I loved this book although the first few pages initially caught me on the back foot as it is so different from what we are used to. Rory has pulled together all the major elements of outstanding IT management and delivery by referencing the source material with his own explanation of why it is useful. So this is truly a read which lets you tick the boxes you already worked on and see what else might be useful out there. Personally I found it highly energising and a great read, I hope you do too.
I’m not a CTO or a CIO but I work closely with many that hold those positions, and this book has given me a wonderful insight into their world, the challenges they face and strategies/tactics they can deploy to be great. The book is easy to read and digest and incredibly informative. Thank you Rorie!
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 highly recommend this book for both CTOs/CIOs at the beginning of their career and for experienced technology leaders on a quest to continuously improve and re-calibrate themselves.
The method of the book is to distil decades of experiences into simple learnings. It’s a cookbook. It creates a mental grid of domains and principles for a technology leader to succeed.
It also provides entry points to deepen your knowledge in specific subjects, always pointing back to the larger context.
Well done. Fun to read.
Very interesting book which provides you with key advice as to how to manage your company and teams as a CTO or CIO. It is solution-focussed. It’s easy to read and can be read in any order. So if you need to know something quick, it’s a great go-to guide. The good thing is that it works on key aspects of management and provides you with fast and straight-to-the-point advice. Highly recommend to professionals with little time on their daily schedules who need a book which they can consult quickly to find a solution or improvement to their current situation.
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.
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!