A curated list of various articles related to operations.
Our most recent finds
Scribe - Best Software for Creating Step-by-Step Process Guide in Ops - by Ops Hacks
Have you ever had to create a step-by-step guide to teach someone how to do something? Maybe you have a Google Sheets dashboard that needs to be updated every week and you've had to write out how to do it for someone else.
All about COOs
Lessons from Trouva: How to define the type of COO you need
I met Dimple Patel, chief operating officer at independent boutiques platform Trouva, at the Sifted Summit. We both took part in a COO roundtable where one thing became clear: the job description of a COO varies wildly from company to company.
COO salaries: the data
Chief operating officers (COOs) need bags of organisational acumen, and in many cases are second only to the CEO in a startup's hierarchy. From admin to logistics to office management and HR, it's a role that can vary hugely from company to company, and requires an ability to spin plates like few others.
Second in Command: The Misunderstood Role of the Chief Operating Officer
When Larry Ellison, founder and CEO of Oracle, and his chief operating officer, Ray Lane, parted ways in 2000, the event inspired the kind of breathless reporting usually reserved for celebrity divorces. Forbes.com reporter David Einstein wondered in print, "Did Lane quit or was he fired?"
The Rise of the COO Role
I was excited and also somewhat shocked to discover that my Office Hour with Tomasz Tunguz at Redpoint Ventures last week was their most highly attended one ever! As much as I'd love to personally take full credit for that, I think the attendance spoke to the rising need for the COO role, which was the subject of our fireside chat.
COOs are startups' unsung heroes. Here's how you can empower them.
Operations leaders are the unsung workhorses behind many startups. While other C-suite roles are defined based on the work that needs doing, the chief operating officer (COO)'s role is defined in relation to the chief executive officer (CEO) . But the COO-CEO dynamic can be a double-edged sword.
So you want to be a COO
Why COO? The scope of the COO role No two COO positions are the same The seven COO archetypes Making sense of the startup COO Words to operate by How to become a COO What COOs read Ever since I discovered a natural talent for SET as a five-year-old, I've identified as excellent at pattern recognition.
The Nonprofit Chief Operating Officer
A lone ranger does not drive great results-rather, it is the combined talents of a team of senior executives working together that makes the difference. Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, James Baker and Ronald Reagan, Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes-remarkable leadership is often the result of a remarkable partnership, and a strong second in command is essential to forming a successful leadership team in any organization or endeavor.
What Chief Operating Officers Do
The chief operating officer (COO) is a senior executive tasked with overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of a business. The COO typically reports directly to the chief executive officer (CEO) and is considered to be second in the chain of command.
How to Become a Chief Operating Officer (COO) - businessnewsdaily.com
A COO, or chief operating officer, is typically the second-highest-ranking executive in a company. A COO is in charge of day-to-day operations as well as executing the company's long-term goals. Because they oversee many different departments, COOs must have knowledge of and experience with many different business functions.
The Evolving Role of a COO
The role of COO has a strong basis in critical and strategic thinking and also requires an element of creativity, which means having to switch between your left and right brain throughout the day. During my time as COO, I found myself spinning lots of plates.
How to Become a Chief Operating Officer: Which Type of COO Are You?
Unlike the chief executive officer (CEO) of a company, the chief operating officer (COO) does not occupy a glamour role. If the motives driving your c-suite aspirations include a desire for fame and glory, the COO spot is not for you. You probably want to become the public-facing, idea-generating, power-wielding CEO.
The Seven Faces of a Startup Ops Superhero
Most superheroes have a secret identity, the "ordinary" person behind the mask who in their day-to-day life is a journalist (think Superman's Clark Kent), a school student (Spiderman's Peter Parker), or a billionaire industrialist (Batman's Bruce Wayne; some people get all the luck!).
Make Operations Your Secret Weapon - Here's How
Etsy COO Linda Kozlowski knows an operations leader is critical to the success of a company. Here, she sheds light on the most mysterious role in the C-suite - and how startups can hire and empower the right COO for their company.
Operational efficiency - what's the big deal? - Seccl.tech
At Seccl, we aspire to be honest, inclusive, creative, disruptive, and relentlessly focused on our customers' needs. Sure, many other businesses might say the same - but we have another passion that we don't think is shared widely enough in our industry: efficiency.
The essential skills for a great startup operations manager
An Operations Manager is essential to any startup. Doing odd jobs, answering random questions, taking on small projects that don't fall to any particular team ... countless tasks that don't seem pressing when taken in isolation, but added up are essential to the business.
What does 'operations' mean at a tech startup?
I've been working in 'operations' for a while now and I'm yet to find a consistent definition. I thought it'd be helpful to spell out my interpretation of it and associated terms, for anyone non-technical looking to join a tech startup on the 'business' side of things, with a view to helping you identify roles that suit your skills and interests.
The Business Operations Playbook: How to implement ops in your startup.
If you're part of a fast growing startup it can sometimes feel like your job is to help add floors to a never ending skyscraper. I like the comparison between building a large structure and working at a startup since it fits nicely with my experience at my previous company.
Interviews with Operations Leaders
Transcript of Redpoint Office Hours with Stripe's Chief Corporate Advisor and former COO, Claire Hughes Johnson and Redpoint Managing Director, Tomasz Tunguz by @ttunguz
Travis Bryant: All right, let's get started. Good morning, afternoon, and evening Redpoint community. Great to see a lot of repeat attendees and some new ones. We're excited to continue the Month of Scale here for Redpoint Office Hours. I'm Travis Bryant.
FinOps: A new profession
FinOps, or Finance Operations, is our name for a massive hole in the accounting sector. It's a skill set, perhaps even an entire industry, that is desperately needed, but doesn't yet exist.