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33: Build vs Buy and Disrupting Processes

10/9/2018
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We're back after a couple-week break! Don and Randy discuss the ever-debated strategy of building versus buying your software solutions. But they up the ante by discussing how existing workflows and processes are perhaps a bigger consideration than SaaS fees or software development costs

Duration:00:30:28

32: Handling Critical Feature Updates

9/11/2018
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Don's firm recently underwent its first major platform upgrade and we discuss the various ways they prepared, tested, and worked through the changes, all the way up to the dreaded "point of no return."

Duration:00:49:07

Episode 4 - What should a manager do about the Meltdown and Spectre exploits?

1/5/2018
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Randy and Don discuss an item ripped from the headlines: What should a technical manager do about the recent Meltdown and Spectre exploits? They move into the CTO modes of research, understanding, translation, preparation, upgrading, monitoring, and, most of all, not freaking out. Randy requests a bobblehead or plush toy of the Spectre...

Duration:00:42:46

Episode 3 - When best to work on tech debt?

1/2/2018
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Don faced an issue at his education tech firm: When should you slow down forward progress on new features in order to spend time on festering technical issues? Notes Links CaptionPointAspirEDUHOA Done Credits Show music is Dumpster Dive by Marc Walloch, licensed by PremiumBeat.com Closing Reviews on iTunes are always appreciated and help us spread the word about the podcast.

Duration:00:28:11

Episode 2 - Who should I hire to build an app?

12/28/2017
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Randy was posed a question by a potential client: "I want to build an app. Who should I hire?" and he asks the same question to Don. Notes Credits Show music is Dumpster Dive by Marc Walloch, licensed by PremiumBeat.com Closing Reviews on iTunes are always appreciated and help us spread the word about the podcast. Transcript Randy Burgess: Hey Don. Don VanDemark: Hey Randy. Randy Burgess: What has been going on this week? Don VanDemark: Couple things for the two companies I'm...

Duration:00:23:24

Episode 1 - Introducing CTO Think

12/23/2017
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Welcome to CTO Think, a podcast about how technology leaders think about business, tech, and people problems. Don VanDemark and Randy Burgess, two current and former Chief Technology Officers will discuss the various challenges managers face in a product development environment. We'll cover topics such as team-building, product management, scaling, and software engineering decisions. Notes Links AspirEDUAll Aboard AppsHOA Done Closing Thanks for listening to the CTO Think Podcast. If...

Duration:00:04:59