“The product needs to have it’s own independent voice, it can’t just be there to serve development.”Paul Johansen, CTO

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[x_text]Welcome to Driving Change where we go for a drive with leading technology executives and dig deep into their beliefs, habits, routines, and influences.

Today we take a ride with Paul Johansen CTO of Edmentum and discuss a variety of topics from the role of the CTO, product management, hiring, technology talent, advancement, and balance.

In this Episode:

2:02 What is Edmentum?

3:08 Defining the role of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

4:20 Why the role of the CTO is becoming more prevalent today.

5:37 Taking a look at the evolving role of the CTO

6:51 Discussing how to find great software product management and software development talent.

7:58 The success of moving from offshore software development to fully in house software development.

10:00 The what and how of propelling to the role of the CTO.

11:09 Changing of beliefs while moving through career.

12:02 Personal productivity apps – The love of OneNote.

12:49 Balancing work, life, and personal as a technology leader

13:25 Books of influence –  The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable – by Patrick Lencioni

14:14 THE QUESTION OF THE SHOW

Paul would like to know what problems are other CTOs trying to solve and what is their process for solving the problem. What problem are you trying to solve?

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Produced by Jeff Martin of Collective Genius[/x_text]

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