CHRIS ARMSTRONG

Technical Strategy
and Leadership Coach

Hello! I’m Chris Armstrong. I’m a seasoned builder of high-performing teams, leveraging a deeply technical background and a people-first approach to leadership. I coach, mentor, and advise entrepreneurs and leaders to help them build healthy cultures and productive teams.

Your Partner in Leadership

From your first technical executive to an experienced team facing tremendous scale, my holistic approach to leadership supports your organization at every stage.

People
People

Recruiting, organizational strategy, and growth

Organizational structure planning, identifying and recruiting key hires, and mentoring and coaching leaders.

Process
Process

Product roadmap definition and execution

Efficient product and engineering processes for efficient definition, execution, and delivery of product roadmap milestones.

Technology
Technology

Architecture, infrastructure, and scalability

Modern DevOps practices and tools for building highly-scalable, self-healing distributed systems.

About Me

I'm a seasoned technical leader of early- and growth-stage startups, often as the first hire focused on engineering leadership and people development. I've had the privilege of building high-performing teams to work on highly-technical products, including JazzHR, Deis/Helm (now part of Microsoft Azure), and Algorithmia.

My passion is fostering the personal growth and professional development of others, so they can flourish personally and professionally. Leveraging my experience building and leading high-performing teams at early-stage startups, I partner with founders, technical executives, and leaders to help them think about technical architecture, product process, and organizational growth. I offer one-on-one coaching with leaders as well as whole-team mentoring and workshops.

I'd love to work with your team!

Chris Armstrong

Services

  • Leadership Coaching check mark

    Coaching and mentoring of CTOs, VPs and other technical leaders who desire a people-first approach to growing their organization.

  • Team Leveling check mark

    Mentorship for technical leaders transitioning from individual contributor positions and coaching for managers growing into larger roles.

  • Recruiting & Culture Development check mark

    Developing and implementing a tailored recruiting strategy and hiring process to identify, attract, and retain key talent. Values-driven culture development to boost morale and prevent attrition.

  • Interim CTO or VP Engineering check mark

    Strategic leadership for new companies or existing teams struggling to execute effectively: defining product process, optimizing organizational structure, and identifying and recruiting key hires for critical phases of growth.

Specialties

  • bullet point People-first approach to leadership

  • bullet point Values-driven recruiting, coaching, and mentorship

  • bullet point Highly-distributed, remote-first company culture

  • bullet point Product management for large open-source projects

  • bullet point Modern DevOps and infrastructure tools and practices

Testimonials

Kevin Merritt

“Chris is a natural leader who will make an immediate, positive impact on your engineering team’s culture and productivity. Teams embrace his collaborative approach and infectiously positive energy, fostering camaraderie built on trust and respect.”

KEVIN MERRITT

Founder, CEO & President,
Socrata

“Chris is a natural leader who will make an immediate, positive impact on your engineering team’s culture and productivity. Teams embrace his collaborative approach and infectiously positive energy, fostering camaraderie built on trust and respect.”

Kevin Merritt

KEVIN MERRITT

Founder, CEO & President,
Socrata

“Chris has been instrumental in bringing structure to our engineering organization. His vision to see the current structure of the company and improving it has led to more scalable work processes, better defined responsibilities, and happier employees.”

KENNY DANIEL

Founder and CTO,
Algorithmia

Kenny Daniel

“Chris has been instrumental in bringing structure to our engineering organization. His vision to see the current structure of the company and improving it has led to more scalable work processes, better defined responsibilities, and happier employees.”

Kenny Daniel

KENNY DANIEL

Founder and CTO,
Algorithmia

Matt Butcher

“Chris has a gift for helping team members discover their goals, passions, and motivations. He identified my team's strengths and set us in motion. I now enjoy working on the most positive, energetic, and collectively intelligent team I have ever worked on.”

MATT BUTCHER

Principal Software Development Engineer,
Microsoft

“Chris has a gift for helping team members discover their goals, passions, and motivations. He identified my team's strengths and set us in motion. I now enjoy working on the most positive, energetic, and collectively intelligent team I have ever worked on.”

Matt Butcher

MATT BUTCHER

Principal Software Development Engineer,
Microsoft

Let's talk about empowering your team!

chris@opstrong.com