Advising Emerging Product and Tech Executives Beyond Technology
YOU ARE A NEW RISING EXECUTIVE who was promoted to VP Engineering/CTO or VP Product/CPO. Congratulations! You are leading one of the most expensive and impactful departments in the company—a big responsibility.
However, when given aggressive business goals, the right way of work is crucial. From setting SMART goals, building a prioritized roadmap and optimal organization structure, getting buy-in from executives, giving to business stakeholders transparency to many more.
This is where our Technology Executive Advisory (TEA) comes in.
Helping Tech Executives Deliver Greater Results
The technology market has been evolving at an exceedingly fast pace over the last few years. Technology executives have had the primary challenge to properly manage the different aspects of development which are beyond just the technology.
We’ve spoken to many leaders, and they found these specific challenges:
- Flawed or too many goals to chase; leading to hard work with little impact
- Roadmap is not impactful enough and poorly prioritized—also creating little impact
- Lack of transparency between the tech organization and business stakeholders—creating internal mis-trust
- Tech organization structure is not always set optimally to achieve business goals, with some tech executives reluctant to do the reorganization—even if it’s absolutely necessary
- Challenging to get buy-in from executive team; business stakeholders cannot speak the tech language and the tech executive should learn to speak the business lingo
- Building and retaining strong, highly performing tech organizations or teams is difficult
Many critical capabilities are required to succeed in tech executives roles, in addition to technology professionalism. Building leadership capabilities beyond technology to address these challenges, is exactly how our Tech Executive Advisory will help.TALK WITH A CLIENT SUCCESS PARTNER TODAY TO GET STARTED!
Executive Advisor Highlight: Boris Korenfeld
Global CTO, Tech Leader and Trusted Partner
Boris Korenfeld is a highly experienced tech industry professional and leader, with experience in companies such as Google, Gett Taxi, HP Software, and OpenWeb. He has solved multiple overarching challenges for these organizations, including R&D Scaling (from 70 – 200 global team members), departmental processes/methodologies, organizational architecture and more—ultimately enabling change management for multiple companies around the world.
Executive Advisory Video Overview
Check out the videos below to learn more about the Tech Executive Advisory, how each core tech and business
challenges that current executives face are addressed and the types of leaders this advisory best serves.
Critical Advisory for VP of Engineering/CTO, VP of Product/CPO
Addressing Lack of Transparency, Organizational Alignment
Boris’ Past Experience as a VP of R&D; Needing Expert Advice
Executive Advisory Tracks
Sphere offers tech advisory via one—or both—tracks below; depending on your organization’s immediate needs, current stage of growth and overarching business goals.
R&D and Business Alignment
Enabling seamless collaboration between business, product and tech teams across the entire organization
Creating organization-wide tech goals (derived from overarching business goals) and setting proper KPI measurement instruments
Establishing stakeholder visibility into the tech investment via OKR's, visualization of product roadmaps and establishing processes to ensure product quality
Organization and Team Structure
Creating hyper-functional technology teams with minimum dependencies and bottlenecks
Building cross-functional and independent departmental teams with business goal independence of at least 85%
Founding or restructuring of the technical team organization to be scalable/modular, adoption of successful team org methodologies and processes
Bringing on managers and individual contributors to the team, based on established Situational Behavioral / WHO methodology
Building personal growth development plans for existing team members, and creating opportunities to identify and retain top talent
Working With Sphere: Our Global Partners
Great work comes from great partnerships, and some of our partners are among the best companies in their industries. Our partners’ brightest minds worked with our own: Sphere’s senior engineering, development and leadership talent to create solutions that redefined their business.
But, you don’t have take our word for it. Hear it straight from our world-class partners.
Gett is the European market leader of on-demand mobile transportation, delivery and logistics. They worked with our team to create an online, API-based system to accept and process delivery orders from the multitude of vendor partners.Find out more
Groupon is a world-leading experiences marketplace, allowing consumers to discover fun things to do and local businesses to thrive. They approached our team to build a self-service API, enabling third-party providers to integrate with Groupon 50% faster.Find out more
CreditNinja is a leading online lender offering more affordable personal loans for borrowers with low credit scores. They worked with our developers and database engineers to create a loan approval workflow, including custom integrations with their third-party services.Find out more
Proclivity Systems is a leading, smart advertising platform that connects brands to healthcare professionals and patients. We worked with Proclivity Systems to help create their core LayerRx platform; utilizing our comprehensive analytics and engineering experience.Core Capabilities
- Software Development
- UI/UX Design
- Data Analysis
- Data Engineering
Success Highlight – Pangea Universal Holdings
Pangea approached us to assess their current utilization of internal and external developer resources towards optimizing development velocity and business goal alignment.
Sphere was brought on to specifically address the following key pain points:
- Top leadership visibility towards progression of development towards business/product goals and creating revenue-driving features faster
- Cost Efficiency versus Growth: Addressing concerns such as “Not growing fast enough” and “Unable to scale our teams to the project effectively”
- Co-mingled Resources: single individuals typically wear many “hats” / have inter-dependent responsibilities and manage different aspects of the product
We conducted a multi-week workshop with Pangea, conducting interviews with each stakeholder and their various development teams to identify weaknesses in their current organizational structure.
The end result was the execution of a transition plan: an accelerated plan of action how to get their internal and external teams to their end state within a few months.
- Creating a squad-based model, with minimum interdependencies and with each team having uniquely-defined goals and deliverables that all directly contributed to the main project
- Employing a separate Sphere-based squad under the same model
- Directly assisting with the transition—providing expert advisory to Pangea’s leaders to achieve re-organization
Talk with Our Tech Executive Advisory Board
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The digital acceleration of your organization starts here; talk with our board of CTO’s, Senior Developers and other executives to initiate and accelerate change in your technology strategy today.