Customer Success Org Design & Management

Codifying Your Company’s Customer Success Playbooks

Kristi is currently the VP of Customer Success at ClientSuccess and has previously led the function at IntelliShift, BetterCloud, and Sisense. Her specialty is scaling customer success at hyper-growth companies on their way to $100M in ARR. In this playbook, she explains how CS teams can craft repeatable playbooks to handle common scenarios. She lays out four families of CS playbooks: risk, expansion, lifecycle, and objectives.
Kristi Faltorusso
Kristi Faltorusso

Kristi is currently the VP of Customer Success at ClientSuccess, a customer success platform that helps SaaS companies manage customers and reduce churn. She specializes in building out customer success at hyper-growth companies on their way to $100M in ARR, and has built teams with as few as 3 and as many as 36 CSMs. Kristi has previously led Customer Success at IntelliShift, an Industrial IoT and Fleet Operations Management provider, BetterCloud, a SaaSOps platform for IT professionals, and Sisense, a business intelligence software company and is a founding member of Gain Grow Retain, a community for Customer Success Leaders.

Hiring Customer Success Managers

Maranda Dziekonski is currently the Senior Vice President of Customer Success and People Operations at Swiftly, and has previously led customer success and support teams at Lending Club and HelloSign. In this guide, she describes the CSM role, where to look for candidates, and how to screen for judgement, proactive mindset and communication skills in interviews.
Maranda Dziekonski
Maranda Dziekonski

Maranda is currently the Senior Vice President of Customer Success and People Operations at Swiftly, a provider of enterprise software for transit agencies. She’s previously built customer success from scratch four times, growing teams of up to 15-20 CSMs. Maranda has worked at companies like Lending Club, HelloSign, Castlight Health, and Pared. Maranda is also a customer success advisor for organizations including CSM Practice and the University of San Francisco School of Management.

Managing a Customer Success Team

Boaz currently serves as Chief Customer Officer at Talech and has previously led customer success at OpenGov, Mashery, newScale, and FreeMarkets. In this guide, he discusses the role of Customer Success, how to structure a CS team as a company grows, and what metrics to track to measure success.
Boaz Maor
Boaz Maor

Boaz currently serves as Chief Customer Officer at Talech, an SMB point of sale software provider. He’s previously led customer success at OpenGov, a provider of core operating software for local governments, Mashery, an enterprise API management platform (acquired by Intel), newScale, and enterprise ERP4IT sofrware provider (acquired by Cisco) and FreeMarkets, the innovator of B2B reverse auctions (IPO). Boaz has experience launching brand new customer success teams, as well as scaling the function to lead teams of more than 200 across customer success, support, and Professional Services/implementation, and Knowledge Mgt/Training.

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