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
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.
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.
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...
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!
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...
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.
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!