CHRIS ARMSTRONG

Leadership Coaching for
High-Performing Technical Teams

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.

Services

I offer one-on-one coaching for technical leaders and consulting engagements for team development.

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

Fractional CTO or VP Engineering

Technical talent acquisition and product delivery strategy

Identification and definition of key technical hires, and strategy to recruit, onboard, and retain them — both for initial team building and growth-stage turnarounds. Development of product and engineering processes for efficient definition, execution, and delivery of product roadmap milestones.

Team Workshops and Culture Programs

Talent management & culture development

Identification of team's strengths and weaknesses, and development of programs for retention, leveling, and performance reviews. Coaching and mentorship to equip and empower team members to better understand themselves and their teammates.

Leadership Coaching and Mentorship

One-on-one support for new and experienced technical leaders

Regular coaching sessions (either hourly or on a retainer) to empower leaders to self-reflect on strengths and weaknesses, and develop strategies for equipping and enabling their teams to be successful.

Let's empower your team together!

About Me

Chris Armstrong

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), Algorithmia, and Logixboard.

My passion is to foster 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'd love to work with your team!

Specialties

  • bullet point People-first approach to leadership

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

  • bullet point Experience building highly-distributed remote teams

  • 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

© 2019 Chris Armstrong. You can also find me on LinkedIn.