CTO Board

Deck Template

Business leaders want to know that Engineering is:
  • Driving business results
  • Focused on the right projects
  • Predictable
  • Efficient

The Problem

CTOs often face challenges in communicating Operational Excellence and connecting it to overall Business Goals. The reasons for that include:

  • Not included Traditional metrics and trailing indicators such as the number of features, story points, pull requests, or bugs found are difficult to translate into business value.
  • Not included The business and Engineering teams don’t share a common language, leading to important information getting lost in translation.
  • Not included The Engineering team is not being appreciated enough.
  • Not included Lack of tools focusing on leading indicators rather than trailing indicators.

The Solution

The CTO Board Deck Template is a comprehensive guide designed to help CTOs prepare for their next executive check-in with ease and confidence.

  • This template focuses on the KPIs and project updates that matter most to business stakeholders, ensuring that CTOs can effectively communicate their team's contributions to the company's success.
  • It emphasizes leading indicators that monitor the capability of the process, such as predictability, efficiency, rework, and developer happiness.
  • This shift allows CTOs to provide more meaningful insights into the health and progress of their projects, directly linking operational excellence to business goals.

The Engineering Metrics Leaders Want

Engineering Health Overview

Begin with a robust set of engineering health metrics to provide a snapshot of your team's overall efficiency. This section should include insights on:

  • Whether your teams realize their full potential
  • How predictable is the performance of your teams
  • Whether your developers enjoy their work experience

When presenting this information, incorporate any quarterly goals that have been set, and detail how your teams' performance aligns with these targets.

Engineering Investment
& Project Allocation

This visual presentation is crafted to succinctly convey key data points and trends, enabling quick insights and decisions. It's an integral part of your board presentation, particularly resonant with business leaders.

You'll highlight the quarter's key initiatives and projects, and outline your strategic recommendations for the upcoming quarter in terms of:

  • Business impact & Project allocation
  • Benchmarked execution and efficiency metrics
  • Your prescribed guidance on how to move forward with these projects

These metrics serve as leading indicators of engineering performance for the quarter.

KPIs and Efficiency Metrics Deep Dive

After covering overall engineering health and resource allocation, delve into core engineering metrics such as stability and delivery metrics, along with overall quality. Focus on:

  • Developer Happiness
  • Efficiency
  • Predictability
  • Rework

Include data on trends observed during the current quarter, enhancements from previous quarters, and projections for future periods.

Preparing with additional data

Anticipate further questions by preparing a series of index slides.

Examples for deeper dives might include:

  • Collaboration
  • Cognitive Load
  • Scalability
  • Productivity

These topics can provide additional depth and are detailed in the CTO Board Slides index section for further inspiration.

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