How To Become An Outstanding CTO

Are you are a senior tech professional, a new CTO interested in growing your skills, or an entrepreneur looking to grow your business and create a robust management team? Then this is the course for you! 

I will help you become an outstanding CTO by acing your first 30 days in the role. You will learn how to onboard yourself, create robust processes, conduct risk assessments, create value, detect common planning mistakes… and much more!

Here’s What You’ll Get

Training Lectures

Video Lessons


Days of Advice



Training Details

I will start by helping you get into the right mindset for the role. You will learn how to on-board yourself, how to connect with your team, and how to show up for work asking the right questions.

Then, I’ll teach you how to gain situational awareness. You will learn how to identify your stakeholders and find out what they expect. We will also look at how your team creates value, and what the stakeholders expect from you and your team. 

Finally, I’ll help you sort out your agile process. I will show you an idealized agile development cycle that you can compare with your reality. This will help you find and address weaknesses quickly and get your team to a higher level.

Name: How To Become An Outstanding CTO.

Format: self-paced.

Content: training lectures and video lessons.

Requirements: Intermediate or advanced tech professional. 

Support: Slack channel.

Associated certification: none.


Sneak Preview

Check out this complimentary lecture in which I will show a handy trick for new CTOs to identify their stakeholders in the organization. The stakeholders are the people who directly or indirectly influence the CTO in the organization.

Training Curriculum


Course Introduction

Week 1: Get Off To a Good Start


Day 1: Get Your Act Together

Day 2: Don´t Underestimate The Job

Day 3: Onboard Yourself

Day 4: Get to Know Your Team

Day 5: Set Up Your Toolbox


Week 2


Day 6: Pick Your Agile Method

Day 7: Build Your Speed-Dial List

Day 8: Is Anything On Fire?

Day 9: Write Down Your Ambitions

Day 10: Hit The Ground Running


Week 3: Gain Situational Awareness


Day 11: Enjoy The Honeymoon

Day 12: Who Are Your Stakeholders?

Day 13: What Matters To Your Stakeholders?

Day 14: What Matters To Your Team?

Day 15: How Does Your Team Create Value?


Week 4


Day 16: How Does Value Flow In Your Organization?

Day 17: What Does Your Team Have To Prove? 

Day 18: What Do You Have To Prove?

Day 19: Define Your Goals

Day 20: Create Your Plans


Week 5: Build A Well-Oiled Machine


Day 21: Map Your Servers

Day 22: List Your Application Licenses 

Day 23: Check Out The Backlog

Day 24: Sprint With The Team

Day 25: Review The Build Process


Week 6


Day 26: Hold a Fire Drill

Day 27: Test The Helpdesk 

Day 28: Test the QA Department

Day 29: Do a SWOT Analysis

Day 30: Update Your Plan


In Conclusion

What you’ve learned

Sign Up For This Training

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Once we have received your payment, you will receive an email within minutes with a link to access the online training platform.

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“Great content, these are the things you know you need to do to become successful in you job. Mark does a great job of providing a framework you can use everyday.”

Otieno Julie, online student

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a classroom training?
A classroom training is a live event in which I will present the training lectures and help you complete the lab exercises. You will be sharing the classroom with your colleagues and learn together as a group.
Where is a classroom training conducted?
Depending on your needs, classroom trainings can be conducted on-site at your place of work, in a fully-equipped classroom at a training agency, or online in a multi-day Microsoft Teams or Zoom session.
Who should attend a classroom training?
A classroom training is ideal for tech professionals who can commit to full days of learning and want to learn together as a group.
How am I supported in a classroom training?
I will continuously support you live, because we’ll both be in the same physical or virtual classroom together.
What is a Microsoft training?
A Microsoft training is an official classroom training course from the Microsoft training catalog that will teach you essential tech skills and prepare you for a certification exam.
What's included in a Microsoft training?
You will receive online course content, access to an Azure sandbox environment, lab exercises, a practice exam and an exam voucher.
How long do I have access to a Microsoft training?
You have unlimited access to the training content, 180 days access to the lab environment and 30 days of access to the practice exam. The exam voucher is valid for a year.
How can my team and I attend a Microsoft training?
Please provide your requirements in the form on the training pages and I will contact you as soon as possible to plan and set up your training.
What is an online training?
In an online training you can study the training lectures and work on the lab assignments in your own time and at your own pace. You can spend as many or as little hours per week as you want on the training. This training format is ideal for tech professionals who have irregular work hours and cannot commit to a classroom training.
What's included in an online training?
You will receive prerecorded online video lectures, text lectures, multiple-choice quizzes and homework exercises.
How am I supported in an online training?
You are supported through email, and you can also book a 30-minute video support call with me if you want. I will help you with the training lectures and lab exercises and get you ready for your certification exams.
Who should attend an online training?
An online training is ideal for tech professionals who want to set their own learning pace and prefer to work independently with a bit of guidance and support throughout the training.
Are you a certified trainer?
Yes. I started classroom training in 1997 and obtained my Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) credential in 2005. I currently have more than 25 years of training experience.
What is the maximum size for a classroom training?
It depends on the size of the classroom, the team and the complexity of the subject. But typically, groups of up to 15 students work best. If you have a larger group, it's best to split them over multiple training sessions.
Can you provide training in a non-English language?
Yes, I am fluent in English, Dutch and German thanks to a multilingual upbringing by my international family. I can provide any training in all three languages.
Will you travel to my country to provide a classroom training?
Yes. I am based in Amsterdam and often travel abroad to provide classroom training in other countries. I love meeting my students on-site, no matter where they live.