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What are the best resources for non-technical founders to get tech literate?

Shane Willard CEO | Mindfire Technology

July 29th, 2014

Help, I'm not a techie, but I own a tech company...

I would like to gain a solid understanding of software, software development, software development processes (agile, scrum, waterfall, etc.), and quality assurance processes so I will be able to manage my tech team more effectively and understand their issues.

Will Koffel Co-Founder at Outlearn

July 30th, 2014

I'm working full-time with such entrepreneurs these days, in a variety of capacities.  I'm seeing continued evidence for a thesis that you are NOT ALONE! :-)

Basically, all companies have some sort of "tech" component, whether it's a pure-tech company, or whether a different kind of business needs a strong web and mobile component for ecommerce, education, training, hiring, logistics, etc.  More and more entrepreneurs are finding offshore or contract teams to build technical pieces of their organization, or are managing a technical team directly themselves.  But without any technical knowledge, there's a huge language barrier, and frankly a lot of self-doubt and worry about what is "normal" for development practices.

My blog has been suffering as I've been overloaded with in-person work, but will continue to be updated with more resources.  http://www.clearlytech.com/

Shane, I'd love to talk to you more directly, and would love feedback on the kind of stuff you'd like to be learning to help you, so I can be sure to tackle it.  Feel free to reach out.


Eric Sullivan CEO at FoundationLab

July 30th, 2014

I would ask you to be more specific as to what the major pain points you have.  Then maybe we can provide more help.  

Corey Blaser

August 1st, 2014

You should check out pluralsight.com. They are one of the industry leaders in online tech training.

Anonymous

July 29th, 2014

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Bill Korbecki Lead Mobile Architect at HighGround, Inc.

July 29th, 2014

Hi Shane,

Your dilemma seems related to a venture I'm thinking about pursuing.  If you have some time to chat, I'd love to pick your brain a bit about the problems you currently running into.  Feel free to connect with me if you are interested in chatting further.

Ford Englander Quiet Leader/Team Builder/Results Getter

June 8th, 2015

Here's a free video course we put together to help non-technical folks get started understanding web development- http://www.agilityfeat.com/webappdev