In the role of chief technology officer, you have to be concerned with many topics. Some relate to functions you have direct supervisory responsibility for and some in areas that are managed by others but you still need to share responsibility for.
To keep all of a CTO’s concerns organized, I created this mind map using XMind. The items are classified under three major categories: culture, technology, and operations.
The purpose of this mind map are manifold. It serves as a visual job description. It is a map for CTOs to use to prioritize and focus their own work and that of their team members, based on the organization’s needs, the skill sets of the CTO and others. It is also used to identify gaps, both in terms of areas and coverage.
This mind map is a general version for CTOs across industries. You may find it useful to create a version of this specific to your role. I plan to expand this to include more information over time and to keep it current with the technology landscape. If you create versions of this that you are willing to share, please let me know via comments here or via Twitter @rajivpant.