Board Reporting

Andrew Betteley

Andrew Betteley
Operating Partner

It is surprising how often, too littleĀ time is spent discussing technology development at board meetings, even for tech companies. It is worryingly common for the CTO not to report directly to the Board and as such they do not have sufficient visibility of the tech function, shielded from dealing with tech questions or strategy. Additionally, the Technology department not only becomes separated from the rest of the organisation but become unaccountable for their activity.

Left unchecked, an increasing level of discomfort can worsen any misalignment between the priorities of the technology function and overall objectives of the organisation. Input to the Board Pack is the opportunity to ensure that not only is technology featuring on the board agenda but that the right conversation is had.

This paper shows how a well- crafted CTO input to the Board Pack can report on activity, give a forward-looking view of R&D and innovation whilst still addressing the core board interests of performance, costs, and risk.

The attached toolkit includes:

  • The Common mistakes in Board Reporting
  • Key topics should be covered in the Board slides
  • How to clearly outline the impact/risk
  • Structuring forward-looking plan
  • Identifying key Performance Indicators
  • Measuring Product Performance
  • Examples of different Engineering Metrics

About the author

Andrew Betteley

Andrew Betteley
Operating Partner

Andrew began advising Frog in 2019 as Technology Specialist, before joining as an Operating Partner in 2021. He has worked in companies throughout their lifecycle from startup through investment, private equity and onto exit.

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