The first 30 days as a CTO or VP of Engineering for SaaS: What you need to know

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Starting a new leadership position can be both exciting and daunting, especially if you’re taking over a product or team that you know little about. The first 30 days are critical for setting the tone and direction of your leadership and establishing credibility with your team and other stakeholders. In this post, we’ll provide a roadmap for surviving and thriving in the first 30 days as a new CTO or VP of Engineering. By Zack Schwartz.

Before diving into your new role as CTO or VP of Engineering for a product or team, it’s essential to gather all the necessary information and assess the situation at hand. Are you stepping into a well-oiled machine where your role is to set a product vision? Further in the article:

  • Fact finding mission
  • Mock tech due diligence
  • Identify the key players
  • Building relationships
  • Defining priorities
  • Developing a plan
  • Communicating effectively

It’s always a bit daunting stepping in as a leader of a group that has been working together for a long time and likely know way more than you do about their product. But hopefully this provides some ideas for how you can get started without spinning your wheels. Good luck!

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