What's a CTO Mentoring Circle?

Meeting monthly, Mentoring Circles provide you with regular, coach-led discussions and learning in a small group of peers
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Circles are groups of up to 12 CTOs of similar experience levels

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Each Circle is facilitated by an experienced CTO Coach

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Members list and vote on discussion topics for each session

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Members bring their own experiences, along with new models from the Coach

Want to chat about joining a Circle?

If you'd like to know more about the benefits of joining a Circle, the kinds of conversation you'll have, the support you'll gain from being part of a group, and so on, click below and fill in your details to arrange a chat.

Commitment and Costs

Membership of a Circle costs £175 per month. We ask for a commitment of 12 months in order to build trust and coherence in the group, and to ensure every member has an opportunity to speak about issues that are important to them.

Why Join a CTO Mentoring Circle?

Build a trusted network: share reflections, stories, experiences, lessons and best practices with a small group of leaders in similar positions.

Curated groups: we choose leaders with similar levels of experience, team size and structure and business stage.

Experienced facilitator: the groups are led by a CTO who’s been in your position, and can help guide through to solutions and provide mental tools.

Commitment to improvement: membership of a group brings accountability for continuous improvement and openness.

Why Join a CTO Mentoring Circle?

Feedback from Circle Members

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

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."

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."

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."

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

“It’s always about the people not the technology”

Alex Hudson

Former CTO at Iron Group, Qinec, Mydeco

Hywel Carver

Former CTO at Bridge-U

“Every department of a modern company runs on technology and requires technology to function, so technology leadership is company leadership.”

Douglas Squirrel

Consulting CTO, former CTO Osper and Secret Sales

“Scaling up would be so easy if only we didn’t have to talk to each other!

Edoardo Turelli

Former VP Engineering at Adbrain

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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