Tips on growth, ops and people for founders and managers of technology companies

People: How do you interview a software engineer/developer on engineering rigour?

Tips on interviewing software engineers/developers for the required level of engineering rigour, for busy managers and founders of growing technology companies – from the 2021 series of Threads discussions. Discussion host: Adam Dangoor, senior engineer, technical interviewer and interview coach. Context Many interview processes assess familiarity with a technical stack, but this only tells partContinue reading “People: How do you interview a software engineer/developer on engineering rigour?”

Ops: Remote engineering practices; the same or different?

Tips on adapting your approach to aid productivity for your remote software engineers – from the 2020 series of Threads discussions. Discussion host: Robert Turnbull, Agile Coach and Director of Agile Services Context Pre-pandemic, there was a trend towards exploring remote engineering practices, but the rapid adoption has seen the communication methods and tooling beingContinue reading “Ops: Remote engineering practices; the same or different?”

People: How do you determine which attributes to hire for, in software engineering?

Tips on considerations before hiring into your engineering team – from the 2020 series of Threads discussions. Discussion host: Adam Dangoor, senior engineer, technical interviewer and interview coach. Context Software engineering functions follow natural phases of maturation that largely reflect the status and sophistication of the product being developed, often along the lines of; Startup:Continue reading “People: How do you determine which attributes to hire for, in software engineering?”

Ops: How do you establish an effective product management team?

Tips on ceding product management to dedicated product managers, and creating the culture for the product to thrive – from the 2019 series of Threads discussions. Discussion host: Jock Busuttil – Freelance Head of Product, Founder, Author & Conference Speaker. Context Product management must have a voice that’s listened to at board level, during all stages ofContinue reading “Ops: How do you establish an effective product management team?”

People: Decisions, how do you decide what to do?

Tips on making better decisions across the company – from the 2019 series of Threads discussions. Discussion host: Peter Cain, change and growth Consultant at Anamosys.  Context Much of management and leadership is about making decisions so we all need good ways to do this, be it decisions that we make alone, decisions that we empowerContinue reading “People: Decisions, how do you decide what to do?”

Growth: How do you delegate, let go and grow management?

Tips on delegation and growing a layer of management for busy managers and founders of growing technology companies – from the 2017 series of Threads discussions. Discussion host: Peter Cain, growth and change consultant at Anamosys Context If you remain in charge of most things you become a bottleneck. You’ll start to make poor decisionsContinue reading “Growth: How do you delegate, let go and grow management?”

People: How can founders improve personal performance and build a culture for success?

Tips on releasing the full potential of your people, through your own actions – from the 2019 series of Threads discussions. Discussion host: Dr Phil Johnson – Clinical Sports Psychologist, performance and executive coach.  Context It can be lonely at the top for a boss. It can be hard to express feelings and thoughts. It isContinue reading “People: How can founders improve personal performance and build a culture for success?”

Growth: How can founders get the best from grant funding?

Tips on using grants as early oxygen and funding top-ups for your technology start-up business – from the 2018 series of Threads discussions. Discussion host: Matt Butcher, CEO of Inductosense Context The success rate for InnovateUK grants is apparently 11%, so busy tech start-up founders will want to weigh up the effort and reward. You mayContinue reading “Growth: How can founders get the best from grant funding?”

People: How do you get technical people to lead and manage?

Tips on encouraging engineers with leadership skills to explore this valuable trait – from the 2018 series of Threads discussions. Discussion host: Peter Cain, change and growth Consultant at Anamosys.  Context It’s usually better to grow your own managers as they will already have the respect of the existing technical staff. They will understand your productsContinue reading “People: How do you get technical people to lead and manage?”

Growth: You can sell a product but, should you, and will it sell?

Tips on whether to sell a product or service – from the 2018 series of Threads discussions. Discussion host: Andrew Callard, Marketing Business Consultant/Coach, Business Developer, Project Manager at Aimed Business. Context Our ability to innovate and fast prototype appears to have accelerated with ever more ingenious products being launched. Yet many of these ‘fail’. ThatContinue reading “Growth: You can sell a product but, should you, and will it sell?”

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