Time to Value: The One Metric to Optimize

Re:Invent happened two weeks ago, and usual there was a lot of good content there. One talk I would recommend to this audience is “Innovation at speed” by Adrian Crockford, which gives some insight into various aspects of cloud-enabled innovation, but also explains a bit how AWS is structured internally. However, the key message is about the Time toContinue reading “Time to Value: The One Metric to Optimize”

Engineering Manager Essential Reads (2019)

“I’d like to become an engineering manager one day, what books should I read?” — Anonymous I have three recommendations, and they’re ordered on purpose:  The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change by Camille Fournier This is the book to start with. It’s the book I wish existed when IContinue reading “Engineering Manager Essential Reads (2019)”

What does success look like?

This happens too often: Employee has an idea for a new initiative (e.g. feature, workshop, hackathon, event storming session, newsletter, offsite, recurring meeting). Manager: “That’s great, we support initiatives, let’s do it!” Initiative happens; people participate; success is declared: “Initiative happened, lots of people participated, it was a success!” Was it, though? It’s quite oftenContinue reading “What does success look like?”

Books that Changed Everything: “Thank You for Arguing”

There are a couple of books that I reread, every year or few years. I reread them, because they contain ideas that have had a huge impact on me. An impact either on my thinking, life and work philosophy, or ways to get things done. As I write this, I’m on my way back fromContinue reading “Books that Changed Everything: “Thank You for Arguing””

The Making Of: My Most Brilliant Ideas

The dump-engage-merge cycle It’s rare, but sometimes I struggle to find a good solution to a problem. However, I found a very simple technique to help me in such situations, and it’s very straightforward to execute. I usually apply it during 1:1s, but if you don’t have direct reports, I suppose you can do itContinue reading “The Making Of: My Most Brilliant Ideas”

So, You Want to be an Engineering Manager

For sure? If you would have told me 7 years ago I’d end up in management, I’m not sure I would have been happy with the prospect. I always considered myself a hardcore tech guy, perhaps not a nerd, but at least geeky. I started programming when I was 9, and did barely anything elseContinue reading “So, You Want to be an Engineering Manager”