CTO Craft Con: The People One

Our first Virtual Conference, December 1st - 3rd 2020

Join the CTO Craft community for our very first Virtual Conference. We'll be in conversation with CTOs and technology leaders from around the globe talking all things People, Teams and Culture. Speakers include CTOs and VPs from Github, Twitter, LinkedIn, Headspace, CircleCI, MOO, Unity, and many others.

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Community Membership

Join the conversation with our free CTO Community

CTO Craft’s community brings together technology leaders from across the world, from small startups to global organisations and across all experience levels. Join over 2000 other CTOs and get access to exclusive content, Slack channels, monthly Mentoring Circles, events and more.

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CTO Craft Mentoring Circles

Join a Community of Practice for CTOs

By joining a small, trusted team of emerging CTOs and technology leaders, meeting online monthly for guided discussion facilitated by an experienced CTO Coach, you’ll build skills around leadership, strategy, process, planning and more.

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One-to-One CTO Coaching

Unlock your professional growth and leadership potential

Set yourself up for success with one-to-one coaching by an experienced CTO. At your convenience, online or in your workplace, your coach will help with setting goals, improving self-confidence and professional relationships, and identifying obstacles and patterns.

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Events, Workshops & Training

Add to your leadership toolkit with our training and events for Technology Leaders

Attend regular experiential hands-on workshop sessions and bootcamps on topics like hiring, technical debt, remote teams, agile coaching, avoiding burnout and team motivation, as well as public panels, fireside chats and talks.

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Benefits of Coaching and Mentoring

We’re building a coaching and mentoring movement to help technology leaders and their teams grow, build sustainable working practices, build confidence and become more resilient to change.

Build a trusted network

Receive feedback

Craft a vision

Increase confidence

Learn new mental models

Feedback from Circle Members

We love hearing from our Community and Circle members - see how CTO Craft has helped them below

Claire Donald, VP Engineering at MOO.com

"Being part of a Mentoring Circle has been a very valuable learning experience. I'm able to connect with other leaders outside of my own industry, where we can share knowledge and give advice on our own individual challenges"

Jon Topper, CTO at The Scale Factory

"The Mentoring Circle was extremely valuable - it was useful to be able to talk openly about our challenges, gain insights and new perspectives from other attendees, and to learn new tools and techniques useful to the CTO role."

Sarah Hale, Director of Engineering at Unity

"The Mentoring Circles in particular have been a highlight - having an experienced coach facilitating discussions between engineering leaders from different backgrounds who are facing similar challenges has been incredibly valuable."

Emanuele Blanco, CTO at Moneyfarm

"I heard about the great CTO Craft community from a fellow CTO and was glad to join. There's lots of different experiences and points of view, and I felt I could both get and give back to the community."

Marcus Lambert, CTO at Omobono

"The Mentoring Circle has been outstanding - it has helped me to reflect on my leadership style, identifying areas for improvement and helped me communicate clearly with my teams. As I direct result of an idea/perspective we had in the circle, I have made 50k cost-saving at Omobono, highly recommended."

Tom Watson, CTO at Hubble

"The Circle was an amazing experience. Not only was the coach great but hearing from other CTOs with similar challenges at different stages was equally as valuable. I feel a lot more equipped to manage as the company grows and changes."

Charaka Goonatilake, CTO at Panaseer

"A truly unique coaching experience – providing sorely needed support for technical leaders. It's a hugely effective concept to bring together individuals leading technical organisations together with a seasoned CTO to discuss problems and actionable solutions."

Guy Farley, CTO at Bought By Many

"The CTO Craft Mentoring Circle was a great learning experience and huge fun. Our Coach had a model to share for every conceivable management situation and it was great just to share experiences, and frustrations, with other CTOs."

John Plummer, Head of Development at Reevoo

"What I have appreciated most is being able to ask very specific questions about real situations and getting actionable feedback and also recommendations on tools and reading that would be useful in similar future situations."

Arif Shanji, Head of Development at Kano

"I think the sessions are brilliant and I'm learning a lot. There's a good mix of participants at different levels. We're going at a good pace with bite-sized material."

Allistair Crossley, CTO at Coconut

"Taking part in a Circle whilst also launching a FinTech business was especially useful to me as I was able to raise a bunch of real-time challenges and get the group's take every week, practice and report back the week after on results (CI with people!). By the end of the Circle I felt more confident, capable and equipped to discharge the role of CTO."

Dr Ole Moeller-Nilsson, CTO at Pivigo

"The CTO Craft mentoring group was fantastic; the various open discussions in a small group around a wide variety of topics really helped me build my confidence as first time CTO."

Matt Varughese, CTO at Drover

"It was a great way to find new and practical solutions to various real challenges I have faced. Overall a fantastic opportunity to learn from others, who have been through similar experiences and can share their thoughts and advice."

Nayur Khan, Global Head of Technical Delivery at QuantumBlack

"The workshop was incredibly insightful and very well run. It aimed to brainstorm through unconscious biases and fears around recruiting junior talent, and provide useful and practical tips to overcome them."

What You'll Learn

Design, Build & Debug Engineering Culture

Build Leadership and Team-building Skills

Vision, values and goal-setting
Hiring, on-boarding, retention, development and motivation
Meetings, 1:1s and time management
Teamwork, collaboration and team building
Stakeholders and upward management
Stress and burnout
Feedback, delegation and decision-making

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Architect & Maintain Quality Technology Products

Learn how to Plan and Build Products the Right Way

Software architecture and engineering practices
Platforms and technologies
Security and data privacy
Research and development
Data engineering and science
Quality assurance

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Create Sustainable Operations, Process & Infrastructure

Bullet-proof Ops, Project Management Processes and Secure Platforms

Product management and roadmapping
Process and release planning, Agile and Lean
Infrastructure, performance and ops
Continuous integration and release management
Disaster recovery and business continuity planning
Budgets and resource planning
Security, governance and risk

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WHO ARE THE COACHES?

Circles and One-to-One Coaching Programmes are facilitated by experienced former CTOs from businesses like Made.com, Secret Sales, MyDeco, Photobox, Graze and more.

Andy Skipper

CTO Coach, former CTO at Comic Relief and Made.com

Jeffrey Fredrick

CTO and Head of Product & Marketing at TIM Group

Dan Smith

Consulting CTO and Leadership Coach, ex-IBM, Rabobank

Alex Hudson

Former CTO at Iron Group, Qinec, Mydeco

Hywel Carver

Former CTO at Bridge-U

Douglas Squirrel

Consulting CTO, former CTO Osper and Secret Sales

Edoardo Turelli

Former VP Engineering at Adbrain
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CTO Craft Partners

We're proud to be supported by a number of sponsors and partners. If you'd like to discuss partnering with us, contact partners@ctocraft.com and we'll be in touch