- [Narrator] This Chief Technology Officer career guide requires no previous knowledge. I recognize a lot of people simply want to know more about what a Chief Technology Officer does and how they might do it themselves. That said, I should mention that the CTO title and job description can vary greatly from company to company depending on a number of factors such as the CEO's strengths and weaknesses, the type of product they're producing, and the size of the company. I've done my best to put together information that will be relevant to any CTO in any company.
Throughout the course, we'll refer to a startup that is a food subscription company, something like Blue Apron or Plated. This is an example that can help to illustrate ideas in a tangible way. Most likely this will be nothing like your company, but it's a starting point for real world references. What this course will not do is teach you programming, technology, or architecture concepts. There are plenty of resources here and elsewhere where you can learn that. In this course, I'm going to teach you the other stuff, the management techniques and the things that are maybe a little more intangible.
My goal is to help you avoid making mistakes by giving you some tips and jump off points to learn critical skills required by a CTO, and if you're so inclined, how you can become a great one.
- Hiring a great team
- Enhancing team communications
- Creating a product roadmap
- Capturing and using data and analytics
- Identifying key performance indicators
- Choosing which platform to use
- Managing the product life cycle (PLC)
- Taking feedback
- Public speaking
- Running efficient meetings
- Marketing and launching products
- Growing and scaling
- Managing crises
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Your Team
2. Product Management
4. Development and the Product Life Cycle
5. Marketing and Communication
6. Business and Entrepreneurship
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