Recently, we were fortunate to bring together top CTO talent from inside and outside the First Round Community to share best practices, challenges and insights. Key topics included how to create a great management team, introducing structure to your org, and tools for better technical productivity. Notes from this session are below.
BUILDING STRONG MANAGEMENT
- It's easy to build a management structure when things are early and small. But don't over-optimize this structure. It will change as you bring people on. For example, don't give out management titles until you have at least four teams.
- The best tactic is to have everyone start out as an engineer, then hire an engineering director and split the team in half. This is the cell-splitting model -- grow a team then split it into different cells.
- Don't promote people into management roles too early. It's better to hire a manager than to promote from within the ranks. The latter only causes conflict.
- Always remember, while someone might be a bril