The Global CTO Survey 2021 is now closed. We're extremely excited to show you the results. Right now we're hard at work analyzing the data and preparing the report. Expect to see it in November.
After filling out the survey, you’ll be the first to know the results. We’ll send you a detailed report with our findings about tech leaders, including:
Find out how the respondents became CTOs in the first place, and how long it took them to get there.
Check how happy your fellow CTOs are with various aspects of their job.
See if you’re behind on adopting standard security measures.
Leadership and hiring
Learn how other CTOs are growing their teams, including their hiring criteria, where they’re finding candidates, and how they’re measuring performance.
Compare your tech stack and skills against other organizations, from programming languages through databases to containerization tools.
Challenges and future trends
Get insights from hundreds of CTOs about what obstacles and opportunities they’re expecting to appear within the next few years.
Training and self-development
Find out how CTOs are keeping their teams’ skills sharp, and how much time they’re devoting to self-growth.
Most of the respondents were Software Engineers and/or Tech Leads in the past; on average, they took on at least two different roles before transitioning to CTO. The median amount of companies respondents worked at before becoming CTO was three.
For 78% of the respondents, becoming a CTO took 5 years or more; 42% didn’t become a CTO until over a decade into their career.
When recruiting, CTOs pay attention to technical skills, culture fit, and the candidates’ knowledge of the technologies currently in use in the CTOs’ projects. Years of experience and salary expectations are much less important.
60% of respondents spend 3 hours or more on educating themselves. 18% spend over 8 hours on self-education.
Programming, software architecture and Agile/Scrum are among the most popular disciplines in which CTOs seek additional education.
The #1 challenge for CTOs was prioritization. The possibilities offered by today’s technological landscape are vast, and CTOs are constantly asking themselves which pies they should get their fingers into.
CTOs typically consider Agile metrics, quality of deliverables, and feedback from peers on soft skills
CTOs reward team members who can code, communicate, and teach others. But they don’t pay that much attention to engagement in hackathons, conferences, or on social media.
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