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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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Do you have a team of managers focusing on success, or do you have a zoo exhibiting all different types of management possible? Successfully bringing your team to the next level requires a management team that you can rely on. That rarely happens without the effort to define the role of management in your company or with the typical hodgepodge type…
 
Aviv Ben-Yosef is our guest for this episode. We will start with the heuristic “Dynamic Strategy”, from the Cloud Native Patterns (https://www.cnpatterns.org/strategy-risk-reduction/dynamic-strategy). Aviv explains different approaches from executives, namely CTO’s and VP of Engineering, linking to the impact they have on their organisations. From …
 
“Hybrid work is here to stay. It is going to continue. But we want to make sure that it comes in a way that’s equitable and everyone gets to experience the benefits of it." Dr. Jenna Butler is a Visiting Research Fellow at Microsoft Research in the Productivity and Intelligence Team. She is also an adjunct Professor at Bellevue College in radiation…
 
“Chaos engineering is the discipline of experimenting on the system in order to increase your confidence that the system will survive difficult conditions." Mikołaj Pawlikowski is an engineering lead at Bloomberg and the author of “Chaos Engineering: Site reliability through controlled disruption“. In this episode, Miko shared about what chaos engi…
 
Is your organization just one big happy family? You know it isn't. Unfortunately, however, more and more leaders are using this false language, which ends up being treated as lip service and eroding trust or making people misaligned. In this episode, I talk about establishing organizational debt and trying to work around it. Grab a copy of The Tech…
 
“Back when work from home became suddenly virtually overnight, it was all about enabling the business to continue. A lot of this move was rushed out of necessity, but the focus was on speed. The focus was not on security. And security took a backseat." Tony Jarvis is a CISO advisor and cybersecurity strategist who has advised Fortune 500 clients ac…
 
Are you playing find the loophole whenever you are presented with a new idea? Executives often default to the patterns of thinking that served them well in their hands-on days but have become a burden. How should you adjust your thinking to enable an abundance mindset? Check out this week's short episode. Get the book: The Tech Executive Operating …
 
If you are curious about the guest, we are hosting Lea Kovac Beckman. She is challenged with the heuristic “Be curious” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/curiosity/). She describes how cycles of curiosity and boredom can foster innovation, what is the impact as persons, but also in this digital era, and how it impac…
 
Life's too short for average. Yet, it seems like we're letting ourselves get out of bed every day to lead an average team and get average results. Let's stop it. Unlock the keys to a team that's an impact powerhouse with my book, The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives. For any questions or comments…
 
“By and large, the way people put together the delivery process is by gut and instinct. The next step up from there is to use the data that comes out of your system to help you make the right decisions. When I say data-driven DevOps, don’t rely on this human experience, and let the system tell you. We should be able to find that kind of information…
 
Principal and staff engineers are so 2020. Are you cultivating product engineers? To forge a world-class engineering team, you should help your best people become attuned with what really matters. In this quick episode, I share three tips to set you off on the right path. Product Mastery episode Grab a copy of The Tech Executive Operating System Su…
 
“Technology is really impacting our daily life, sometimes without us knowing, and it’s important that we start understanding or relearning what is ABCDEFG. In the future of business, or future of work, there are many use cases of technology that are non-traditional, non-techie people need to learn and know how to use them." Jim Lim is the founder o…
 
Einar Høst is the guest of this week. He is challenged with the heuristic “It’s easier to keep a system working than to fix it after you break it” from the Embedded Artistry repository (https://embeddedartistry.com/blog/2018/04/26/embedded-rules-of-thumb/). Einar describes how feedback cycles are critical to keeping a system working and how complex…
 
Are you idly waiting for little issues to become emergencies, or are you striking preemptively where needed? Leadership involves the art of assessing and taking the right sorts of risks. Nevertheless, effective risk management sometimes involves ensuring the risk doesn't manifest. In this episode, I cover the art of counterstrikes. Grab a copy of m…
 
“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 engine…
 
Let's make a bias we're all suffering from more explicit. We tend to hold others to different standards. That can cause some work relationships to suffer needlessly, and it can also harm personal growth. By understanding the theory of relativity (no equations in this episode), you can unlock better accountability and cooperation. All that in a shor…
 
“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 bes…
 
In this episode, we host James Urquhart. James is challenged with the heuristic “Use of standard interfaces and protocols for event-driven integration”, based on his recent work. We discuss the changes in the behaviour of teams creating software when they embrace an event-driven integration, together with leveraging engineering practices like conti…
 
What lessons can you learn from the onboarding Best Buy's CEO arranged for himself? And how does that connect your personal operating system when leading an engineering org to excellence? That's what this week's episode is all about. Grab a copy of The Tech Executive Operating System or a free sample chapter here. Subscribe to the best newsletter f…
 
“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…
 
Time is a crucial part of making fine wine. But also in running your organization. The theory of relativity has taught us that we can experience time differently. That can happen in your org even without approaching the speed of light, and you should be aware of its effect. That and more in this week's episode! Grab copies of The Tech Executive Ope…
 
“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 t…
 
This week, Peter Maddison is our guest, and he is challenged with the heuristic “Measure what matters” from the Cloud Native Patterns repository (https://www.cnpatterns.org/strategy-risk-reduction/measure-what-matters). We discuss how to measure value and what techniques can be helpful to define metrics for teams creating and delivering software. W…
 
“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 sha…
 
🎉 A special celebratory episode: The Tech Executive Operating System is coming out this week! In this quick episode, I answer a frequently asked question: why did I write it?? Also, I share how you can get free videos, webinars, workshops, and even coaching with me by purchasing the book. The Tech Executive Operating System early purchase benefits …
 
“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 …
 
Andrew Harmel-Law is our guest of this week, and he will share his experiences over the heuristic “Maximize cohesion, minimize coupling” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/maximize-cohesion-minimize-coupling/). We start discussing the original scope of the heuristic, the software code, but quickly expand to his exper…
 
What 20% of your default knee-jerk reactions are in charge of 80% of the day-to-day issues you're seeing? How can you improve yourself in a manner that helps those around you become better as well? Hear about that and more in less than 10 minutes in this week's episode! Why Didn't the Dogs Bark? episode The Tech Executive Operating System—coming in…
 
“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, Ale…
 
Because I have to learn the ropes with new teams regularly, understand their machinations, and discern where are the problematic areas, I have developed my own heuristics. One of those is finding too many "slam dunks" as an organizational smell. In this episode, I talk about feeling less warm, fuzzy, and comfortable and actually failing the shot on…
 
“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…
 
This week on our show, we have Niranjani! She will share her opinion and experiences about the heuristic “Sleep easy on a green build” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/no-broken-builds/). We discuss her recent journey, where continuous improvement based on a green (or red) build drove the teams to find solutions to…
 
Learning from past mistakes and continuously improving is a prerequisite for a high-performing team. However, even if you hold effective post-mortems and find the root causes, you might be stopping yourself short of all the issues. Do you regularly consider why weren't the dogs barking, and who are the dogs here anyway? That's what we're talking ab…
 
“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 sh…
 
Are you walking the walk or merely talking the talk? How have you invested in your personal growth in the last three months? Today's podcast episode is about the huge ROI from self-improvement and ideas to do that today. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives. For any questions or comments, reach out to me directly: aviv@avivbenyosef.…
 
“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 …
 
Ken Power is challenged with the heuristic “Use a systematic mechanism of learning” from the Simon Wardley Doctrine repository (https://wardleypedia.org/mediawiki/index.php/Doctrine_Patterns#Use_a_systematic_mechanism_of_learning). He shares how he learns, with structure and unstructured approaches, and also how teams and organisations can learn. O…
 
Are you sitting on your hands, waiting for the perfect moment to appear? No one is going to knock on your day and say, "Hey, this looks like a perfect day for a reorg!" This week's episode is all about holding your breath for too long. Speed of Change episode The Tech Executive Operating System coming in April! Subscribe to the best newsletter for …
 
“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 …
 
Another approach that you should adopt as a tech executive is taking the lead. Continuing the sneak peeks series to my upcoming book, The Tech Executive Operating System, I discuss the importance of being proactive and making plans—even if they might change—for yourself and your team. Do you want to be a leader, or are you content to continue being…
 
“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 episod…
 
Your executive toolkit should comprise a few specific approaches, processes, and models. In today's episode, I'm sharing one from my upcoming book, The Tech Executive Operating System: how to let go. To do your best work, you should aim to outgrow the pace your company is growing, or the company will outgrow you. Tune in to find out more. Developer…
 
"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 su…
 
A new episode is out, and today we feature Dawn Ahukanna (@dawnahukanna). She is challenged with the heuristic “Your solution should not be more complicated than the problem” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/kiss/). We discuss what solution vs problem space needs, and how different disciplines complement each other…
 
Sometimes, all we need in order to have a breakthrough is not to have the ability to do whatever we'd like. Surprisingly, having or settings constraints on the possible solutions can induce a big spur of creativity. In this episode, I discuss the art of setting boundaries to accelerate your organization's Speed of Change: if Intel could pivot the b…
 
“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-founde…
 
An epidemic for managers and leaders all around is busywork. If your default answer to "what's up?" is "busy busy busy,"—this episode's for you. We delve into reluctant delegation, the lazy tradeoff that you're making right now to the dismay of your future self, and how to make time to think. Stop serving the calendar. The Calendar Reset episode Su…
 
“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 co…
 
This week, Steve Pereira will be challenged with the heuristic “Remove bias and duplication” from the Wardley Doctrine repository (https://wardleypedia.org/mediawiki/index.php/Doctrine_Patterns#Remove_bias_and_duplication). We will discuss different contexts where duplication can hinder or accelerate, and the importance of value streams. He shares …
 
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