Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Monday, February 16, 2004
Sex and the CTO!
In this enlightened age we all know that there is no correlation between a person's sex and their mental ability or organizational effectiveness. So, why is it that the ratio of male to female CTOs is 192:8. Or put another way - only 4% of CTOs appear to be women.
Where would I get such a statistic? I have conducted a very unscientific study. Basically, I executed a Google Image search of the term "Chief Technology Officer". Then I looked at the mug shots of the first 200 faces that came up. 192 of these were men, 8 were women.
Of course such an unscientific study is subject to many types of errors. But, the bias of the sexes remains clear even if the number of women is double what one search returned. 184:16 or 8% is still embarrassingly lop-sided.
Check the results yourself: CTO Mug Shots
[Note: Images that did not contain corporate executives in their official pose were not included in the count. These images included marketing graphics, newspaper articles, and dogs.]
Myhrvold on the CTO
[This comment is a little dated ... but still relevant in many organizations.]
"When asked what a CTO is, Nathan Myhrvold, the former CTO of Microsoft and head of its massive research organization, replied, 'Hell if I know. You know, when Bill [Gates] and I were discussing my taking this job, at one point he said, Okay, what are the great examples of successful CTO's. After about five minutes we decided that, well, there must be some, but we didn't have on the tip of our tongues exactly who was a great CTO, because many of the people who actually were great CTO's didn't have that title, and at least some of the people who have that title arguably aren't great at it. My job at Microsoft is to worry about technology in the future. If you want to have a great future you have to start thinking about it in the present, because when the future's here you won't have the time.'"
[Extracted from: http://www.edge.org/digerati/myhrvold/myhrvold_p2.html]
Right Sizing the CTO
[Extracted from: "Maximizing the CTO’s Contribution to Innovation and Growth".]
We have identified five dominant patterns of CTO. These are labeled the Genius, Administrator, Director, Executive, and Advocate. A brief intro to these categories can be seen in the figure below.
[Extracted from: "5 Patterns of the Chief Technology Officer"]