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CTO Toolbelt #1 on Recruiting, Coffee and Mentoring your Directors

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This is the first ever CTO Toolbelt! A dream come true for me. It’s a short, monthly focused list of resources for people in the role of CTO.

Here’s a bullet point list that you can skim over:

Recruitment. If you’re looking for developers, I highly recommend my friend, Kimberly Owen. I’ve known her for years and trust her with all my recruiting needs. Tell her I sent you.

Developer Team Happiness. I am working with VendiBean coffee to bring awesome espresso/latte drinks to your developers. Check it out and contact my friend, Teal Cooper. Tell her I sent you.

Software Agency. Check out this conversation with Ryan about what it takes to build a software development agency. If you’re going to use him, tell him I sent you.

Mentoring your direct reports. Offer your leaders a way to grow in their management of developers and process AND their emotional intelligence. Contact my friend, Annalise Koltai and tell her I sent you.

CTO Leadership. Here’s a conversation with Aaron about rethinking your software projects and your leadership style.  Ping him with questions, but if you do, tell him I sent you.

Networking. Check out the newly launched CTO Colloquium coming to a city near you. Next one San Diego, 12/19/18. After that they’re heading to Portland, Austin, Carlsbad and San Diego.

A New CTO Podcast. Here’s a TEDx style audio podcast for CTO audiences. The first episode is on Mob Programming. iTunes Google Spotify

Ok, I have a few more items but I think maybe 7 is enough?

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As always, please send me feedback of what you’d like to see.


The 3rd CTO Colloquium: Austin 1/16/2019

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On 1/16/2019, in Austin, TX:

Ken Cone
Mary Beth Westmoreland
Elijah Wood

will address the CTO Colloquium with presentations on:

“Lean for 7CTOs”
“Fail Brilliantly – a Cloud Transformation Story”
“Tools to help your engineering teams discuss the purpose of their work”


  • 5:30pm to 6pm – Arrival Food & Drinks
  • 6:00 to 6:30 pm – Ken Cone
  • 6:30 to 7:00 pm – Mary Beth Westmoreland
  • 7:00 to 8:00 pm – Elijah Wood
  • 8pm Adjourn to closest Pub

On Lean for 7CTOs: “The Lean Startup” has made Lean a common word among entrepreneurs. In this talk, Ken discusses the lean foundations that the Lean Startup is based on and how to apply these to your unique business.

On Fail Brilliantly – a Cloud Transformation Story: Mary Beth will share how learning from many failures propelled Blackbaud’s successful transformation to the cloud.

On Tools to help your engineering teams discuss the purpose of their work: The workshop will begin by exploring a method to clarify for individuals and a group what is important in their work. Together we can reveal when a compelling purpose is missing and avoid moving forward without clarity. Next, we will explore individual work, self-selection of ideas, and structured group conversations to make meetings more actionable. The attendees will identify a challenge to ideate on and vote as a group. Then, everyone will write down their ideas about a particular question or problem on sheets of paper for a few minutes; then, you have each participant pass their ideas on to someone else, who reads the ideas and adds new ideas. Finally, we will conclude with sharing the ideas and reflecting on the exercises of the workshop.

What is the CTO Colloquium?

The CTO Colloquium is a series of meetings held in various cities, at which specialists address Chief Technology Officers in presentations on relevant topics.  Afterwards, they answer questions pertaining to these topics as well as take part in discussions with  smaller groups of attendees.

Who is it for?

The meetings are exclusive to the head of all technology in a company, typically the CTO.  We prefer to keep the meetings small in order to maximize engagement with the presenters and therefor we keep it invite-only.

Please contact us if you’re interested in attending future Colloquiums.


Ken Cone

CTO, Radeus Labs

Mary Beth Westmoreland

CTO, Blackbaud

Elijah Wood

Facilitator, Voltage Control