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Engineering Management

Articles encompassing my favourite engineering management subjects such as people development, hiring, planning, delivery, technical strategy, and much more.

Trust is antifragile

A note on how trustworthy relationships can get better through unavoidable volatility, randomness, disorder and stressors.Read more→

Platform patterns #1: Consolidation

Platform patterns is a series about how to use patterns for building platforms. The consolidation pattern consists of merging scattered capabilities into a platform team.Read more→

Managing engineering teams outside your technical expertise

Managing teams which you lack technical understanding can be challenging. In this article I talk a bit about what has worked for me before.Read more→

Performance enablement

Performance management is the means to plan, review, and reward people for their contributions. In this article I explain why my take is it's more about enablement rather than control.Read more→

Alignment across organisations

Finding alignment across organisations is an invaluable skill. Here are a few ways to get to a shared understanding, and frame disagreement to find alignment.Read more→

Three simple principles for delegation

Delegation is a cornerstone in leadership. I've tried to synthesise what I believe to be good delegation into three simple principles.Read more→

Composition for teams, platform and application pattern

Similarly to software, teams can benefit from composition. A common org design pattern is defining a platform team and leveraging it through many application teams.Read more→

Reorganising teams through experimentation

Engineering teams can grow in unexpected ways like systems do. Utilising experimentation concepts can help on such scenarios.Read more→

Calibrations for software engineering interviews

Assessing who is the best candidate for a role is not in any means a straightforward task. Here are some of my takes on this subject.Read more→

Posture in system design interviews

Some ideas on how to perform better in the behavioural and subjective bits of my favourite technical interview type: system design.Read more→

Language as a tool for engineering teams

A take on how to overcome problems engineering and product development teams face with stakeholders, goals and metrics through language.Read more→

Review: Radical Candor

Three reflections after reading Kim Scott's book "Radical Candor" around caring personally and challenging directly.Read more→