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Great technical leadership requires more than just great coding skills. It requires a variety of other skills that are not well-defined, and they are not something that we can fully learn in any school or book. Hear from experienced technical leaders sharing their journey and philosophy for building great technical teams and achieving technical excellence. Find out what makes them great and how to apply those lessons to your work and team.
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“Tech Capital is about creating something that enables things that weren’t possible before, that genuinely helps the business and enables other people in your organization, and those are the kind of stuffs that eventually end up paying long term." Aviv Ben-Yosef is an advisor and consultant for tech executives to help them create world-class engineering teams. In this episode, Aviv shared with me in-depth about “The Tech Executive Operating System“, his latest book for first-timers and veteran tech leaders to maximize their leverage, which includes the axioms of tech leadership, producing Tech Capital to drive value vs obsessing about tech debt, shifting the engineers mindset to create impact by adopting “Coders Without Borders“ mentality, moving up the decision stream to increase leverage, how to create impact within the organization, importance of product mastery, and organizational debt. Towards the end, Aviv also explained why we should not forget to put more emphasis on product-oriented engineers, instead of principal engineers who focus solely on just the tech. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:04:50] Tech Executive Operating System - [00:08:00] Why Does the Company Need You - [00:09:40] Executive Leadership is Long-Term - [00:12:30] Tech Capital - [00:14:00] Coders Without Borders - [00:17:49] First 100 Days - [00:20:43] Moving Upstream - [00:25:48] Balancing the Time - [00:32:55] Management by Walking Around - [00:37:06] Creating Impact - [00:39:58] R&D - [00:45:05] Organizational Debt - [00:51:06] Conway’s Law and Microservices - [00:54:15] Product Mastery - [00:55:24] Product 101 - [00:58:29] Less Principal Engineers, More Product Engineers - [01:01:39] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [01:03:48] _____ Aviv Ben-Yosef’s Bio Aviv Ben-Yosef is an advisor, coach, and consultant for executives and leaders throughout the tech industry. In his consulting business, he helps companies worldwide, ranging from day-old startups to Fortune 100 companies. Aviv’s mission is to help create world-class engineering teams that achieve the unthinkable by upgrading tech from a tool to part of the strategy, amassing Tech Capital, and creating Coders without Borders. In his work as a consultant, Aviv has developed a unique approach to aid software organizations’ leadership. Aviv’s online writing has reached over six million readers, and his publishing includes multiple blogs, podcasts, videos, and online courses. He is the author of The Tech Executive Operating System, a book for first-timers and veteran tech leaders who seek to maximize their leverage. Follow Aviv: Website – https://avivbenyosef.com/ The Tech Exec Podcast – https://www.techexecpodcast.com/ LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/avivbenyosef/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/avivby Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/38.
“Lean Inception is about aligning a group of people to be successful. It’s about aligning the vision and the MVP from three different angles: the business, the users, and the engineers, so they align and decide what is the very first step." Paulo Caroli is a Principal consultant at Thoughtworks, co-founder of Agile Brazil, and the author of the best-seller Lean Inception and the recent FunRetrospectives. In this episode, Paulo shared in-depth with me about Lean Inception, its connection with Lean Startup movement, the similarities and differences with Design Sprint, how to create a good product vision, MVP canvas, and also the importance of shifting our mindset from project to product. In the second half of our conversation, Paulo shared his latest contribution, FunRetrospectives, which brings together many techniques to conduct effective retrospectives. He explained the reasoning behind the fun techniques, shared some of those fun activities, and also emphasized the importance of psychological safety and facilitation skills in a retrospective. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:05:43] Lean Inception - [00:08:35] Lean Inception and Design Sprint - [00:14:06] Lean Inception Frequency - [00:17:18] Lean Inception Agenda - [00:20:33] Product Vision - [00:29:41] MVP Canvas - [00:33:50] Fun Retrospectives - [00:38:44] Retrospective Celebration Activities - [00:41:28] Lightweight Environment - [00:44:52] Retrospective Check-in - [00:48:29] Facilitation Skills - [00:50:24] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:52:47] _____ Paulo Caroli’s Bio Paulo Caroli is the author of the best-seller Lean Inception: how to align people and build the right product. His most recent contribution is FunRetrospectives, which brings together numerous techniques to conduct effective retrospectives. As a principal consultant at ThoughtWorks, he helped transform dozens of organisations worldwide. Follow Paulo: Website – https://www.caroli.org/en/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/paulocaroli LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulocaroli/ FunRetrospectives – https://www.funretrospectives.com/ Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/37.
“A high-performing team is one that gets to spend almost all of their time solving interesting problems that move the business forward. Not doing a lot of toil. Not working on things they have to do in order to get to the things they want to do." Charity Majors is the co-founder and CTO of Honeycomb, the observability tools for engineering teams to debug production systems faster and smarter. In this episode, we discussed in-depth about building high-performing teams by having observability and CI/CD as the critical pillars to support it. We opened up our discussion discussing what observability is and how Honeycomb helps to provide observability for distributed systems compared to the other monitoring tools available. Charity then shared her strong views on how to build high-performing teams by focusing on Continuous Delivery, the sociotechnical aspects of the team, and the 5th key metric as her addition to the widely known DORA metrics. Towards the end, we discussed the engineer/manager pendulum, how one should be conscious about it, and that we should not treat going into management as a promotion or a one-way street. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:06:04] Observability and Monitoring - [00:10:52] Observability Mindset - [00:13:08] Implementing Observability - [00:15:09] Observability Pillars - [00:18:35] Honeycomb Overview - [00:20:06] Honeycomb Cool Use Cases - [00:27:02] Writing Custom Database - [00:28:40] Building High-Performing Team - [00:31:20] 15-Min Continuous Delivery - [00:34:45] Testing in Production - [00:36:05] Shipping is Company’s Heartbeat - [00:38:47] Sociotechnical Aspect of Teams - [00:41:01] Good Traits to Look for in Engineers - [00:43:17] The 5th Key Metric - [00:45:51] Engineer/Manager Pendulum - [00:48:45] Effective Manager - [00:54:21] Concerns on Manager/IC Pendulum - [00:55:19] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:56:49] _____ Charity Majors’s Bio Charity Majors is the co-founder and CTO of Honeycomb, provider of tools for engineering teams to debug production systems faster and smarter. Previously, Charity ran infrastructure at Parse and was an engineering manager at Facebook, where she ran next-generation distributed systems at scale. Charity is the co-author of Database Reliability Engineering (O’Reilly), and is devoted to a world where every engineer is on call and nobody thinks on call sucks. Follow Charity: Twitter – https://twitter.com/mipsytipsy LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/charity-majors/ Website – https://charity.wtf/ Honeycomb – https://www.honeycomb.io/ O11ycast – https://www.heavybit.com/library/podcasts/o11ycast/ Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (incl. quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/36.
“One of the technological opportunities that we have taken during the pandemic has been transforming the mindset to thinking on products, to thinking on platforms. And I think that’s the foundations of the super app." Pablo Sanz is the CTO of AirAsia. In this episode, Pablo shared with me the tough challenges that AirAsia had to go through during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and how it has to pivot and transform in order to survive. He explained what the AirAsia leadership team did to align the company vision and steer the business and technology roadmaps during the challenging situations while keeping the people’s morale high. Pablo also shared the recent AirAsia ambition and transformation as a company from being a traditional airline company into becoming a digital platform and ASEAN super app, and how he envisioned to build a data-driven product engineering culture within AirAsia and to continue coming up with innovations based on data-driven hypotheses. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:05:09] Changing Career into Tech - [00:07:08] AirAsia Recent COVID Challenges - [00:11:18] Transforming Into Super App Platform - [00:14:03] Aligning Vision - [00:18:31] AirAsia Data Platform - [00:21:02] Aligning Technology Roadmap with Business - [00:27:07] Keeping The Morale High - [00:29:35] Critical Things of a Super App - [00:33:24] Integrating with Partners - [00:35:38] Frequency of Deployments - [00:38:59] Data-Driven Product Engineering Culture - [00:40:45] From Gut-Based to Data-Driven - [00:42:50] Recent Interesting A/B Tests - [00:46:30] Embracing Innovation Mindset - [00:48:19] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:50:52] _____ Pablo Sanz’s Bio Pablo Sanz is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at AirAsia. He is a product and technology enthusiast, leading an awesome team to scale all product, design, engineering, and data, while transforming an airline into the definitive ASEAN super app. Follow Pablo: LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/pablo-sanz-69409619 Email – pablosanz@airasia.com Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/35.
“Developer productivity is not lines of code written. It’s not the number of commits. It has to do with the ultimate problem you’re solving and the users that you’re solving it for." Beyang Liu is the CTO and co-founder of Sourcegraph, a developer tools company that brings universal code search capability for developers. In this episode, Beyang shared with me his perspective about developers’ productivity and how we should go about measuring developers’ productivity, including the danger of measuring productivity by using proxy metrics. We then discussed the rationale for universal code search and why he thinks there is a massive need for it to increase developers’ productivity, borrowing from his experience working at Google, and especially to cope in the current era of “Big Code”. Towards the end, Beyang shared how individuals can improve their personal developer productivity and what the future state of developer tools would look like. Also, listen to some of the Sourcegraph cool use cases that Beyang shared based on the feedback given by his customers. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:04:53] Developers Productivity - [00:07:47] Measuring Developers Productivity - [00:12:15] The Danger of Proxy Metrics - [00:16:51] Productivity in Enterprise vs Startup - [00:23:40] Rationale for Code Search - [00:26:54] Code Search Case Studies - [00:33:16] Other Useful Developer Tools - [00:38:32] Ex-Googler’s Guide to Developer Tools - [00:42:20] Improving Personal Developer Productivity - [00:46:07] Future State of Developer Tools - [00:49:32] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:54:28] _____ Beyang Liu’s Bio Beyang is the CTO and cofounder of Sourcegraph, a developer tools company bringing universal code search to every developer in open source and every software organization, including leading companies like Uber, Dropbox, Yelp, PayPal, Cloudflare, and more. Follow Beyang: Twitter – https://twitter.com/beyang LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/beyang-liu/ Website – https://beyang.org Sourcegraph – https://sourcegraph.com/ Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/34.
“Simplicity is an experience that makes things easy for users that leaves positive emotions." Jin Kang Møller is an award-winning customer experience strategist, design practitioner, and the author of “The Simplicity Playbook for Innovators“. She was the driving force behind FRANK by OCBC and OCBC OneWealth app that won her a Singapore Good Design Mark Gold award in 2017. In this episode, Jin shared with me her insightful perspectives on simplicity and how simplicity naturally leads to innovation. She shared with me in-detail her powerful framework, “Simplicity Diamond“, that is extremely powerful to help us embrace simplicity in dealing with different aspects of business practices, products and services. She also shared her point of view on agile and design thinking, and how we can combine both methodologies together in order to solve the right problems for our customers and users. And don’t miss her fun sharing on “pain sponge” that provides a great mindset analogy for delivering better customer experience! Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:06:08] Challenges Introducing Customer Experience - [00:11:38] Simplicity - [00:16:24] Simplicity Drives Innovation - [00:18:31] Simplicity Diamond - [00:23:04] Get Fueled by Empathy - [00:29:01] Dancing with Complexity - [00:35:20] Focus - [00:38:33] Speak Human - [00:43:12] Designing Lovable Experience - [00:46:54] How to Embark on Simplicity Journey - [00:52:01] Personal Simplicity - [00:54:00] Agile and Design Thinking - [00:55:42] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:59:12] _____ Jin Kang Møller’s Bio Jin Kang Møller is an award-winning customer experience strategist, design practitioner and highly-acclaimed executive trainer. She held design leadership positions to creative value and bottom-line impact for twenty years in the large financial services firms such as OCBC Bank in Singapore and Credit Suisse in Switzerland, and has led user experience consulting services for pharmaceutical companies. Her design methodologies have helped wealth management, private & retail banking and insurance businesses to drive successful customer experience and digital transformation initiatives, and won her a Singapore Good Design Mark Gold award in 2017. She is the author of The Simplicity Playbook for Innovators, a battle-tested strategy and the collection of tools to drive innovation, humanise digital transformation and to win customers’ hearts. Follow Jin: Website – https://designfulcompany.com/ LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jinkangmoller Twitter – https://twitter.com/JinZwicky Design Thinking, Innovation, Leadership at SMU Academy – https://academy.smu.edu.sg/design-thinking/about/index.html Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/33.
“The CIO is a person who uses IT to facilitate and enable a company so that it becomes more competitive, and it becomes more profitable." Alex Siow is currently a Professor in the School of Computing at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Director of NUS’s Advanced Computing for Executives. With a career that spans over four decades, Alex Siow is well-known as Singapore’s first CIO in the 1990s. He recently published a book, “Leading with IT: Lessons from Singapore’s First CIO”, which is written for the next generation of CIOs, CTOs, and other executives who work closely with technology that offers practical tips, case studies, and personal insights that shed light on the central competencies required of CIOs. In this episode, Alex shared with me his insights on the important role of a CIO, the traits of a good CIO, and how a CIO manages priority, risk and governance. Alex also shared with me his inspiring leadership philosophy and the true essence of servant leadership. Towards the end, Alex shared his views on the future of technology and remote working. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:04:52] “Leading with IT“ Book - [00:09:43] Role of CIO - [00:12:57] CIO and Other Title Variants - [00:14:46] CIO’s Job of Supporting the Business - [00:16:50] Good CIO Traits - [00:18:41] Aligning Business Vision, Mission, and Values - [00:21:48] Keeping Up With Technologies and Talents - [00:24:49] CIO Time Organization - [00:28:47] On Prioritization - [00:32:13] Managing Governance - [00:33:51] Outsourcing - [00:36:35] On Grooming Technical Leadership - [00:39:49] Leadership Philosophy - [00:42:24] Servant Leadership - [00:44:07] Future of Technology - [00:45:04] Remote Work - [00:48:44] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:50:31] _____ Alex Siow’s Bio Prof Alex Siow is currently Professor (Practice) in the School of Computing, NUS and concurrently Director of the Advanced Computing for Executives Centre, the Strategic Technology Management Institute (STMI) and the Centre for Health Informatics. Prof Alex’s expertise is in IT Governance, Project and Portfolio Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Management of Emerging Technology, Technology Roadmap Planning and Cloud Security. Alex recently published a best-selling book, “Leading with IT: Lessons from Singapore’s First CIO”, which was released in January 2021 by John Wiley and Sons. Follow Alex: LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-siow-5213b4/ Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/32.
“Your digital agenda is your business agenda. You got to be very deliberate and intentional about your transformation journey. You do it because it’s the right thing to do, and you got to figure out what is that right thing for your organization." Johnny Wijaya is the Head of Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon APAC Innovation Center. In this episode, we learn from Johnny the sustainable innovation story at BNY Mellon, being an internationally renowned financial institution for over 237 years. Being at the forefront of innovation within the bank, Johnny shared the latest BNY Mellon digital innovation journey and the challenges that the bank had to overcome to rewire the legacy mindset and culture within. Johnny elaborated further what it means to be digital at BNY Mellon, its innovation playbook, and his advice on digital transformation. He also shared his personal transformation journey that he had to go through to put the innovation mindset at his core, which plays a critical part in his successful innovation leadership. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:04:45] BNY Story of Innovation - [00:13:08] Challenges to Innovation - [00:16:30] Dealing with Legacy Mindset and Culture - [00:21:47] Advice on Digital Transformation - [00:23:57] What It Means to be Digital - [00:26:39] Innovation Playbook - [00:28:46] Importance of Integrating with Ecosystem - [00:32:46] Transforming Personally - [00:36:54] COVID Innovation Acceleration - [00:38:10] BNY Innovations - [00:40:14] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:43:05] _____ Johnny Wijaya’s Bio Johnny Wijaya has over 18 years of experience in business and digital transformation from developing digital innovation strategy, to driving strategic initiatives and blueprint execution. He is currently the Director and Head of BNY Mellon APAC Innovation Center. Being a 237-year-old internationally renowned financial institution, BNY Mellon plays a critical role in providing infrastructure to global markets. Over his 7+ years at the company, Johnny has expanded and strengthened digital capabilities to execute business priorities in APAC. In the last 2 years, he has led the APAC Innovation Center located in Singapore. In addition, he also sits in the BNYM’s Enterprise Innovation Leadership team. This team focuses on driving rapid execution of ideas and concepts while creating an environment that accelerates and promotes product and service innovation. Follow Johnny: LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnny-wijaya-1338605/ Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/31.
“Be the supply to the unmet demand. Things that you could make a huge difference on if only you just go and do it. You don’t need to seek permission. That’s how you end up growing and being noticed." Annie Vella is a technologist with almost two decades of hands-on software engineering and technology leadership experience. In this episode, Annie shared her engineering career dilemma story, why she resisted getting into management early in her career. She highlighted why women get singled out for their people skills and thus get offered management role early in their career. Annie also shared with me her unique approach to helping others grow in their career and skills through self-reflection and storytelling, including some of her favorite self-reflection questions. Towards the end, Annie shared her experience at MessageBird where she led the rapid growth of her team organically within a short time, and the importance of promoting engineering leaders from within. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:06:13] Resisting Management Early - [00:12:25] Tech Career Milestones - [00:17:34] Working with Underperforming Lead - [00:22:37] Women and Early Management Role - [00:26:16] Growing Through Self-Reflection and Storytelling - [00:30:08] Self-Reflection Questions - [00:34:51] Lessons Learned from MessageBird - [00:39:34] Promoting Leaders from Within - [00:46:46] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:50:47] _____ Annie Vella’s Bio Annie Vella is a technologist with a career in hands-on software engineering and technology leadership spanning almost two decades. Having worked in a range of business domains across four countries both remote and on-site, Annie empowers engineering teams to work smarter by cultivating a curiosity mindset, driving engineering excellence and inspiring engineers to grow through self-reflection and storytelling. Annie recently left her role as Engineering Manager at MessageBird in Amsterdam to return to her home country New Zealand, where she has joined Westpac as a Tech Area Lead in Auckland. Follow Annie: LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/annievella/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/codefrenzy Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/30.
“If a user is even reading documentation that a technical writer has produced, they’re probably already annoyed." Helen Scott is a technical writer and Java Developer Advocate at JetBrains. In this episode, we discussed many things about technical writing, such as the technical writer role definition, the traits of a good technical writer, and how to create a good technical content, including a few gotchas that a technical writer needs to be aware of. Helen also shared with me the concept of community mentoring, and how it can be helpful for the mentee, the mentor, and the community altogether. Towards the end, Helen shared some content creation and sharing tips/hacks based on her popular blog post. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:05:46] Technical Writing - [00:10:48] Good Traits of a Technical Writer - [00:14:25] Elements of Good Technical Content - [00:19:59] Inlining Technical Content - [00:25:38] Examples of Good Technical Doc - [00:27:27] Open Sourcing Documentations - [00:29:38] Structure of Good Product Documentation - [00:31:31] Blog Posts to Attract Talent - [00:36:37] Community Mentoring - [00:38:04] Hacks for Content Creation and Sharing - [00:45:25] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:50:24] _____ Helen Scott’s Bio Helen is a Java Developer Advocate at JetBrains. She has over 20 years’ experience in the software industry which has been gained in a variety of roles including developer, technical writer, product owner, and advocacy. Helen is passionate about the journey of learning and discovery. She enjoys challenging herself to learn new tools and technologies and sharing the highs and inevitable lows of that journey through the content that she creates. Helen believes that the role communication plays throughout our personal and professional lives is critical and often overlooked. She strives to put communication front and centre of all her interactions and loves working with and meeting like-minded people. Follow Helen: Website – https://www.helenjoscott.com/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/helenjoscott LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/helenjoscott/ GitHub – https://github.com/helenjoscott Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/29.
“The output of a manager is the output of the manager’s team plus the output of the organization that they influence." James Stanier is the SVP Engineering at Brandwatch and author of “Become an Effective Software Engineering Manager”. In this episode, we explored on how one can become an effective software engineering manager and how to build and run effective engineering teams. We started off by discussing why the tech industry is facing a skill crisis because of the inability of many managers to manage people effectively and the challenges faced by engineers when transitioning to become managers. We then dived deep into the best practices to become an effective manager, such as getting oriented, delegating effectively, letting go of control, and nurturing one-on-ones with your teams. James also pointed out the hardest things that engineering managers have to deal with, which are projects and humans. We then wrapped up with James’ tips on how to handle failures and move forward. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:05:15] Why Writing Engineering Manager Book - [00:09:08] Skill Crisis in Tech Industry - [00:12:34] Individual Contributor Track - [00:15:33] Getting Oriented Tools - [00:17:45] Effective Manager - [00:21:47] Delegating Effectively - [00:27:06] One-on-Ones - [00:32:10] Projects and Humans Are Hard - [00:38:05] On Project Management - [00:40:26] Letting Go of Control - [00:42:24] Balancing Time - [00:46:49] Managing in Startup vs Enterprise - [00:48:29] Handling Failures - [00:50:24] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:51:55] _____ James Stanier’s Bio James Stanier is SVP Engineering at Brandwatch. He has built web scale real time data processing pipelines and teams of people: both are equally challenging. He has written about his experiences on his blog The Engineering Manager, and has turned it into a book called “Become An Effective Software Engineering Manager”. Follow James: Website – https://theengineeringmanager.com Twitter – https://twitter.com/jstanier LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jstanier/ Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/28.
“I truly believe that what set the superstars or people who are very successful is the ability to tell to themselves to quit. Winners quit fast and quit without guilt." Doron Shachar is an Israeli entrepreneur living in Vietnam over the past 12 years and the founder & CEO of Renova Cloud, an AWS and GCP Consulting Partner in Vietnam. In this episode, we looked at the essence of Israeli entrepreneurship as we first learned about Doron’s childhood & education in Israel and how he built valuable leadership skills throughout his years in the scouts and the army. As we unpacked the Israeli’s approach of problem-solving, risk-taking and overcoming failure, Doron then shared how he ventured into Southeast Asia and ended up staying in Vietnam. We discussed how Vietnam is evolving in terms of technology trends and adoption, including how Vietnamese businesses are adopting cloud as part of their digital transformation. Doron also shared some tips on how entrepreneurs should prepare for a successful venture into Southeast Asia. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:05:13] Entrepreneurship in Israel - [00:09:58] Entrepreneurship Advice - [00:16:31] Venturing to Vietnam - [00:19:25] Vietnam Among Other SEA Countries - [00:27:15] Vietnam Differentiators - [00:29:52] Cloud Adoption in Vietnam - [00:33:23] Advice to Succeed in Vietnam - [00:38:23] Upcoming Trends in Vietnam - [00:41:20] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:45:04] _____ Doron Shachar’s Bio Doron Shachar founded Jetview Southeast Asia in 2007 to join the fast growth and development of the Vietnamese mobile and telecom market. Under his leadership, Jetview has become a recognized agency and representative for new services and innovative technologies in the emerging Vietnamese market. In 2017, he founded Renova Cloud, an AWS and Google Cloud Consulting Partner with a highly integrated team of skilled engineers, architect and DevOps, providing services towards transition of the legacy workloads to frontline technologies in Cloud, DevOps and Automation. Doron earned a chemical engineering degree from Shenkar University in Israel and an MBA from Boston University in the US. In addition to being an active volunteer for human rights & quality government in Israel, he is also a passionate runner, swimmer, and fan of rock music history. Follow Doron: LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/doron-shachar/ Email – doron@renovacloud.com Renova Cloud – https://renovacloud.com/?lang=en Jetview SEA – http://www.jetviewseasia.com/ Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/27.
"Most people confuse a technical capability with technology. Ultimately, technology is a technical capability plus the human outcome that it creates." Tim Kobe is a design leader, author, and founder of Eight Inc., a global award-winning strategic design firm also widely recognized as “Apple’s best kept secret”. In this episode, we looked at how successful brands build radical impact by creating ground-breaking human experiences with design. We started off with Tim’s career journey, the founding of Eight Inc., and how he ended up working with Steve Jobs for over 12 years, including coming up with the original design of the iconic Apple’s flagship stores. Tim also shared how he sees Steve Job’s mission to democratize technology and how he helped Apple built a unique branded experience. We then dived deep into Experience Design (XD), starting with understanding the human outcomes to building the strategy and tactics to create value with a unique human experience. We also discussed how Asia is evolving in Experience Design and how COVID has been dramatically changing the world. Tim also spoke about the massive impact of AI & ML that is yet to be witnessed. Towards the end, Tim shared insights about some future trends that he is currently working on to transform the industries and shape the future in human connection from retail, banking, real estate, telecommunication, and even government! Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:06:29] Apple’s Strong Brand & Best Kept Secret - [00:11:55] Apple Stores Concept - [00:16:20] On Steve Jobs - [00:19:39] Experience Design (XD)- [00:21:14] Design Thinking - [00:27:49] Digital Products & Design - [00:28:59] COVID Impact - [00:32:32] AI/ML in XD - [00:37:08] Asia’s Promise & Notable Brands - [00:44:02] The Future Trends - [00:50:21] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:55:01] _____ Tim Kobe’s Bio Tim Kobe is a design leader, author, and founder of the globally recognized strategic and experience design firm Eight Inc. For almost 30 years in design and a leader in Innovation and Branded Experience, Eight Inc. has worked with companies such as Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Nike, Coke, Knoll and Citibank. The firm takes on an interdisciplinary and holistic approach, working across traditional disciplines including strategy, architecture, exhibition, interior design, product, communications and branding. Many projects have received international design awards and have been published across Asia, Europe, and the United States. Eight Inc. has studios in San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, Tokyo, London, Singapore, Dubai, Istanbul and across China. Kobe is a keynote speaker and speaks on topics surrounding design, innovation, technology and business valuation for many internationally known forums. He has been featured and recognized for his work in prominent publications like Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, The Economist, Dezeen and Fast Company. Follow Tim: Twitter – https://twitter.com/TimKobe LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/timkobe/ Email – kobe@eightinc.com Eight Inc – https://eightinc.com/ Our Sponsor Check out Tech Lead Journal cool swags at techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/26.
“When I think about well-crafted software, it’s code that we are not scared to change. The code clearly specifies what it does. When we change one part of it, don’t break the other. You always feel that you are in control. You are controlling the code, not the other way around." Sandro Mancuso is the author of “The Software Craftsman” and co-founder of Codurance. In this episode, Sandro shared his great insights on how developers can become a software craftsman by adopting professionalism, pragmatism, and pride mindset to achieve higher levels of technical excellence. We started off with Sandro’s career journey, how he adopted the software craftsmanship mindset in his career and started the London Software Craftsmanship Community. We then dived deep into Software Craftsmanship, how it relates to agile, and the importance of a well-crafted software. We also discussed his latest work on Software Modernization, the principles behind a successful modernization, the business drivers, and common impediments. In the end, Sandro re-emphasized the importance of pragmatism and how we can improve our pragmatism in our career. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:05:26] Codurance - [00:12:22] Software Crafstmanship - [00:13:10] Software Craftsmanship Manifesto - [00:19:22] Well-crafted Software - [00:22:44] How to Adopt Craftsmanship Mindset - [00:25:47] Software Modernization - [00:33:07] Modernization Business Drivers - [00:36:32] Common Modernization Impediments - [00:40:37] Principles of Successful Modernization - [00:43:19] Improving Our Pragmatism - [00:47:11] Well-crafted Software & Modernization - [00:50:21] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:51:50] _____ Sandro Mancuso’s Bio Sandro Mancuso is a Software craftsman, co-founder of Codurance, author of The Software Craftsman, founder of the London Software Craftsmanship Community and international speaker. Follow Sandro: Twitter – https://twitter.com/sandromancuso LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandromancuso/ Email – sandro@codurance.com Codurance – https://codurance.com Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/25.
“When you recruit an engineer on your team, you actually want to make sure from their first day on, you give them the smoothest entry into your company and help them and assist them in as many ways as you can to become productive as fast as possible." Tanaka Mutakwa is the VP of Engineering at Names & Faces and the founder of the Tech Leadership community in South Africa. In this episode, Tanaka shared with me his best practices for onboarding new technical hires and developers into the team. We started off by discussing tech landscape, startup scenes, and tech communities in Africa (in particular South Africa). Then we dived deep into the onboarding best practices ranging from technical aspects (such as tools and technologies), domain knowledge, and importance of soft skills. Tanaka also shared with me a lifestyle brand/movement that he has been championing called “NoDaysOff”, which has a mission to inspire people to chase their goals and dreams consistently. Listen out for: Names & Faces - [00:06:06] Career Journey - [00:07:31] Tech Landscape in Africa - [00:13:13] Tech Communities in Africa - [00:19:54] Onboarding New Software Engineers - [00:24:26] Pair Programming - [00:31:36] Importance of Documentation - [00:34:15] Domain Knowledge - [00:36:44] Developers Lack of Interest in Business - [00:38:48] Understanding Tech vs Business Constraints - [00:42:40] Importance of Soft Skills - [00:44:36] Tips for Improving Soft Skills - [00:50:01] NoDaysOff - [00:52:31] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:57:12] _____ Tanaka Mutakwa’s Bio Tanaka Mutakwa is the VP of Engineering at Names & Faces. His job is to make everyone in the engineering organisation successful by influencing architectural decisions, establishing best practises, setting work cadences and cultural norms and overcoming the issues that get in the way of the team’s success. Tanaka is also the founder of a lifestyle brand / movement called NoDaysOff and the founder / organiser of the Tech Leadership community in South Africa. Follow Tanaka: Website – https://www.mutakwa.com/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/generalmutakwa LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/trmutakwa/ “The New Developer” newsletter – https://thenewdeveloper.substack.com/ Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/24.
“I always deliver myself against these four things: you should stay true to learning; be curious, understand what is going on; optimize for people, don’t optimize for money; and if you want to do something, there’s only one reason to do it, that you want to do it." Ajey Gore is an Operating Partner at Sequoia Capital India who was previously the Group CTO of Gojek. He helped build a strong Gojek engineering team with his passion, strategic insight, and innovative mindset, which was highly crucial in transforming Gojek to become Indonesia’s first decacorn. In this episode, Ajey shared his deep beliefs and motto of “earn people, not money” in various aspects of his career and life. We started from his sharing of his journey at Thoughtworks and what he learned there that helped shape a lot of his growth and leadership. Ajey eventually made a bold move, starting his startup journey which led him to founding CodeIgnition which was then acquired by Gojek. Ajey shared a lot about his exhilarating challenges and journey in Gojek, which includes the different Gojek scale and stages he went through, crucial technologies, and architecture decisions. He also shared his views about hiring and leadership that played critical parts to Gojek’s success. We also discussed briefly the importance of community contributions and his advice for fresh graduates to succeed in their career. At the end, I asked Ajey a philosophical question on how we should figure out what to optimize for in our life and career. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:08:11] Role in Sequoia - [00:10:36] Impact of COVID for Startups - [00:12:20] ThoughtWorks Journey - [00:14:38] Earn People, Not Money - [00:18:38] Moving to Startup - [00:22:34] Starting CodeIgnition - [00:23:50] Acquired by Gojek - [00:26:47] First Role in Gojek - [00:28:31] Gojek Scale and Stages - [00:30:01] Crucial Technologies and Architecture - [00:34:59] On Hiring - [00:39:14] On Leadership - [00:45:19] Community Contributions - [00:47:58] Advice for Fresh Graduates - [00:49:26] What to Optimize in Life - [00:51:27] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:53:48] _____ Ajey Gore’s Bio Ajey is an Operating Partner - Technology with Sequoia Capital India, based in Singapore. He works closely with Sequoia India and Southeast Asia’s portfolio CTOs and CPOs to provide insight and expertise in building and scaling engineering, data science, product and design functions, and helps them build and mentor high-performing teams across Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Sequoia, Ajey was the Group CTO of Gojek. Ajey earlier founded CodeIgnition, which was acquired by Gojek. He has also served as the CTO for hoppr, which was acquired by Hike Messenger, and was Head of Technology for ThoughtWorks. Ajey has a B. Com degree in Commerce, Mathematics, and Statistics from University of Allahabad and a PG Diploma in advanced software technology/Computer Science from NCST. Follow Ajey: Website – https://ajeygore.in Twitter – https://twitter.com/ajeygore LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ajeygore/ Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/23.
“A retrospective is a time set aside where you are looking at what has happened, you’re appreciating what happened, and you’re learning from what happened. And then you improve the ways of how you’re doing things." Aino Vonge Corry is an independent consultant, agile coach, and the founder of Metadeveloper. She recently published her book ”Retrospectives Antipatterns” that describes the antipatterns and mistakes that she has made from facilitating retrospectives for the past 15 years, and what we can learn to avoid those. In this episode, we had a deep discussion about retrospectives and what we should pay attention to in order to facilitate a great retrospective, ranging from elements of a good retrospective, importance of Prime Directive, cultivating trust, facilitation skills, and coming up with good retrospective outcomes. Aino also shared her interesting story on how she ended up writing ”Retrospectives Antipatterns” and what we can learn from her experience. Towards the end, Aino shared her insights on how we can use retrospective to apply in our personal lives. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:05:24] Teaching the Teachers - [00:10:57] Metadeveloper - [00:13:43] Retrospective - [00:14:48] Postmortem - [00:16:31] Elements of Good Retrospective - [00:17:56] Retrospective Prime Directive - [00:21:51] Trust in Retrospective - [00:23:32] Role of a Facilitator - [00:27:08] Dealing with Different Cultures - [00:30:31] Presence of Managers in Retrospective - [00:32:36] Good Retrospective Outcome - [00:35:21] Retrospective Participation - [00:36:47] Retrospective Preparation - [00:39:12] Retrospective Fatigue - [00:43:16] Retrospective Action Items - [00:45:54] Retrospectives Antipatterns - [00:47:41] Writing Book Tips - [00:50:36] How to Read the Antipatterns - [00:52:06] Personal Retrospective - [00:56:07] 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:57:51] _____ Aino Vonge Corry’s Bio Aino Vonge Corry is an independent consultant, who sometimes works as an agile coach. After gaining her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2001 she spent the next 10 years failing to choose between being a researcher/teacher in academia, and being a teacher/facilitator in industry. She eventually squared the circle by starting her own company, Metadeveloper, which develops developers by teaching CS, teaching how to teach CS, inviting speakers to IT conferences, and facilitating software development in various ways. She has facilitated retrospectives and other meetings for the past 15 years during which time she has made all the mistakes possible in that field. Follow Aino: Website - https://metadeveloper.com Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ainovongecorry Twitter - https://twitter.com/apaipi Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/22.
“Programmers have to come out of their cubicles. Innovative software development doesn’t happen with one person in a cubicle with great ideas. Because it’s not just even about code. Anybody can write code. It’s about what does the code accomplish. And if the code accomplishes something innovative, great!" Vaughn Vernon is a leading expert in Domain-Driven Design (DDD) and reactive software development. He is well-known for his best-selling DDD books and IDDD workshops. In this episode, we discussed many things about Domain-Driven Design and Event-Driven Architecture (EDA). Apart from the fundamentals, Vaughn shared many of his insights around the two, such as why developers should learn more about DDD, the most important aspect of DDD, the benefits of EDA, eventual consistency, event storming, and event sourcing. Towards the end, Vaughn also gave a sneak peek about his new book “Strategic Monoliths and Microservices” and why he wrote it. Listen out for: Vaughn’s career journey - [00:06:44] Domain-Driven Design - [00:16:47] Why DDD can be expensive - [00:21:43] Why developers need to know DDD - [00:23:59] DDD most important thing - [00:27:15] How to start with DDD - [00:30:05] Event-Driven Architecture - [00:32:28] Benefits of EDA - [00:36:00] Eventual consistency - [00:40:13] Event storming - [00:45:22] Event sourcing - [00:49:13] Vaughn’s new book - [00:53:09] Vaughn’s 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [01:00:26] _____ Vaughn Vernon’s Bio Vaughn Vernon is an entrepreneur, software developer, and architect with more than 35 years of experience in a broad range of business domains. Vaughn is a leading expert in Domain-Driven Design and reactive software development, a champion of simplicity, and he is the founder and chief architect of the VLINGO/PLATFORM. Along with his three best-selling books, Vaughn was recently commissioned by Pearson/Addison-Wesley as curator and editor of his own Vaughn Vernon Signature Series. Follow Vaughn: Website - https://vaughnvernon.com/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/VaughnVernon LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/vaughnvernon/ Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/21.
“The most important thing we can do in order to get whatever success we want—build the best product you can. Invest all your energy in making the product absolutely best that you can think of. If you really focus on building an absolutely best product possible, everything else will follow." Arno is an inspiring tech leader with decades of experience in two major creative companies—Apple and Adobe. I’m honored to have him sharing his career journey and passion in this episode. Arno shared his amazing start of his career at Apple, especially when Steve Jobs came back and led the company back to focus, which was the key success factor that brought Apple to where it is today. The entire company had to adapt to Steve Jobs’s new ways of working and to work in an iterative fast paced approach, at the time when Agile was not yet widely known, including how Arno led a complete rewrite of the macOS Finder. Then Arno shared his next illustrious career at Adobe, where he had the opportunities to explore different projects and establish his engineering leadership skills. Arno led an audacious move when he proposed Adobe to open source XMP, a bold action when open sourcing wasn’t common back then. He also shared his lessons in dealing with halted projects, and the perspective that we should embrace when that happens. Arno then shared his invaluable wisdom on how to build products that people love and what to focus on in order to create successful products. Right at the end, Arno shared with me what made him decide to end his career and pursue the things he is truly passionate about. Listen out for: Arno’s career start - [00:08:07] Journey at Apple - [00:11:44] Steve Jobs impact - [00:14:17] Apple’s key success factor - [00:19:08] Working in agile manner - [00:20:40] Building without clear direction - [00:24:38] Tips when revamping product - [00:26:53] How to decide a technical rewrite - [00:30:36] Journey at Adobe - [00:33:00] Contributing to open source - [00:37:18] Dealing with canceled projects - [00:40:33] Director of products - [00:43:56] Building products people love - [00:45:36] Arno’s 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:47:42] Why Arno decided to pursue his passion - [00:53:09] _____ Arno Gourdol’s Bio After a tech career at Adobe and Apple, Arno now travels around the world to capture beautiful landscapes with his camera—living life to the fullest spending time on things he is passionate about. Arno is also an active contributor to some open source projects that he is passionate about. Follow Arno: Website- https://www.arno.org/ Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/arnog/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/arnog Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/arnog/ GitHub - https://github.com/arnog Our Sponsor Are you looking for a new cool swag? Tech Lead Journal now offers you some swags that you can purchase online. These swags are printed on-demand based on your preference, and will be delivered safely to you all over the world where shipping is available. Check out all the cool swags by visiting https://techleadjournal.dev/shop. Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/20.
“With machines, you know there are limitations. You can’t go beyond that. You have to upgrade your machines. Or the technology changes. But with people, the interesting part is: if you get all the parts right, the sum of the parts will be definitely greater than adding them together." Ranganathan Balashanmugam is the co-founder and CTO of EverestEngineering. He is passionate about scaling and leading distributed teams, where most of us can relate to with the remote working becoming a norm nowadays. I had a pleasant conversation with him in this episode to discuss many strategies and thought leadership on how to lead a distributed team by taking parallel from distributed system, overcoming challenges of building a team with different culture, and how to nurture a team. We started with him sharing his career journey and interesting story of him conquering the Mount Everest Base Camp, where he gained some insights and inspiration throughout the trek. Ranga then shared what led him to take his first management role and developed strategies around scaling distribution teams over the years. We then discussed about hiring and onboarding, the concept of orchestration vs choreography when managing a team, and the qualities of an excellent leader. At the end, Ranga also shared about EverestEngineering and its differentiators to ensure good engineering quality for their clients. Listen out for: Ranganathan’s career journey - [00:06:16] Trip to Mount Everest - [00:08:19] How Ranga took management role - [00:12:55] Scaling distributed teams - [00:14:43] Onboarding new joiner - [00:26:23] Orchestration vs choreography - [00:31:01] What makes a good manager/leader - [00:36:41] EverestEngineering - [00:43:13] Ensuring good engineering quality - [00:47:09] Ranga’s 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:52:27] _____ Ranganathan Balashanmugam’s Bio Ranga has worked with globally distributed teams for the last fifteen years. He graduated as a civil engineer and became a developer for nearly eleven years. He worked on web, mobile, and distributed technologies to scale software. Later he picked up operations and engineering management at Aconex, where there were teams distributed in four different time zones. He is currently co-founder and CTO of EverestEngineering, which he scaled the organization to 80+ people in the last two years, in three other regions. He is passionate about scaling and leading distributed teams. Microsoft MVP for Data Platform - 2016, 2017. Experience in building two startups. Speaker at many international conferences and meetups Experience in building distributed high-performance teams and offices. Organizer of one of the top technology meetups - Hyderabad Scalability Meetup. Follow Ranga: Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ranganathanb Twitter – https://twitter.com/ran_than Medium – https://medium.com/@ran_than SlideShare – https://www.slideshare.net/techmaddy Follow EverestEngineering: Website – https://everest.engineering Like this episode? Subscribe on your favorite podcast app and submit your feedback. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For more info about the episode (including quotes and transcript), visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/19.
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