As the tech lead of a startup, a founder-CTO faces many tradeoffs allocating his time. The “business founders” want you to be shipping more features — the visible roadmap. But you need to balance that with many other responsibilities:
- Recruiting, managing and retaining the right team.
- Making tech choices, considering their short and long-term implications.
- Setting and automating processes, paying technical debt, stopping fires when they happen, etc.
Those topics are not visible in the roadmap, but if they are not taken care of in time, they can cause big trouble. They are part of the “hidden roadmap”.
At our SaaSCamp, Samuel Fuentes, CTO at Ontruck, led a discussion about managing those priorities. In this article, I’m going to summarize the areas of consensus and try to open the conversation to a larger audience: