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First, you need to know: What does a CTO do?

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The role of a CTO, Chief Technology Officer, seems to be a mysterious one. It’s one of the most popular questions asked by aspiring technology leaders. The fact that many folks want to know about the role is quite telling — the role itself is quite prestigious and mysterious. In fact, it is a dream job for many professionals in tech.

However, don’t be fooled by the idea of what a CTO role could bring you — fame, freedom, financial benefits, and think it’s unattainable. They are external factors and they don’t really have anything to do with the role…

Because working harder doesn’t mean creating more.

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The creator economy is on the rise. When you are on a social media platform like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or TikTok, you’re guaranteed to come across a creator and consume something directly from a creator. Gone were the days when creators or artists were kept behind the scene, behind a big-company-name. People used to support businesses or brands and not individuals or creators directly. Today, creators have direct contact with their audience and there are many ways to get your creation directly to the hands of your audience.

However, one big challenge that creators face in this new environment…

Summary of what I shared, learned and thought about last month

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Happy September! Here is a summary of what I shared, learned and thought about last month.

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In general, you should aim to maximize collaboration within teams, and minimize collaboration between teams.

How to build silos and decrease collaboration (on purpose)

What I like about focusing on the capabilities that define observability is that, if you accept the definition about finding answers to unknown-unknowns, then you inevitably must also accept that there are certain technical prerequisites for achieving that goal.

Observability: The 5-Year Retrospective

The process of making a CTO toolkit

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On August 17, I launched a digital product called CTO Toolkit and I wanted to share the entire process from the idea to the launch day so others can benefit from it, and hopefully enjoy similar success.

The idea

I had the idea to put together a toolbox for senior engineering leaders like CTOs, Head of Engineering and VP of Engineering late last year while working on my ebook for engineering managers.

The idea was based on the wish I had more than a decade ago in my engineering leadership role. As a novice CTO of a startup, I wished then to…

Designed for technology leaders by a seasoned technology leader

CTO Toolkit goes live tomorrow on 17 August: (50% off today only!)

And let me tell you why I put so much time and effort into putting together this Toolkit…

Almost two decades ago when I was an engineer, I took great pleasure in getting things done, and being on the ground to execute tasks.

When I first became an engineer manager, I missed that, in fact, I missed that a lot. I felt that if I wasn’t doing any hands-on work, I wasn’t being productive.

It took me a while to understand and accept that planning, strategic thinking…

Leverage the most significant development in the future of work

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Over the last two decades in my career in the technology industry, I have gained experience on both sides of the gig economy: as a freelancer and technology leader hiring freelance developers.

Back in my developer days, I worked as a freelance developer to expand my skill set and knowledge, and since becoming an engineering manager, I’ve hired freelance developers for the companies that I worked for.

Today, I want to share insights around hiring freelance developers and best practices to find and hire the best freelance developers in the gig economy.

As engineering leaders, it’s important to understand and…

Four insights from coaching technology leaders all over the globe remotely

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I’ve always enjoyed coaching and mentoring people in their career growth. I find it rewarding. And interesting. I’ve been doing it for the past few years, directly as part of my role as a manager, and also to under-represented folks in the technology industry. All my coaching and mentoring used to happen in-person, sometimes ad-hoc and usually with an existing network of people I already know and therefore, most of the folks I coached were located in Sydney.

Last year, with the pandemic, everything changed. As I started coaching people on zoom even if they worked for the same company…

Your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.

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Humans are creatures of habits. Habits transform our lives because we become what we repeatedly do, day after day. If you want to be achieve something in life, whether to become more mindful, to receive a promotion, to make a million dollars, to get better grades, etc, you can’t simply do something out of the blue and expect to achieve your goal the next day. Likewise, becoming an exceptional person takes a consistent effort, and you can only do that by creating good daily habits.

Habits are a fundamental dimension of successful leadership. Leaders must cultivate and practice habits in…

How to onboard well as a software developer by knowing and nailing the expectation of your role

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Recently, Microsoft surveyed 30,000 workers in 31 countries about work, and according to the survey results, 41% of workers globally are thinking about quitting their current jobs. It doesn’t require a genius to figure out that tech companies are going to be the ones most impacted by this as the tech industry is one of the fastest-growing industries amidst the global pandemic. So if you are a software developer, you will likely be joining a new company in the next 12–18 months.

Changing to a new job can be quite stressful — but it’s also a good thing. It puts…

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