No Bullshit CTO / Tech Lead Guide

04 June 2022 ยท 11515 views ยท Updated 04 February 2024

This is a comprehensive guide designed for current and aspiring CTOs. What I aimed with this guide is to bridge the gap in traditional engineering education by focusing on “real-world” stuff that you have to deal with on a daily basis. The guide covers a wide range of topics, from understanding the role of a CTO, to effectively managing remote teams, embracing hacker culture, conducting efficient meetings, and dealing with technical debt. It also includes insights on deadlines, estimations, documentation, mentoring, and managing challenging engineers.

๐Ÿ„ I've been managing teams for the last seven years, and throughout this time, I've made many mistakes (and learned from them, doh!), which might be helpful to you. 

As a software engineer, I imagine you were never taught the subtle art of taking things under control and delivering a product, at least I didn’t learn this at university. As if this isn’t enough, all your team members tend to be incredibly smart, analytical, opinionated, and ambitious. You know, the standard engineering types.

I’d like to fix this and help you become a good manager, a good leader, and a good CTO. I have experience growing from zero to multiple cross-functional teams working as one big, well-oiled development machine. Most of the stuff in the series comes from my personal encounters with the issues described. I had to learn things on the fly.

You see, this guide isn’t your typical sugar-coated manual. It’s a raw, unfiltered journey through the highs and lows of leading tech teams. I’ve seen codebases more tangled than a bowl of spaghetti and navigated technical post-mortems where pointing fingers was easier than finding solutions.

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The real guide is called 185 196 208 221 Pages of No Bullshit Guide for CTOs / Tech Leads. It’s a print-friendly PDF book (and Kindle-friendly EPUB version) made exclusively for future CTOs / Tech leads, updated and edited with new information in December 2023

You can buy it here for 24$.

Why should I buy it?

Reasonable question. I’m not a sales guy, but I can tell you the value that you will get is worth far more than a single cup of Starbucks coffee.

If you’re tired of the sugar-coated advice and want the real deal on what it takes to be a successful CTO, this guide is your ticket. I’m not here to feed you any usual fluff. I’ve been coding for over a decade and leading teams as a CTO for more than five years. My journey hasn’t been a walk in the park โ€” and that’s exactly what I talk about โ€” my mistakes, my learnings, my experience.

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You can read the limited HTML version of the articles that went into the guide below.

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Soon to be added sections:

  • 1๏ธโƒฃ3๏ธโƒฃ (soon) Reading unfamiliar code
  • 1๏ธโƒฃ4๏ธโƒฃ (soon) Typical tech challenges CTO deals with
  • 1๏ธโƒฃ5๏ธโƒฃ (soon) How to get good at building things.
  • 1๏ธโƒฃ6๏ธโƒฃ (soon) Dealing with ambiguity while growing your tech startup

Scaling anything related to people resources is quite fun once you get the hang of it. It’s finding the right talent, making sure they stay, making sure they are challenged and not bored, and ensuring the teams stay productive and on the right course. As well as building the right things at the right time. Sounds like quite a challenge. It is, but with the tools that I offer in this guide, you’ll be able to get the hang of it quickly.

Hope you have fun reading this.

Cheers,
Vadim