Tech Lead Journal

Henry Suryawirawan

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. read less

#118 - Lead Without Blame: Building Resilient Learning Teams - Diana Larsen
3d ago
#118 - Lead Without Blame: Building Resilient Learning Teams - Diana Larsen
“When blame is our focus rather than understanding what happened, people spend as much or more energy avoiding the blame and less time to be productive, creative, and energetic." Diana Larsen is the co-founder of Agile Fluency Project and co-author of the latest book “Lead Without Blame”. In this episode, we discussed insights from her book about building resilient learning teams by moving away from blaming culture. Diana first described the definition of blame and its characteristics, and explained the negative impacts it can bring to an organization and its culture. Diana advised that instead of a blaming culture, organizations should build a learning culture by adopting the 3 essential motivators (team purpose, autonomous teams, co-intelligence) and the 4 resilience factors (collaborative connection, embracing conflict, inclusive collaboration, minimizing power dynamics). Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:05:30]Understanding Blame - [00:08:58]Blaming Habit - [00:11:50]Leaders & Accountability - [00:18:12]3 Essential Motivators - [00:21:21]Essential Motivator: Team Purpose - [00:27:19]Essential Motivator: Autonomous Teams - [00:31:21]Essential Motivator: Co-Intelligence - [00:35:36]Resilience Factor: Collaborative Connection - [00:39:55]Resilience Factor: Embracing Conflict - [00:42:55]Resilience Factor: Inclusive Collaboration - [00:46:40]Resilience Factor: Minimizing Power Dynamics - [00:48:48]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:52:59] _____ Diana Larsen’s Bio Visionary pragmatist Diana Larsen is a cofounder, chief connector, learning leader, and principal coach, consultant, and mentor at the Agile Fluency Project. Diana coauthored the books Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great; Liftoff: Start and Sustain Successful Agile Teams; and Five Rules of Accelerated Learning. She co-originated the Agile Fluency model and coauthored the book The Agile Fluency Model: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile. For more than 20 years, she led the practice area for agile software development, leading and managing teams, and guiding agile transitions at FutureWorks Consulting. Through the Agile Fluency Project’s programs, Diana shares the wisdom she’s gained in over 35 years of working with leaders, teams, and organizations. To serve her communities, she delivers inspiring conference keynotes, talks, and workshops around the world. Follow Diana: Website – DianaLarsen.comTwitter – @DianaOfPortlandLinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/dianalarsenagileswdAgile Fluency – AgileFluency.org _____ Our Sponsors Skills Matter is the global community and events platform for software professionals. You get on-demand access to their latest content, thought leadership insights as well as the exciting schedule of tech events running across all time zones. Head on over to skillsmatter.com to become part of the tech community that matters most to you - it’s free to join and easy to keep up with the latest tech trends. 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 available by visiting techleadjournal.dev/shop. And don't forget to brag yourself once you receive any of those swags. Like this episode? Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/118.
#117 - How to Establish SRE Foundations From Scratch - Vladyslav Ukis
Jan 23 2023
#117 - How to Establish SRE Foundations From Scratch - Vladyslav Ukis
“The strength of SRE is in the alignment of operational concerns between the product management, product development, and product operations." Dr. Vladyslav Ukis is the Head of R&D at Siemens Healthineers and author of “Establishing SRE Foundations”. In this episode, Dr. Vlad shared insights on how to establish SRE foundations from scratch based on his firsthand experience at Siemens Healthineers and the concepts described in his book. We started by discussing the basic SRE concept and how it differs from other related concepts, such as ITIL, COBIT, and DevOps. Dr. Vlad then explained in-depth how SRE implementation can help to create an alignment between the product management, product development, and product operations teams. He also shared the importance of having internal SRE coaches to facilitate this transformation and when an organisation can start realizing the benefits of implementing SRE. In the latter half, Dr. Vlad walked us through how we can begin our SRE journey, make further progress in the journey, and measure the success of our SRE implementation. Also, do not miss his sharing on how SRE implementation can help to improve reliability in a stringent industry, such as healthcare. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:06:04]Getting to Know SRE Concept - [00:08:24]SRE vs Other Frameworks - [00:12:20]SRE Definition - [00:16:48]Ops-Development-Product Alignment - [00:19:26]SRE Coach - [00:26:36]Realizing SRE Benefits - [00:28:52]How to Begin SRE Journey - [00:31:37]SRE Journey Progression - [00:36:15]Healthcare Reliability - [00:41:48]Measuring SRE Implementation Success - [00:46:25]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:48:44] _____ Vladyslav Ukis’s Bio Dr. Vladyslav Ukis graduated in Computer Science from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and later from the University of Manchester, UK. He joined Siemens Healthineers after each graduation and has been working on Software Architecture, Enterprise Architecture, Innovation Management, Private and Public Cloud Computing, Team Management, Engineering Management, Portfolio Management, Partner Management, and Digital Transformation at large. He currently works as the Head of R&D for the Siemens Healthineers teamplay digital health platform, and has shared his DevOps knowledge in his book “Establishing SRE Foundations” published in 2022. Follow Dr Vlad: LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/dr-vladyslav-ukis-5172ba32 _____ Our Sponsors Skills Matter is the global community and events platform for software professionals. You get on-demand access to their latest content, thought leadership insights as well as the exciting schedule of tech events running across all time zones. Head on over to skillsmatter.com to become part of the tech community that matters most to you - it’s free to join and easy to keep up with the latest tech trends. 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 available by visiting techleadjournal.dev/shop. And don't forget to brag yourself once you receive any of those swags. Like this episode? Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/117.
#116 - Human Powered Teams With Emotional Intelligence - Trenton Moss
Jan 16 2023
#116 - Human Powered Teams With Emotional Intelligence - Trenton Moss
“Emotional intelligence is about knowing yourself, empathizing with other people, and always defining a win-win outcome in everything you do." Trenton Moss is the founder of Team Sterka and the author of “Human Powered”. In this episode, Trenton shared the importance of having good emotional intelligence and people skills in digital product teams. He shared the 6 key skills we need to succeed as outlined in his book: conflict resolution, building strong relationships, leading and influencing, facilitation, storytelling, and outbound communications. Trenton also shared some frameworks we can use to improve some of those skills, such as PLEASE, MASTER, and LEAD frameworks. And throughout our conversation, Trenton emphasized multiple times the importance of achieving the win-win outcome in every interaction we have with each other. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:05:37]Importance of People Skills - [00:10:07]Emotional Intelligence - [00:12:52]6 Key Skills - [00:20:45]Win-Win Outcome - [00:22:58]Conflict Resolution & PLEASE Framework - [00:24:59]Improving Conflict Resolution Skill - [00:29:54]Active Listening - [00:33:10]Strong Relationships - [00:36:50]MASTER Framework - [00:38:43]Negative Behaviors - [00:45:05]Leading & Influencing & LEAD - [00:48:47]Over-communication - [00:51:47]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:55:36] _____ Trenton Moss’s Bio Trenton is a business leader, trainer and coach who inspires everyone around him to achieve more than they think they can. His bestselling book, ‘Human Powered’, was published last year. It helps you gain all the people skills and EQ you need to succeed. He’s the founder and head coach at Team Sterka, a training and coaching business that creates high-performing teams. Previously, Trenton spent 15 years as founder and CEO at one of the UK’s first product design consultancies, Webcredible. When he’s not working, you’ll usually find him running around after his kids. Or sleeping. He loves a post-lunch power nap. Follow Trenton: LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/trentonmossTwitter – @trentonmoss100Team Sterka – https://sterka.team/ _____ Our Sponsors Skills Matter is the global community and events platform for software professionals. You get on-demand access to their latest content, thought leadership insights as well as the exciting schedule of tech events running across all time zones. Head on over to skillsmatter.com to become part of the tech community that matters most to you - it’s free to join and easy to keep up with the latest tech trends. Like this episode? Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/116.
[Best of 2022] #94 - Engineering Manager Essentials - Patrick Kua
Jan 2 2023
[Best of 2022] #94 - Engineering Manager Essentials - Patrick Kua
“An engineering manager should make sure that the team has a good balance of delivering things that the business needs with enough capacity to do it sustainably over time." Today's clip is from episode 94 with Patrick Kua. In this clip, we discussed Pat’s latest course, Engineering Manager Essentials.  We discussed what an engineering manager role is, how it differs from a Tech Lead role, and the common manager versus IC career track. Pat also shared his view on why being an engineering manager is not a promotion. Listen out for: Engineering Manager Essentials - [00:00:50]The Role of Engineering Manager - [00:02:46]Difference With Tech Lead - [00:05:43]Manager and IC Paths - [00:07:53]EM Is Not a Promotion - [00:12:27] _____ Patrick Kua’s Bio Patrick Kua is a seasoned technology leader with almost 20 years of experience. His personal passion is accelerating the growth and success of tech organisations and technical leaders. He has had many years of hands-on experience, leading, managing and improving complex organisations and software systems as the CTO and Chief Scientist of N26 (Berlin, Germany) and as a Technical Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks. He is a frequent keynote and conference speaker, author of three books including “The Retrospective Handbook“, “Talking with Tech Leads“ and “Building Evolutionary Architectures“ and runs the free popular newsletter for leaders in tech, “Level Up” and the “Tech Lead Academy“, offering online training for technical leaders, or running his very popular “Shortcut to Tech Leadership“ workshop. Follow Patrick: Website – https://patkua.com/Twitter – @patkuaLinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/patkua/EM Essentials Course – https://www.patkua.com/em-essentials/Tech Lead Academy – https://techlead.academy/Level Up Newsletter – https://levelup.patkua.com/ _____ Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. Skills Matter is the global community and events platform for software professionals. You get on-demand access to their latest content, thought leadership insights as well as the exciting schedule of tech events running across all time zones. Head on over to skillsmatter.com to become part of the tech community that matters most to you - it’s free to join and easy to keep up with the latest tech trends. 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/94.
[Best of 2022] #76 - Learning Domain-Driven Design - Vladik Khononov
Dec 26 2022
[Best of 2022] #76 - Learning Domain-Driven Design - Vladik Khononov
“Interactions with domain experts play a key role in implementing software. You have to make sure that you understand the problem you’re solving. You cannot provide a software solution without understanding the problem first." Today's clip is from episode 76 with Vladik Khononov, the author of “Learning Domain-Driven Design”. In this clip, Vladik shared why understanding business domain is crucial in software engineering and how DDD can help build the shared understanding between the domain experts and software engineers. Vlad also explained the importance of DDD's strategic design. Listen out for: Importance of Understanding Business Domain - [00:00:51]How Domain-Driven Design Helps - [00:06:21]DDD Strategic Design - [00:10:30] _____ Vladik Khononov’s Bio Vlad (Vladik) Khononov is a software engineer with over 20 years of industry experience, during which he has worked for companies large and small in roles ranging from webmaster to chief architect. Vlad maintains an active media career as an author, public speaker, and blogger. He travels the world consulting and talking about domain-driven design, microservices, and software architecture in general. Vladik lives in Northern Israel with his wife and an almost-reasonable number of cats. Follow Vladik: Twitter – @vladikkLinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/vladikkhononov/Website – https://vladikk.com/ _____ Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. Skills Matter is the global community and events platform for software professionals. You get on-demand access to their latest content, thought leadership insights as well as the exciting schedule of tech events running across all time zones. Head on over to skillsmatter.com to become part of the tech community that matters most to you - it’s free to join and easy to keep up with the latest tech trends. 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/76.
[Best of 2022] #90 - Clean Craftsmanship - Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob)
Dec 19 2022
[Best of 2022] #90 - Clean Craftsmanship - Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob)
“The simplest way to describe craftsmanship is pride of workmanship. It is the mindset that you are working on something important and you are going to do it well." Today's clip is from episode 90 with Robert C. Martin, more widely known as Uncle Bob. In this clip, Uncle Bob shared some insights from his latest book, “Clean Craftsmanship”. He shared the current major challenge of the software development industry as a young discipline, which drove Uncle Bob writing the book to help define disciplines, standards, and ethics for software craftsmanship. He also touched on the five key disciplines of clean craftsmanship. Listen out for: Clean Craftsmanship - [00:00:55]Programmer as a Profession - [00:05:32]Craftsmanship - [00:08:46]Disciplines - [00:12:46] _____ Robert C. Martin’s Bio Robert Martin (Uncle Bob) has been a programmer since 1970. He is the co-founder of the online video training company cleancoders.com and founder of Uncle Bob Consulting LLC. He served as Master Craftsman at 8th Light inc and is an acclaimed speaker at conferences worldwide. He is a profilic writer and has published hundreds of articles, papers, blogs, and best-selling books including: “The Clean Coder”, “Clean Code”, “Agile Software Development: Principles, Patterns, and Practices”, and “Clean Architecture”. He also served as the Editor-in-chief of the C++ Report and as the first chairman of the Agile Alliance. Follow Uncle Bob: Twitter – @unclebobmartinClean Coder – http://cleancoder.comClean Coders – https://cleancoders.comGitHub – https://github.com/unclebob _____ Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. Skills Matter is the global community and events platform for software professionals. You get on-demand access to their latest content, thought leadership insights as well as the exciting schedule of tech events running across all time zones. Head on over to skillsmatter.com to become part of the tech community that matters most to you - it’s free to join and easy to keep up with the latest tech trends. 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/90.
[Best of 2022] #102 - Building Inspired & Empowered Product Teams - Marty Cagan
Dec 12 2022
[Best of 2022] #102 - Building Inspired & Empowered Product Teams - Marty Cagan
Instead of being given a roadmap of features, an empowered team is given a problem to solve and they get to figure out the best way to solve that problem." Today's clip is from episode 102 with Marty Cagan, the founder of the Silicon Valley Product Group and the author of “Inspired” and “Empowered”. In this clip, Marty explained the importance of building the right product and shared the two inconvenient truths about building products. Marty then elaborated on the traits a good product team has and how to create an empowered product team. Listen out for: Writing Inspired & Empowered - [00:00:51]Building the Right Product - [00:05:36]Two Inconvenient Truths - [00:06:57]Traits of Good Product Teams - [00:11:19]Engineering Involvement - [00:14:06]Empowered - [00:15:57] _____ Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. Skills Matter is the global community and events platform for software professionals. You get on-demand access to their latest content, thought leadership insights as well as the exciting schedule of tech events running across all time zones. Head on over to skillsmatter.com to become part of the tech community that matters most to you - it’s free to join and easy to keep up with the latest tech trends. 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/102.
[Best of 2022] #100 - Modern Software Engineering - Dave Farley
Dec 5 2022
[Best of 2022] #100 - Modern Software Engineering - Dave Farley
“Engineering discipline is the most effective, efficient way of doing high-quality work. If our software development practices do not allow us to build better software faster, we should really change them because they are not engineering." Today's clip is from Tech Lead Journal episode 100 with Dave Farley, the one who runs the popular "Continuous Delivery" YouTube channel, and also the author of "Continuous Delivery" and the latest book, "Modern Software Engineering". In this clip, Dave explained his view on modern software engineering and why it emphasizes on the practices for building better software faster. Dave described the foundations of the software engineering discipline and explained the core competencies we need to succeed by becoming experts at learning.  Listen out for: Modern Software Engineering - [00:00:59]Better Software Faster - [00:03:37]Software Engineering - [00:06:01]Expert at Learning - [00:09:16] _____ Dave Farley’s Bio Dave Farley, founder and consultant for Continuous Delivery Ltd., has been a programmer, software engineer, and systems architect since the early days of modern computing. With Jez Humble, Farley coauthored the best-seller Continuous Delivery. As Head of Software Development for the LMAX, he built one of the world’s fastest financial exchanges. One of the earliest adopters of agile techniques employing iterative development, continuous integration, and high levels of automated testing, he also coauthored the Reactive Manifesto. Follow Dave: Twitter – @DaveFarley77LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-farley-a67927Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/c/ContinuousDeliveryWebsite – https://countinuous-delivery.co.ukCourses – https://courses.cd.training _____ Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. Skills Matter is the global community and events platform for software professionals. You get on-demand access to their latest content, thought leadership insights as well as the exciting schedule of tech events running across all time zones. Head on over to skillsmatter.com to become part of the tech community that matters most to you - it’s free to join and easy to keep up with the latest tech trends. 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/100.
#115 - Senior Engineering Leadership & Scaling Engineering Teams - Manoj Awasthi
Nov 28 2022
#115 - Senior Engineering Leadership & Scaling Engineering Teams - Manoj Awasthi
“Every organization has a mission, a vision, and a set of values. As a leader, your number one task is to live those values and talk about them at every opportunity with your team to create alignment." Manoj Awasthi is the CTO at JULO and previously the SVP of Engineering at Tokopedia. In this episode, Manoj shared engineering leadership lessons from his recent experiences. Manoj started by describing the role of a senior engineering leader before then explaining some important aspects of engineering leadership, such as scaling up engineering team, hiring engineers and engineering managers, creating culture alignment, putting in place engineering governance, and maintaining engineering productivity. Towards the end, Manoj shared some of his important lessons learned before ending by sharing his tech leadership wisdom. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:05:46]Role of Senior Engineering Leader - [00:15:02]Scaling Engineering Team - [00:21:31]Hiring Engineers - [00:24:28]Hiring Engineering Managers/Leaders - [00:27:06]Aligning Culture - [00:28:47]Engineering Governance - [00:32:25]Maintaining Engineering Productivity - [00:35:58]Sharing Lessons Learned - [00:39:12]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:41:39] _____ Manoj Awasthi’s Bio Manoj Awasthi is the CTO at JULO, a fintech startup based in Jakarta. Prior to JULO, Manoj spent more than six years leading technology teams at Tokopedia wearing multiple hats during the growth years of Tokopedia from 2016 until 2022 as it scaled. During this time, he witnessed the tech team growing from 80 people to 2000+. He is a techie at heart, has a natural empathy for people and believes that wonders can happen through the alignment of teams towards a clear goal. When he is not working, he can be found either reading a book (almost every day) or having quality time with his family. Follow Manoj: LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/manojawasthi/Twitter – @awmanojGitHub – github.com/awmanojBlog – awmanoj.github.io/ _____ Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. Skills Matter is the global community and events platform for software professionals. You get on-demand access to their latest content, thought leadership insights as well as the exciting schedule of tech events running across all time zones. Head on over to skillsmatter.com to become part of the tech community that matters most to you - it’s free to join and easy to keep up with the latest tech trends. Like this episode? Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/115.
#114 - A Radical Enterprise & Radical Collaboration - Matt K. Parker
Nov 21 2022
#114 - A Radical Enterprise & Radical Collaboration - Matt K. Parker
“Intrinsic motivation is a great predictor of success. When people are doing things they feel intrinsically motivated to do, they tend to be much more successful." Matt K. Parker is the author of “A Radical Enterprise”. In this episode, Matt started by sharing his views on the underlying causes of the great resignation trend, which includes the dominator hierarchies. Matt then explained in-depth the four key imperatives mentioned in his book that organizations must practice for establishing radical collaboration, which are: (i) team autonomy, (ii) managerial devolution, (iii) deficiency gratification, and (iv) candid vulnerability. Matt also touched on several other interesting concepts, such as how to establish autonomy while minimising chaos, the concept of a dynamic and contextual leadership, and a few alternatives for structuring the salary and compensation in a devolved organization. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:05:14]Great Resignation - [00:10:51]Dominator Hierarchies - [00:15:26]4 Imperatives - [00:19:12]Imperative 1: Team Autonomy - [00:26:14]Autonomy Without Chaos - [00:32:25]Imperative 2: Managerial Devolution - [00:37:15]Dynamic & Contextual Leadership - [00:41:46]Salary & Compensation - [00:44:30]Imperative 3: Deficiency Gratification - [00:50:49]Imperative 4: Candid Vulnerability - [00:54:23]Applying Radical Collaboration - [00:59:54]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [01:02:42] _____ Matt K. Parker’s Bio Matt K. Parker is a writer, speaker, researcher, and third-generation programmer. Over the last two decades, he’s played a variety of roles in the software industry, including developer, manager, director, and global head of engineering. He has specialized in hyper-iterative software practices for the last decade, and is currently researching the experience of radically collaborative software makers. He lives in a small village in Connecticut with his wife and three children. Follow Matt: Website – mattkparker.comTwitter – @realMattKParkerLinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/matt-k-parker/Email – matt@mattkparker.com _____ Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. Skills Matter is the global community and events platform for software professionals. You get on-demand access to their latest content, thought leadership insights as well as the exciting schedule of tech events running across all time zones. Head on over to skillsmatter.com to become part of the tech community that matters most to you - it’s free to join and easy to keep up with the latest tech trends. Like this episode? Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/114.
#113 - Architecture Decision Record (ADR) - Michael Keeling
Nov 14 2022
#113 - Architecture Decision Record (ADR) - Michael Keeling
“An ADR is a simple text file describing the context, the decision, and the consequences of a single architectural decision stored in the version control repository." Michael Keeling is an experienced software engineer, architect, and the author of “Design It!: From Programmer to Software Architect”. In this episode, Michael shared in-depth about ADR. He first shared his story of discovering ADR before describing what an ADR is. Michael then shared the objectives and benefits of using ADR to record architecture decisions and explained the key behavior changes happening when we practise ADR. Towards the end, Michael shared a few practical tips on creating and updating ADR, some patterns and anti-patterns he observed from his experience, and suggestions on how we can practise ADR effectively as a team. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:05:02]Discovering ADR - [00:07:05]ADR - [00:08:57]ADR Objectives - [00:11:18]Facilitating Good Design - [00:12:31]Not Capturing Design Decisions - [00:15:06]Distance Between Developers and Design - [00:17:19]Key Behaviour Changes - [00:19:11]Recent Popularity - [00:22:11]ADR Tips - [00:24:31]When to Create an ADR - [00:26:36]Updating Previous ADR - [00:27:55]Diagrams - [00:29:28]ADR Patterns - [00:31:06]ADR Anti-Patterns - [00:32:48]Doing ADR as a Team - [00:34:25]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:37:05] _____ Michael Keeling’s Bio Michael Keeling is a software engineer at Kiavi and the author of Design It!: From Programmer to Software Architect. Prior to Kiavi, he worked at IBM on the Watson Discovery Service and has experience with a variety of software systems including service-oriented architectures, enterprise search systems, and even combat systems. Michael is an award-winning speaker and regularly participates in the architecture and agile communities. He holds a Masters in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary. His current research interests include software design methods, patterns, and human factors of software engineering. Follow Michael: Twitter – @michaelkeelingLinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/michaelkeelingWebsite – www.neverletdown.net _____ Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. Skills Matter is the global community and events platform for software professionals. You get on-demand access to their latest content, thought leadership insights as well as the exciting schedule of tech events running across all time zones. Head on over to skillsmatter.com to become part of the tech community that matters most to you - it’s free to join and easy to keep up with the latest tech trends. Like this episode? Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/113.
#112 - Developer Productivity and Experience - Abi Noda
Nov 7 2022
#112 - Developer Productivity and Experience - Abi Noda
“Developer experience is an approach to thinking about engineering excellence and maximizing engineering performance by increasing the capacity and performance of the individuals and the team as a whole." Abi Noda is the CEO & co-founder of DX. In this episode, Abi started by sharing what developer experience is, why it is becoming an industry trend nowadays, and the different ways of how it is being implemented in the industry. Abi explained why the traditional metrics normally used to measure developer productivity do not really work and can even provide perverse incentives. Abi then touched on the two popular researches widely known in the industry, i.e. the DORA report and SPACE framework, before then explained how DX is building on top of both researches to provide the measurements and KPIs to measure developer experience and productivity. Towards the end, Abi shared his advice on how we can start investing in improving developer experience, including when to form a dedicated team and getting the buy-in from company executives. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:06:22]Developer Productivity Industry Trend - [00:09:14]Developer Experience for Developers - [00:11:28]Different Names of Developer Experience - [00:13:30]Traditional Metrics - [00:17:15]DORA & SPACE - [00:21:16]DX Measurements - [00:26:30]DX KPIs - [00:32:01]Starting With Developer Experience - [00:36:49]Developer Experience Team - [00:40:49]Building a Case for Developer Experience - [00:43:08]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:46:18] _____ Abi Noda’s Bio Abi is the founder and CEO of getdx.com, which helps engineering leaders measure and improve developer experience. Abi formerly founded Pull Panda, which was acquired by GitHub. Follow Abi: LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/abinodaTwitter – @abinodaWebsite – abinoda.comDX – getdx.comSoftware Engineering Research – abinoda.substack.com _____ Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. DevTernity 2022 (devternity.com) is the top international software development conference with an emphasis on coding, architecture, and tech leadership skills. The lineup is truly stellar and features many legends of software development like Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin, Kent Beck, and many others! The conference takes place online, and we have the 10% discount code for you: AWSM_TLJ. Like this episode? Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/112.
#111 - Teach the Geek to Speak: Public Speaking for Technical Professionals - Neil Thompson
Oct 31 2022
#111 - Teach the Geek to Speak: Public Speaking for Technical Professionals - Neil Thompson
“The people who are the communicators are the ones visible within companies. Just being technically proficient is not enough. You have to be an advocate for yourself." Neil Thompson is the founder of Teach the Geek and a public speaking coach. In this episode, Neil explained the importance of public speaking for technical professionals. Neil shared tips and advice on we can start and improve our public speaking skills. We also discussed some common challenges when speaking publicly and tips on how to overcome them. Towards the end, Neil shared more tips on storytelling, presenting data, doing virtual presentation, and presenting at large events. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:06:43]Importance of Public Speaking - [00:10:25]Tips to Start Public Speaking - [00:11:52]Challenge 1: Lack of Confidence - [00:14:44]Challenge 2: Lack of Expertise - [00:16:27]Challenge 3: Language Barrier - [00:17:59]Challenge 4: Past Trauma - [00:19:36]Filler Words - [00:20:52]Maintaining Eye Contacts - [00:22:36]Recording Video - [00:24:28]Body Language - [00:25:33]Getting Feedback - [00:26:44]Storytelling - [00:27:52]Presenting Data - [00:29:22]Managing Presentation Time - [00:30:33]Virtual Presentation - [00:31:48]Conference and Big Events - [00:32:37]Practising and Opportunities - [00:34:06]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:36:32] _____ Neil Thompson’s Bio After one too many failed presentations, Neil Thompson, an engineer, knew he had to improve. He did so, and now he works with technical professionals like himself to improve their communication skills. He hosts the Teach the Geek podcast, interviewing technical professionals about their public speaking journeys. He is also author of the book, Teach the Geek to Speak: a No-fluff Public Speaking Guide for STEM Professionals. Follow Neil: LinkedIn – https://linkedin.com/in/neilithompsonPodcast – podcast.teachthegeek.comYoutube – youtube.teachthegeek.comWebsite – teachthegeek.com Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. The iSAQB® Software Architecture Gathering is the international conference highlight for all those working on solution structures in IT projects: primarily software architects, developers, professionals in quality assurance, and also system analysts. The conference takes place online from November 14 to 17, 2022, and we have a 15% discount code for you: TLJ_MP_15. DevTernity 2022 (devternity.com) is the top international software development conference with an emphasis on coding, architecture, and tech leadership skills. The lineup is truly stellar and features many legends of software development like Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin, Kent Beck, and many others! The conference takes place online, and we have the 10% discount code for you: AWSM_TLJ. Like this episode? Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/111.
#110 - Elastic Leadership: Growing Self-Organizing Teams - Roy Osherove
Oct 24 2022
#110 - Elastic Leadership: Growing Self-Organizing Teams - Roy Osherove
“As a team leader, you will become more successful and valuable if you are no longer a bottleneck for the people who are working with you and under you." Roy Osherove is the author of “Elastic Leadership” and “The Art of Unit Testing”. In this episode, we discussed leadership insights from “Elastic Leadership”. Roy first shared how he came up with the concept and described what elastic leadership is. He explained the different leadership styles based on the 3 team phases (survival mode, learning mode, and self-organizing mode) and advised how leaders can adapt and transition their leadership style from one phase to the other to lead effectively. Roy also shared about the Team Leader manifesto and the Line Manager manifesto to provide guidance on how leaders can grow their teams towards self-organization and self-sufficiency. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:06:45]Writing “Elastic Leadership” - [00:11:31]Team Leader Manifesto - [00:17:57]There Are No Experts - [00:23:23]Survival Mode - [00:30:49]Slack Time - [00:37:52]Self-Organizing Mode - [00:39:21]Learning Mode - [00:41:18]Line Manager Manifesto - [00:45:47]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:48:13] _____ Roy Osherove’s Bio Roy Osherove is the organizer of the CD/XP Israel meetup group. He’s the author of “Art of Unit Testing”, “Elastic Leadership” and the upcoming “Co-Ops: Pipeline Driven Organizations”. He has been working in the software industry for over 20 years in most types of technical & testing roles, and these days is working as a freelance consultant & trainer on-site for various companies across the world. Follow Roy: Twitter – @RoyOsheroveLinkedIn – https://linkedin.com/in/osherove/Website – https://osherove.com/5 Whys – https://5whys.com/ Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. The iSAQB® Software Architecture Gathering is the international conference highlight for all those working on solution structures in IT projects: primarily software architects, developers, professionals in quality assurance, and also system analysts. The conference takes place online from November 14 to 17, 2022, and we have a 15% discount code for you: TLJ_MP_15. DevTernity 2022 (devternity.com) is the top international software development conference with an emphasis on coding, architecture, and tech leadership skills. The lineup is truly stellar and features many legends of software development like Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin, Kent Beck, and many others! The conference takes place online, and we have the 10% discount code for you: AWSM_TLJ. Like this episode? Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/110.
#109 - A Strengths-Based Approach to Leadership - Brandon Miller
Oct 17 2022
#109 - A Strengths-Based Approach to Leadership - Brandon Miller
“The most responsible thing a human can do, either personally for their own development or the development of others, is play to a person’s strengths." Brandon Miller is the founder and CEO of 34 Strong and one of the first 7 certified Gallup Clifton StrengthsFinder coaches in the world. In this episode, we discussed Clifton StrengthsFinder, also known as CliftonStrengths. Brandon introduced what CliftonStrengths is and why it is important for us to recognize and focus on our strengths. He also shared when leaders apply a strengths-based approach at work, it leads to a much increased workplace engagement. Brandon then gave a walkthrough on how we can identify our strengths by taking the CliftonStrengths assessment and what we should do after we find out our strengths. Brandon also spent some time to discuss my top 3 strengths and explained the idea of complimentary partnerships. Towards the end, Brandon gave some tips for parents on how we can identify and nurture children’s core strengths since their childhood. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:06:46]Starting Journey with StrengthsFinder - [00:08:35]StrengthsFinder - [00:10:17]Why Focus on Strengths - [00:15:06]Increased Workplace Engagements - [00:19:41]Tips for High Work Engagement - [00:23:56]Doing StrengthsFinder Assessment - [00:26:59]Henry’s Top 3 Strengths - [00:30:56]Strengths-Based Leadership - [00:35:34]Core Strengths - [00:38:53]Nurturing Children’s Strengths - [00:41:18]Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:44:46] _____ Brandon Miller’s Bio Brandon Miller is the founder and CEO of 34 Strong, a coaching and consulting firm dedicated to improving employee engagement. As one of the First 7 Certified GALLUP Clifton Strengths Finder, Brandon has nearly 15 years of experience providing leadership training, coaching, advising, and facilitating. Brandon is also passionate about parenting, having authored several books such as “Play to Their Strengths” and “Incredible Parent” and founded Co-Founder of Incredible Family, a consulting agency applying strengths-based approach to parenting. Follow Brandon: LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandon-miller-34strongEmail – brandon@34strong.com34 Strong – https://www.34strong.com/ Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. The iSAQB® Software Architecture Gathering is the international conference highlight for all those working on solution structures in IT projects: primarily software architects, developers, professionals in quality assurance, and also system analysts. The conference takes place online from November 14 to 17, 2022, and we have a 15% discount code for you: TLJ_MP_15. DevTernity 2022 (devternity.com) is the top international software development conference with an emphasis on coding, architecture, and tech leadership skills. The lineup is truly stellar and features many legends of software development like Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin, Kent Beck, and many others! The conference takes place online, and we have the 10% discount code for you: AWSM_TLJ. Like this episode? Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/109.
#108 - Building the Future of Cloud Engineering With Pulumi - Joe Duffy
Oct 10 2022
#108 - Building the Future of Cloud Engineering With Pulumi - Joe Duffy
“Companies that are successful in getting the most out of the cloud embrace the fact that distributed application architecture is a first class application architecture concern." Joe Duffy is the co-founder and CEO of Pulumi. In this episode, we discussed cloud engineering concept and how Pulumi is helping to shape its future. Joe started by sharing his story founding Pulumi and the evolution of the cloud adoption. He shared his view on why cloud should be a first class application architecture concern and the concept of cloud as an operating system. Joe then shared in-depth the concept of cloud engineering as the next evolution of DevOps and explained how it changes the way we build, deploy, and manage infrastructure and application in the product development lifecycle. Towards the end, Joe shared his view on the future of cloud engineering and how Pulumi is helping organizations adopt cloud engineering at scale. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:06:18]Founding Pulumi - [00:11:05]Cloud as First Class Concern - [00:13:00]Cloud Engineering - [00:17:27]Build Phase - [00:23:02]Deploy Phase - [00:29:48]Manage Phase - [00:35:43]Infrastructure as Software - [00:38:32]Future of Cloud Engineering - [00:43:11]Pulumi Customer Story - [00:44:52]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:46:30] _____ Joe Duffy’s Bio Joe Duffy is co-founder and CEO of Pulumi. Prior to founding Pulumi, Joe was a longtime leader in Microsoft’s Developer Division, Operating Systems Group, and Microsoft Research. Most recently, he was Director of Engineering and Technical Strategy for developer tools, where part of his responsibilities included managing the groups building the C#, C++, Visual Basic, and F# languages. Joe was instrumental in taking .NET open source and cross-platform. Joe founded Pulumi in 2018 with Eric Rudder, the former Chief Technical Strategy Officer at Microsoft. Follow Joe: Twitter – @funcOfJoeLinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/joejduffy/Website – JoeDuffyBlog.com Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. The iSAQB® Software Architecture Gathering is the international conference highlight for all those working on solution structures in IT projects: primarily software architects, developers, professionals in quality assurance, and also system analysts. A selection of well-known international experts will share their practical knowledge on the most important topics in state-of-the-art software architecture. The conference takes place online from November 14 to 17, 2022, and we have a 15% discount code for you: TLJ_MP_15. DevTernity 2022 (devternity.com) is the top international software development conference with an emphasis on coding, architecture, and tech leadership skills. The lineup is truly stellar and features many legends of software development like Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin, Kent Beck, Scott Hanselman, Venkat Subramaniam, Kevlin Henney, and many others! The conference takes place online, and we have the 10% discount code for you: AWSM_TLJ. Like this episode? Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/108.
#107 - Data Mesh: Delivering Data-Driven Value at Scale - Zhamak Dehghani
Oct 3 2022
#107 - Data Mesh: Delivering Data-Driven Value at Scale - Zhamak Dehghani
“If you want to unlock the value of your data by generating data-driven values, and you want to do it reliably and resiliently at scale, then you need to consider data mesh." Zhamak Dehghani is the author of the “Data Mesh” book. In this episode, we discussed in-depth about the data mesh, a concept she founded in 2018, which has then been becoming an industry trend. We started our conversation by discussing the current challenges working with data, such as the data centralization approach and why the current data tools are still inadequate. Zhamak then described data mesh and why organizations should adopt it to generate data-driven values at scale. Zhamak then explained the 4 principles of data mesh, which include domain ownership, data as a product, the self-serve data platform, and the federated computational governance. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:06:49]Challenges Working with Data - [00:10:19]Centralization of Data - [00:13:53]Why Current Tools Not Adequate - [00:16:00]Data Mesh & Its Drivers - [00:19:32]Principle of Domain Ownership - [00:25:54]Principle of Data as a Product - [00:35:57]Principle of The Self-Serve Data Platform - [00:40:51]Principle of Federated Computational Governance - [00:46:01]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:52:23] _____ Zhamak Dehghani’s Bio Zhamak Dehghani works as the CEO and founder of a stealth tech startup reimagining the future of data developer experience. She founded the concept of Data Mesh in 2018 and since has been implementing the concept and evangelizing it with the wider industry. She is the author of Architecture the Hard Parts and Data Mesh books. Zhamak serves on multiple tech advisory boards. She has worked as a technologist for over 24 years and has contributed to multiple patents in distributed computing communications. She is an advocate for the decentralization of all things, including architecture, data, and ultimately power. Follow Zhamak: Twitter – @zhamakdLinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/zhamak-dehghani Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. The iSAQB® Software Architecture Gathering is the international conference highlight for all those working on solution structures in IT projects: primarily software architects, developers, professionals in quality assurance, and also system analysts. A selection of well-known international experts will share their practical knowledge on the most important topics in state-of-the-art software architecture. The conference takes place online from November 14 to 17, 2022, and we have a 15% discount code for you: TLJ_MP_15. DevTernity 2022 (devternity.com) is the top international software development conference with an emphasis on coding, architecture, and tech leadership skills. The lineup is truly stellar and features many legends of software development like Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin, Kent Beck, Scott Hanselman, Venkat Subramaniam, Kevlin Henney, and many others! The conference takes place online, and we have the 10% discount code for you: AWSM_TLJ. Like this episode? Subscribe on your podcast app. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/107.
#106 - Company-wide Agility With BOSSA Nova - Jutta Eckstein
Sep 26 2022
#106 - Company-wide Agility With BOSSA Nova - Jutta Eckstein
“There’s no leading without following. We are only a leader because somebody is following us." Jutta Eckstein is a coach, consultant, and trainer who has helped many teams and organizations worldwide making an Agile transition. In this episode, we discussed ideas from her book “Company-wide Agility With Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, and Sociocracy”, also widely known as the BOSSA nova. Jutta started by sharing today’s company challenge in terms of collision of values between shareholder, customer, and the employee, and she provided a suggestion how to align the values better. She then broke down BOSSA nova and explained each concept and principles of Beyond Budgeting, Open Space, Sociocracy, and Agile. Jutta also shared the four values of BOSSA nova and how they also relate extrinsically to sustainability. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:06:24]Writing BOSSA Nova - [00:08:34]People-Customer-Shareholder Value - [00:12:04]BOSSA Nova - [00:14:54]Beyond Budgeting - [00:24:16]Open Space - [00:32:56]Sociocracy - [00:37:58]Agile Values - [00:44:04]Transparency - [00:49:50]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:52:22] _____ Jutta Eckstein’s Bio Jutta Eckstein works as an independent coach, consultant, and trainer. She has helped many teams and organizations worldwide to make an Agile transition, especially with medium-sized to large distributed mission-critical projects. Jutta has recently pair-written with John Buck a book entitled Company-wide Agility with Beyond Budgeting, Open Space & Sociocracy (dubbed BOSSA nova). Besides that, she has published her experience in her books Agile Software Development in the Large, Agile Software Development with Distributed Teams, Retrospectives for Organizational Change, and together with Johanna Rothman Diving for Hidden Treasures: Uncovering the Cost of Delay in your Project Portfolio. Follow Jutta: Website – https://jeckstein.com/Twitter – @JuttaEcksteinLinkedIn – https://linkedin.com/in/juttaeckstein Our Sponsors Mental well-being is a silent pandemic. According to the WHO, depression and anxiety cost the global economy over USD 1 trillion every year. It’s time to make a difference! Learn how to enhance your lives through a master class on mental wellness. Visit founderswellbeing.com/masterclass and enter TLJ20 for a 20% discount. The iSAQB® Software Architecture Gathering is the international conference highlight for all those working on solution structures in IT projects: primarily software architects, developers, professionals in quality assurance, and also system analysts. A selection of well-known international experts will share their practical knowledge on the most important topics in state-of-the-art software architecture. The conference takes place online from November 14 to 17, 2022, and we have a 15% discount code for you: TLJ_MP_15. DevTernity 2022 (devternity.com) is the top international software development conference with an emphasis on coding, architecture, and tech leadership skills. The lineup is truly stellar and features many legends of software development like Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin, Kent Beck, Scott Hanselman, Venkat Subramaniam, Kevlin Henney, and many others! The conference takes place online, and we have the 10% discount code for you: AWSM_TLJ. Like this episode? Subscribe on your podcast app. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/106.
#105 - Coaching for Technical Leaders - Bob Galen
Sep 19 2022
#105 - Coaching for Technical Leaders - Bob Galen
“If you want to become a better and more effective leader, then one of your core skills should be coaching skills." Bob Galen is the President & Principal Agile Coach at RGCG and a prolific writer, blogger, and podcaster. In this episode, Bob and I discussed coaching and leadership from his latest book “Extraordinarily Badass Agile Coaching”. Bob started by explaining the concepts of agile leadership and agile coaching. He shared about the different coaching stances and why he suggests that coaching is an essential core leadership skill. Bob then went into details to describe the skills to become a good coach, such as asking powerful questions and becoming powerful listeners. Towards the end, Bob shared some tips for coaching up and coaching the middle managers, i.e. coaching the coaches. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:06:39]Agile Leader - [00:09:17]Extraordinarily Badass Agile Coaching - [00:12:35]Definition of Coaching - [00:15:31]Coaching as a Leadership Skill - [00:19:44]Skills to Become a Good Coach - [00:24:00]Powerful Questions - [00:27:59]Powerful Listening - [00:33:37]When to Give Solutions - [00:38:54]Coaching Up - [00:43:30]Coaching Middle Managers - [00:48:06]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:51:47] _____ Bob Galen’s Bio Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other Agile methods and practices. He is currently President & Principal Consultant at RGCG, LLC. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing and team leadership. He is a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances. He’s published 3 agile related books: Extraordinarily Badass Agile Coaching, Scrum Product Ownership, and Agile Reflections. He’s also a prolific writer, blogger, and podcaster. Follow Bob: LinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobgalenTwitter – @bobgalenPersonal Website – www.rgalen.comWebsite – www.agile-moose.comMeta-Cast Podcast – www.meta-cast.com Our Sponsors The iSAQB® Software Architecture Gathering is the international conference highlight for all those working on solution structures in IT projects: primarily software architects, developers and professionals in quality assurance, but also system analysts who want to communicate better with their developers. A selection of well-known international experts will share their practical knowledge on the most important topics in state-of-the-art software architecture. The conference takes place online from November 14 to 17, 2022, and we have a 15% discount code for you: TLJ_MP_15. DevTernity 2022 (devternity.com) is the top international software development conference with an emphasis on coding, architecture, and tech leadership skills. The lineup is truly stellar and features many legends of software development like Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin, Kent Beck, Scott Hanselman, Venkat Subramaniam, Kevlin Henney, and many others! The conference takes place online, and we have the 10% discount code for you: AWSM_TLJ. Like this episode? Subscribe on your podcast app. Follow @techleadjournal on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Pledge your support by becoming a patron. For episode show notes, visit techleadjournal.dev/episodes/105.
#104 - Growing Through Experimentation - Lisi Hocke
Sep 12 2022
#104 - Growing Through Experimentation - Lisi Hocke
“The most important part about building an experiment-driven culture is to make it safe to fail and to fail in good ways." Lisi Hocke is an active figure in the global testing community. In this episode, Lisi shared her lessons learned growing an experiment-driven quality culture in her recent years. Lisi shared why it is important to have an experimentation mindset before we adopt something new or any good practices and to have a safe environment to execute those experiments. Lisi shared her advice on how to run an experiment, from building transparency, creating hypothesis, getting buy-in, and understanding our biases, in particular the sunk cost fallacy. In the latter half, Lisi shared her personal transformation journey learning in public and shared her tips on growing technical confidence. Listen out for: Career Journey - [00:05:59]Sharing About Building Quality Culture - [00:13:39]Experiment-Driven Culture - [00:21:14]Building Transparency - [00:25:41]Hypothesis - [00:28:08]Building Better Hypothesis - [00:29:58]Getting Buy-In - [00:33:38]Sunk Cost Fallacy - [00:37:44]Learning in Public - [00:41:42]Growing Technical Confidence - [00:47:37]3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:53:12] _____ Lisi Hocke’s Bio Lisi found tech as her place to be in 2009 and grew as a specialized generalist ever since. She’s passionate about the whole-team approach to holistic testing and quality and enjoys experimenting and learning continuously. Building great products which deliver value together with great people motivates her and lets her thrive. Having received a lot from communities, she’s paying it forward by sharing her stories and learning in public. In her free time, she plays indoor volleyball or delves into computer games and stories of all kinds. Follow Lisi: Twitter – @lisihockeLinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisihocke/Website – https://www.lisihocke.com/ Our Sponsors The iSAQB® Software Architecture Gathering is the international conference highlight for all those working on solution structures in IT projects: primarily software architects, developers and professionals in quality assurance, but also system analysts who want to communicate better with their developers. A selection of well-known international experts will share their practical knowledge on the most important topics in state-of-the-art software architecture. The conference takes place online from November 14 to 17, 2022, and we have a 15% discount code for you: TLJ_MP_15. DevTernity 2022 (devternity.com) is the top international software development conference with an emphasis on coding, architecture, and tech leadership skills. The lineup is truly stellar and features many legends of software development like Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin, Kent Beck, Scott Hanselman, Venkat Subramaniam, Kevlin Henney, and many others! The conference takes place online, and we have the 10% discount code for you: AWSM_TLJ. 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/104.