“Our gro.team interim CTO had great vision and blended this with his experience of leading people and transforming technology architecture to add business value."
Mike PhillipsFounder & CEO broadbandchoices.co.uk
“We needed someone to help us nail our digital transformation and gro.team found us a brilliant interim CTO. They very quickly got hold of the project and made sure it started delivering value. I'm not sure what would have happened without them. You can't put a price on experience I guess."
“gro.team helped bring urgency, clarity and delivery to one of our business critical initiatives working *with* us not *for* us. I would definitely recommend them"
Robin SpiraCTO Fanduel
"gro.team are helping us think about, and manage, our growth in a more structured way. They have a huge amount of experience helping companies grow and scale and I would highly recommend them."
Eleonore Dresch Founder and CEO cultureWhisper
“gro.team have been amazing. They have been really customer focused and have connected us with someone with very deep experience in the areas we need. They have shared the cost savings from remote working with us so they are actually very cost effective as well…”
Loraine BautistaCOO amzLenders
“gro.team have been brilliant. They have really helped us iterate our strategy towards one delivering both tactical improvements and big picture strategic shifts. I would definitely recommend them"
Lucy WalkerDirector IT Facilities and Finance
“I’ve been working with a gro.team mentor coach and have really appreciated and valued their expert advice. I would definitely recommend them for technology business leaders who want to progress their career.
Mark TindalHead Of Integration And Development
“I’m really impressed with our gro.team person. He is a very likeable guy, has built great relationships and has earned respect from both hands-on technical and board members - which is not easy to do…”
"I've really found the coaching with gro.team super useful. Their track record shows they know what they are talking about and you get straight talking and no nonsense goals."
“There are a lot of "coaches" out there that haven't actually achieved anything. It's not the case with gro.team - they are all awesome people you can really learn from.”
"I can't recommend my gro.team mentor enough. She understands what it takes to be successful in today's world and has helped me no end."
Marieke RittterFounder And CEO
“gro.team are helping us growth hack our brilliant new app Mi Purpose to world domination! They are the real deal and I’m so glad I’m working with them.”
"At very short notice we asked gro.team for an interim CTO and they managed to supply someone who was perfect for what we needed. I would wholeheartedly recommend them and would definitely use them again.”
"gro.team are really helping us growth hack our start up Workteam. Their experience helping other companies grow and be successful is really proving invaluable."
Simon BatesFounder And CEO
“We’ve been using a gro.team CTO remotely and we have been really pleased with the results. We just could not find anyone with the experience we needed locally so gro.team made sure we could still execute our change agenda. First class people with first class attitudes."
Sally DeferentBoard Member
“The gro.team interim cdo we worked with was top drawer. She really had been there and done it before and her experience was very relevant to us. Loana at gro.team also took the time to make sure that the chemistry was really right with our interim. I have recommended gro.team many times and would do so again."
Allan WilliamsSerial Founder
“Digital transformation is tricky so we needed top tier talent. Our gro.team interim CDO was just that - pragmatic, likeable, effective and great at bringing the urgency clarity and delivery that gro.team promise. We would use gro.team again in a heart beat."
"Ops should run like a well oiled machine and gro.team helped us achieve that. Our gro.team interim coo was great, we really needed a straight shooter like him.”
Steve RawlingsManaging Director
“Our founding team lacked deep Ops experience so we gave gro.team a call. They sent us a short list of top interim COO's the same day (thanks Loana!) We phone interviewed the next day, interviewed face to face the day after and had an awesome interim coo in the leadership team within 2 days. True story!"
“As well as we were doing we needed to move faster. Ops really is the new Tech battleground in eCommerce and gro.team helped us work with a superb interim COO. His experience was invaluable."
“We were making too many mistakes and letting our customers down so we beefed up the Exec team with a gro.team interim COO. Job done - it was great to get another grown up in the leadership team."
Martine NewcombeAgile Coach
Hiring technical people is tricky because technology change is a creative process and objective measures of the quality of technologists are difficult…
Like with any role, though, what you probably want is a technologist with great attitude and great aptitude.
For a technologist you need to hire across these three dimensions;
1) Great technical ability – this is essential but don’t make the common mistake of thinking it’s the only important thing. It is necessary but not sufficient.
2) Ability to work in a team – there are enough good technologists out there to make sure that you don’t need to compromise on this one.
Don’t hire “brilliant jerks”. As The CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, put it “Do not tolerate brilliant jerks. The cost to teamwork is too high”.
3) An impact focus – presumably you’re hiring a technologist because you want some kind of impact.
Make sure you hire people who judge their effectiveness on the results of what they do – not the quality of their analysis, fullness of their investigations or whatever.
OK – so how do you interview a technologist for these things?
We tend to do three “screens” looking at these three criteria before any face-to-face interviews are set up.
A) CV/Resume screen – Look at the CV/Resume with these three dimensions in mind.
B) A 15 minute “attitude” phone screen.
C) A 15 minute “aptitude” (technical skills) phone screen – Ideally one of your existing technologists would do this but services like HackerRank are emerging if that’s not possible.
During the attitude phone screen ask them these sort of questions..
i) If you were to interview a technologist what would you look for?
This checks 1) , 2) and 3) above. Do they aspire to having great technical skills?
Do they relate value to impact? Do they understand that software development is a team sport?
ii) If you’ve had a good or bad day at work what kind of things might have happened that day?
This checks 2), 3) and 1) indirectly.
iii) What has made you successful so far?
1) and 3) and implying 2) gets a bonus point.
If your potential technologist passes these three filters then they are “good to go” for the face-to-face stage.
It’s not easy to interview a technologist but this kind of approach has worked pretty well for us and enabled us to work with some truly great people.
At the end of the day there is nothing more motivating then that…
COO & Chief Talent Officer
Give Loana a shout if you need talent or are talent we should have in our network. If you’re the sort of person that has a huge impact wherever you go she wants to hear from you…
Call or drop Anna a line if you need advice about the services we offer or you might need…suggestions/feedback always welcome…no matter how wacky or off the wall!
Francesca mostly focuses on client happiness these days so ping her if you are happy/unhappy with what we’re doing/could be doing/should be doing…she loves sorting things out!
Give Rorie a shout and let him know what you think…he really does feel that listening to current and potential clients is the best use of his time and it gets him out of doing the admin…
Ping Josh with any comments/questions/issues with gro.team’s web or mobile sites..Josh loves nothing more than talking about cool UX stuff he should look at…