ What are my weak spots? • Most important: ◦ Be honest to yourself ◦ Prioritize Hints: • Coaches can help • Track your satisfaction
  10. Understand the physics ... Mental models help “A mental model

    is an explanation of someone's thought process about how something works in the real world. It is a representation of the surrounding world, the relationships between its various parts and a person's intuitive perception about their own acts and their consequences. Mental models can help shape behaviour and set an approach to solving problems (similar to a personal algorithm) and doing tasks.” - Wikipedia In short: Mental models help to assess how things work and therefore help to make better decisions.
  11. Process of learning Situation Information / Feedback Decision Situation Information

    / Feedback Decision Mental model Feedback based learning Single-/ double-based learning
  12. Mental models - … • Strategic, tactical, operational • First

    Principles Thinking • Second-Order Thinking • Inversion • Map vs Territory • Feynman’s Technique • … Additional sources: https://fs.blog/mental-models/
  13. How to … • Find your own way to grow

    .. get inspired by others but don't copy them • Let go of perfection • Keep in mind: It’s a marathon (continuous learning) not a sprint. • Apply PDCA • Hint: Combine learning which something you enjoy