CTO Think

CTO Think

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A pragmatic podcast about leadership, product dev, and tech decisions between two recovering Chief Technology Officers.
10: What skills are necessary for a career path of technical leadership?
Feb 18 • 44 min
If a junior developer is looking at the fork in a technology career path of software engineering or management, what kinds of skills do they need for the leadership side? Notes Don is working on a communications tool for Construction Specialties & Design…
9: Developer focus is an excuse not to talk, right?
Feb 10 • 46 min
Is the call for “developer focus” a selfish complaint from precious snowflake employees? What right do developers have to ruin the design trend of great-looking open offices where collaboration magically happens? This week, we discuss how we feel about…
8: How do you choose between self, managed, cloud, or serverless hosting?
Feb 3 • 40 min
How do you choose the best hosting options for your product or firm? This week, we discuss the thinking in a choice between self-hosting, managed hosting, cloud options, and the new buzz word: “serverless”. Notes Don is headed to Gainesville for the Gator…
7: How important is a work-life or non-tech balance for a technology career?
Jan 27 • 39 min
We discuss the importance of a work-life or non-tech balance for someone building a career in technology. Do folks need to set aside a specific amount of time, or any at all, not working on things related to their job? Notes We’ve launched a Patreon…
6: Does a tech manager need to code to be effective?
Jan 18 • 37 min
Randy is a CTO that codes almost daily. Don has found it difficult to string together multiple days where he’s able to code for his current roles. Today, we tackle the topic of whether a CTO or technical manager needs to be able to code to be effective at…
5: What’s the value of test driven development in an Antifragile world?
Jan 12 • 33 min
Don brings up the subject of chaos, based on a book he’s been reading, Antifragile, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. We discuss the merits of test driven development, unpredictability, and how technical managers can work towards a more resilient product in the…
4: What should a manager do about the Meltdown and Spectre exploits?
Jan 5 • 42 min
Randy and Don discuss an item ripped from the headlines: What should a technical manager do about the recent Meltdown and Spectre exploits? They move into the CTO modes of research, understanding, translation, preparation, upgrading, monitoring, and, most…
3: When best to work on tech debt?
Jan 2 • 28 min
Don faced an issue at his education tech firm: When should you slow down forward progress on new features in order to spend time on festering technical issues? Notes Randy discusses his explosion of three side projects: An app for HOA board members, an…
2: Who should I hire to build an app?
Dec 28, 2017 • 25 min
Randy was posed a question by a potential client: “I want to build an app. Who should I hire?” and he asks the same question to Don. Notes Don talks about AspirEDU being in a refactoring phase Don’s gigs, AspirEDU Construction Specialties & Design were…
1: Introducing CTO Think
Dec 23, 2017 • 4 min
Welcome to CTO Think, a podcast about how technology leaders think about business, tech, and people problems. Don VanDemark and Randy Burgess, two current and former Chief Technology Officers will discuss the various challenges managers face in a product…