the
gro.team
story

The gro.team story started at Betfair…the online betting exchange that went on to IPO for more than $2 billion...

Grow Yourself Though
Coaching And Mentoring

Grow Your Team With
Interim And Permanent Talent
Grow Your Company Via
Growth Hacking

As Founder Rorie Devine recalls…

2000's
Betfair
The gro.team story started at Betfair…the online betting exchange that went on to IPO for more than $2 billion…gro.team Founder Rorie Devine recalls… ”I had been headhunted into a leadership role and it became clear that some members of the team I had inherited were part of the problem – not the solution. I thought “wouldn’t it be great if there was somewhere I could go to bring in genuine experts to take accountability for X leaving me to focus on Y” and so on. Unfortunately nothing like that existed.
2000's
2014
teamcxo.com --> interim.team
The “management consultancy” model was (and still is) broken. It works by overcharging clients premium rates for smart but inexperienced and inexpensive people. Some management consultancy contracts are so long and complicated that by the time a client realises that they’re not getting the value for money or effectiveness they need it is difficult/impossible to end the relationship. The news that Hertz is suing Accenture for $32m for a failed web site implementation (a product and design that apparently didn’t do half of what was specified and wasn’t finished) is one of the few failed projects that come to light publicly…most of the time companies quietly move on…wiser but poorer… I resolved to form a company to meet the need for genuine expertise where people need it, when people need it and only for as long as they need it and TeamCXO.com was born. Unfortunately few people knew what CXO meant (it’s a generic term for CTO, CEO, CFO etc) so we changed the name to interim.team and off we went…
2014
2016
gro.team
We were growing very rapidly (revenue went up more than 5,000% in 3 years) and people loved our relentless customer success focus but clients kept asking us “we need some permanent people as well…do you do that?” and “can you help us grow as well?” Eventually we decided to stop arguing with clients and relaunched as gro.team to work with people to grow themselves via coaching and mentoring, grow their teams with interim or permanent talent and grow their businesses via growth hacking.
2016
2017
Ah ha
The real a-ha moment though was realising that as a self-selecting network of more than 200 high impact, high credential people if we’re serious about adding more value than we extract (and making people, teams and more companies more successful) then we should include free coaching and mentoring as part of all of our interim and permanent engagements. We are definitely finding that access to free coaching and mentoring genuinely seems to make a difference to outcomes…no matter how good you are you can always get better and it seems that the more successful people are the more they benefit from coaching and mentoring…anyway… gro.team is ramping up but it has been great to see the reaction of the people we’re working with…we’re having a lot of fun and a lot of growth is being delivered…
2017
The CTO ¦ CIO Bible Book Launched
In The CTO ¦ CIO Bible Rorie Devine covers everything you need to know to be a Super Successful CTO ¦ CIO with the odd bit of humour and more than 100 chunks of actionable insight...
# 100
Amazon Information Technology Bestseller
ATG
ATG
A bible - chapter and verse
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Don't buy this expecting the usual self congratulatory amble through someone's career - it gets the the point quickly with distillations of hard bitten wisdom from decades of not just Rorie's experience but those he's worked with. Full disclosure - I've worked with Rorie - and its great getting some reinforcement of his values: - Pragmatism - anecdotes about Betfair introducing search even though it came from a developer not a product owner; successes prototyping over exhaustive specifications; - Communication - Rorie's Ramblings weekly newsletter follows him from engagement to engagement and set a great example on openness - Passion - not many CTOs would give so much space for a love letter to a language - if only all CTOs could defend technology decisions
Mr. Faisal Ahmed
Mr. Faisal Ahmed
Really insightful
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Easy to read in a complex world full of buzz words, really recommend this to anyone in the business field. Cannot wait for a follow up book.
Jonathon Moore
Jonathon Moore
Super!
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Bucketloads of great insight across the full spectrum of product development. A great read for product and engineering leaders alike.
Roseland
Roseland
Very readable
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A very easy to read and digest book that gives lots of tips and ideas for how to make a high impact in a positive way as quickly as possible. Not a technical book, but one of leadership, relationships and how to add value. A definite must for the library.
Martin King
Martin King
Thinking from an expert!
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Clear and concise advice for people that already have a lot of the building blocks in place. The book offers plenty of critical thinking from a seasoned expert. Thanks Rorie!
Mr. S. Edwards
Mr. S. Edwards
Wisdom for busy execs
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I loved the simple, concise format of this book. Full of bite sized wisdom and instant takeaways to 'try now'. Rather than a massive tome of boring management theory, busy execs can read this book on a train journey and get instant value. Highly recommended.
manub
manub
Actionable leadership tips
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I've had the pleasure to work with Rorie and I was looking forward to read his book. I wasn't disappointed! The format may not be liked by everybody as more than narrative it's a series of tips, however I find the insights very helpful. On some topics I have slightly different views but Rorie gets his argument through explaining why he's giving those tips, based on his 20 years experience. Definitely a good read.
Alex Farr
Alex Farr
CIO UK Top 100
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An essential read for any #CIO or #CTO in 2020. Authored by the extremely talented Rorie Devine, the book gives the mission, objectives, strategies and tactics needed to succeed. It may even contain a small contribution from yours truly...
Oliver Bayes-Shelton
Oliver Bayes-Shelton
CTO
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Great book by Rorie Devine, I always enjoy reading things by peers! "The CTO ¦ CIO Bible: The Mission Objectives Strategies And Tactics Needed To Be A Super Successful CTO ¦ CIO"
Eoin Woods
Eoin Woods
CTO at Endava
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Interesting new ebook from Rorie Devine on how to be an effective #CIO based on his experience in the role and also working as an interim, seeing inside many organisations. Structured into bite-size pieces for easy digestion!
Michael O'Gorman
Michael O'Gorman
CTO/VP Engineering
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Just read CTO ¦ CIO Bible by Rorie Devine - great valuable insights by very experienced CTO - must read for all current and aspiring CTO’s/CIO’s - great job Rorie Devine
Artur Grabowski
Artur Grabowski
Technical Director
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Some really good tips and advice in "CTO | CIO Bible" by Rorie Devine. Definitely worth reading by anyone involved in a technology leadership role.
FJK
FJK
A map to literature
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I feel this book will be like Marmite, there are those that will see it as a collection of thoughtful prose and those for whom this will echo deep within their philosophical core. It captures decades of experience in a concise, entertaining and direct manner while inviting the reader to delve deeper into the topics through citations, references and suggested sources. Anyone who has studied social psychology knows that stories are on of the most powerful information dissemination mechanisms. If you read or listen to a story and instinct tells you it is correct than the author is probably on to something. Keep drawing on your experiences, keep enticing people to learn... Well done.
Nikos Kryvossidis
Nikos Kryvossidis
CTO at Racing Post
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A very interesting book has just been published by Rorie Devine => http://bit.ly/CTOCIOBible Highly recommended!
Ian Woosey
Ian Woosey
CIO Clarion Housing
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Some really excellent thoughts in here, well worth a read by anyone involved in a technology leadership role. Thanks Rorie.
Rich Phillips
Rich Phillips
Consulting CTO
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Not a long book but, packed with sound advice and tips from the author's own deep and varied experience as a consulting CTO. Reading a book cannot make a person a great CTO or CIO, but a good one like this can certainly help put the aspiring professional on the right path, act as a starting point for further research, and help avoid the common pitfalls.
Louise
Louise
CEO Energy Trading
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Found this book really helpful. Lots of ideas and advice that got me thinking as well as practical examples of successful strategies and advice on how to manage complicated projects. Highly recommend.
Loana Wurzel
Loana Wurzel
COO
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Brilliant! Fantastic insight into what it takes to be a successful CTO or CIO. I love the way it is set up in easy to read sections and it works really well on a phone. It even manages to bring humour into being a CTO which must be difficult. Read it even if you're not a CTO any modern leader would benefit from reading this book!
Ade McCormack
Ade McCormack
Digital Readiness Institute
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Congratulations Rorie. Nice format. Easy to read. Clear direction.
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