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CTO & VP of Engineering Toolkit

Designed for technology leaders by a seasoned technology leader.

This toolkit contains essential tools and resources.

What's included

1: Organization Design 

Whether you are setting up a brand new engineering organisation or scaling one for growth, there are important factors to be taken into consideration.

  • A master checklist consisting of steps & recommendation
  • Resources from the industry experts

2: Hiring 

Take a structure approach to hiring diverse talents with varying skill set, diversity, seniority with best practices for before, during and after an interview process.

  • Checklist for hiring process
  • Sample interview questions
  • Interview assessment template

3: Technology Strategy 

Set a direction for the organisation's technology vision and create a document of assumptions, challenges, plans, goals and actions to implement the strategy. 

  • Technology Strategy Template
  • Example Strategy Document
  • Resources from the industry experts

4: Engineering Excellence 

Build a centre of excellence for engineering best practices and foster ongoing development and continuous improvement.  

  • A master checklist consisting of steps & recommendation
  • Sample dashboard for DevOps metrics & operational health
  • Recommended Incident Management Process
  • Resources from the industry experts

5: Career Development 

Design a career framework for engineers to set out expectation on technical competency and behaviours required at each level. Provide support & resources for engineers to drive their career growth. 

  • A master checklist consisting of career development steps & recommendation
  • Career planning workshop deck
  • Personal development plan template
  • Sample personal development plan
  • Self-assessment worksheet
  • Career framework resources

6: Alignment & Delivery 

Create alignment and accountability for your delivery teams. Maintain momentum by making progress visible and set up OKRs (Objectives & Key Results) to track and achieve business outcomes.

  • OKRs Spreadsheet Template
  • Sample OKRs for a software company
  • Resources from the industry experts 

How useful is this Toolkit?

To give you an understanding its usefulness, I reviewed a number of job descriptions of CTO roles advertised by companies ranging from small startups to large public companies. I then evaluated the responsibilities against the content in the CTO Toolkit and highlighted how different modules in the Toolkit could be leveraged and applied in the CTO role.

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About Isabel Nyo

Isabel Nyo a technology leader, author and speaker with almost 20 years of experience in the tech industry, with startups to Fortune 500 tech companies.

She is currently working as a Senior Engineering Leader at an enterprise software company and also provides coaching and consulting services to technology leaders worldwide. You can check out her website at http://eisabainyo.net

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  • This toolkit contains essential tools and resources for Senior Technology Leaders.
  • 100+ resources from the industry experts
  • 15+ checklists, templates, worksheets & examples
  • Frequently asked Q&As by technology leaders
  • Almost 20 years of industry experience

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