24 Jul

Navigating Tech Leadership: 5 key areas to focus on

Stepping into the shoes of a tech team leader can be both exhilarating and daunting.

Whether you're a CTO, a product manager, or someone newly responsible for guiding a team of developers, the complex digital landscape req...

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22 May

Forbidden words list

Throw out the old ways, in with the new.

Let’s stop comparing those apples and oranges. 

A common language is what keeps us understanding each other. So when we speak about certain business terms, we may use wor...

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18 May

Social Media

Online presence – what to write and what to share

As the CTO, or any other person with a separate title responsible for tech teams, you are a spokes person for the company in a way, and what you share and do on social medi...

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17 May

Board presentations

A story is better than a thousand KPI’s

As with all other chapters, I start with a slight existential question. Are you regularly invited to report to the board?

Some organisations still think that their CTO’s are IT...

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16 May

KPI’S and OKR’s

Don’t measure what you can't control

Once upon a time when I worked as an Engineering Manager I was asked by the CEO to report on certain KPI’s in order to measure and control performance of the development team.


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15 May


How a stable budget work helps you be geared to run a great team

Owning your own budget could really help you and your team to be able to work efficiently and to the point.

The beauty of budgets is that they are deci...

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12 May

Project Updates

How to communicate what’s being worked on, what’s going to be worked on and what’s done

People either directly involved in your project or product or affected by the outcome of your activities will need to be continuously...

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11 May


Sharing your company communication over Slack isn’t really that uncommon

In this remote working world — where many teams are spread out doing “home office”, we really need to communicate harder, better and smarter. I’m no...

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10 May

Time Off

Do you want to spend time approving leave requests?

Trusting your employees to effectively manage their own time is a game-changer. Let everyone decide their own working time, when to take time off and how to manage and ha...

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08 May


99% of developers would not call Software development “coding”.

We input instructions in a file, which is interpreted by another program on the server, returning back a result. That’s it. Coding is indeed the art of tellin...

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05 May


They beauty of working with others is that they experience things about you. And users experience a lot using your product.

What's harder in life than hearing something you have been working on or been a part of is not wor...

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05 May

Build or Buy

SaaS or develop yourself?

The classic question that you have heard so many times, in so many shapes. Now, slightly adjusted for our purpose I will discuss some thoughts around the topic.

If you w...

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04 May


An innovation process. An oxymoron.

On one axis you have innovation, the other side process. They are their own complete opposites. There is no innovation in a process.

We follow its steps, and any attempt to bypass,...

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02 May


Culture eats Strategy for breakfast

Before even touching the topic of motivation, I’d like to talk about some very important prerequisites I think needs to be there. Trying to motivate people without having great leaders i...

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01 May

Avoiding micro management

The biggest threat to self-managed employees who would like to get a higher sense of inclusion and has an inner drive.

Accountability is an interesting word. It means “the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibi...

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28 Apr

Working remote

The last two years has proven that “work from home” is here to stay, and is already the default way of working in the future

Home office, as it was called before, has been around for a long time. At least for developers it...

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27 Apr

Collaboration models

Let’s visit some interesting collaboration models and how they have been working out.

Spotify are famous among developer circles for their collaboration model. At the time it came, it was something new and fresh. Built on...

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26 Apr


When a new team gets together, there are certain dynamics at work. Understanding these basics helps you understand what’s going on.

You have managed to get the entire team to that team offsite. The trip in went well and ev...

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25 Apr

Leading developers

Is working with developers and tech projects any different than leading people in other areas?

Here we go thru topics such as leadership styles and basic ways of how to work with people in a way that is inspiring, motivati...

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24 Apr

Computers and Security

Infrastructure, antivirus, azure, office 365, drive, client management — all those IT tasks.

Is IT-management a part of the work as a CTO? Sound more like something under the wings of a CIO – but in reality in smaller comp...

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21 Apr


Get data from other sources using API’s.

Finally something fun! Application Programming Interface (API) is the way to connect different systems with each other. Is it plug and play as in you just click and it's done? No wa...

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21 Apr

Development process

How to get something from idea to done using a standard development process.

There are many different Development processes. I’ve worked with Waterfall phasing, scrum with sprints which releases all at the same time once d...

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20 Apr

Incident Management

When the shit hits the fan

Late Friday evening, just when you are about to sit down for that family dinner, the phone buzzes and you get notifications from your favourite monitoring service that the website is down.


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19 Apr


Keeping all your applications properly monitored makes it easier to understand if they are up or down.

Astonishingly many online services are not monitored and this has the obvious effect that no one knows when they are wo...

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You capture a lot, but why do you need it?

Data is important and if interpreted in a way that makes sense, it could help your company to take the right decisions.

During the recent years there has been a lot of new r...

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17 Apr


At the right level at the right moment

Bring out your favourite pillow because it’s time for some discussion about everyones most boring topic — documentation. Believe it or not, in the beginning of dev times this was a tr...

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14 Apr


What should you focus on now? I’m going thru some ways of creating value thru setting the right priorities.

Switching focus in the middle of the task is the worst thing for most developers, and perhaps also other employees...

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14 Apr

Maintaining the code

Git, Pull Requests, Quality, Workflows, Four-Eye-Principle, Prettify

As mentioned in the previous chapter, Devops are important to maintain code but guess what this is also a team effort, and on top of that it’s also a bus...

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13 Apr


Well, you don’t want obvious bugs. Releasing fast doesn’t mean we need to release things that breaks the application or looks bad.

To test something before release is a good idea. Testing is as with everything else — a big...

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13 Apr


The important work of maintaining servers, environments, code bases, version and all to enable developers to work.

Development Operations. This guild that few knows the essence of. Is it just a developer fixing some automa...

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12 Apr

Frontend & backend and their Devs

What happens in the browser, stays in the browser.

We divide code in Frontend and Backend. Not really for fun, but because of a reason. In order to understand basic Software Architecture, we need to understand the split be...

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11 Apr

Programming languages vs Frameworks vs Stacks

Here we are discussing programming languages, frameworks and stacks.

Software development in the context of this book means building an application that is used in the web browser. Or, in some cases, on your phone as an in...

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07 Apr

Build a product

From idea to working product that actually is solving something for someone who’s paying for it

As you read in the Starting a Project chapter, building a project is all about trying out the idea fast and see how it’s...

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31 Mar

Starting a project

Let’s go from zero to hero by looking at the pieces needed for a Project that becomes a Product that becomes something useful.

You are going to build a great product, but I got news for you. It all starts as a project. It’...

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24 Mar


Plan the Kanban product development

We need to talk about plans. One of the biggest misunderstandings about Agile is that you can’t plan. It's not true. You just can’t make detailed long term plans that must be followed an...

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17 Mar


An intro to the basics of true agile. 

The word “agile” can be heard in meetings and seen in presentations. There are many misunderstandings and it would make sense to discuss these, however let’s start with the agile...

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10 Mar

What to focus on

Business first means business first.

Beautiful code or just working code? Maintaining code or building new features and increase sales? Adhere to the development process, continuously remove technical debt, prettifying cod...

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03 Mar


Remove access, conduct interview and close down all accounts when someone is leaving – and drink the grave beers.

Removing access to systems is important, and should be done the day after the person leaves the team. Here,...

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24 Feb


About bad apples and how to throw them out. That's a clickbait title for you and has nothing to do with the content of this chapter.

One person in your team is not delivering. There’s a lot of subtile messaging in that sen...

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20 Feb

The three types of CTOs

When you are looking for a CTO - do you need the hands-on-CTO, the business project manager-CTO or the experienced tech lead and people leader-CTO?

Abbreviations - we all love and hate them. We love them because they are easy to remember a...

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15 Feb


You want in-house developers sitting next to you?

If you look at job ads for developers, they are “usually” pretty much alike. There is an intro about what the company do, then some role info and some perks. Most also stat...

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16 Dec

Asking ChatGPT about AI ethics and opportunities

Dear ChatGPT - what's the current status of AI?

I asked the latest hype – our new companion ChatGPT from what it thinks about...

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13 Dec

Agile basics

What's agile all about?

Being a big topic ten years ago - fast forward til today - is it still interesting? Yes, very much. And no, the basics didn't really change.

Agile product development is a method of creating a...

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17 Nov

What to pay

What is the time from someones life worth?

The topic of salaries and renumeration is a huge topic that deserves its own book. My take on it is that people should be paid fairly, to their market “value” and “enough”. <...

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10 Nov


Getting new developers up to speed and give them a warm welcome.

One thing is for sure. You will be doing this activity together with new people joining your company many times. No matter how much don't want people to leav...

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08 Nov

Hiring the right people

Getting the right people on board is as hard as it sounds.

Having the right people on the team is of course very important. But who are the right people and where can you find them? Not so easy.

Finding your future c...

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12 Aug

Developers on an equity model

Are you bored at work?

Working within technology for almost two decades, I've obviously met a lot of developers. There is much to be said about all the great people I've had the chance to work with – but in this post I'd l...

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25 Jul

The CTO Playbook

New book out!

The art of developing an application has been well described in various coding books that you can find gathering dust on almost all developers desks around the world. This is not that book. There may be some...

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23 Jun

Hyro becomes Juice

It’s with great joy that we can announce that Hyro has become part of Juice, a new and innovative recruitment platform.

Announcement: The danish recruitment platform called Hyro will be closed and moved to...

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