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Here's an impactful tactic with an incredible ROI to make your management team better: Let's take what works well for other professions and do it for management as well! This week, I share an example of "leveling the bar" across your leadership staff. Get my book, The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech execut…
 
In this interview with Aviv Ben-Yosef, Tech Exec Consultant & Author, we discuss what it takes to be a great tech executive and the differences between managers and executives. The post Being a Great Tech Executive — Interview with Aviv Ben-Yosef, Tech Exec Consultant & Author appeared first on Managers Club.…
 
Let's talk about your personal role in what is going on around you. Our gut instinct is to distance ourselves from issues and problems. "The CEO is capricious," "Product is unprofessional," and "the team is burned out." I pity people who go through entire careers like this, sitting there and pointing fingers. In pretty much every company I've worke…
 
Monarch Wadia is our guest, and he is challenged with the heuristic “Master your tools” from the Xebia Essentials repository (https://essentials.xebia.com/master-your-tools/). Monarch gives a different perspective to master the tools, which stems from his experience as a Bootcamp organiser. We discuss the differences between colleague and Bootcamp …
 
Celebrating the 100th episode with 100 lessons picked from the previous episodes. Thank you to the tens of thousands of listeners worldwide for your support. Let me know which of these lessons is your favorite! A lot of these lessons are covered at length in my book, The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech exe…
 
Join me to hear the story about the VP that knew it all, except for how to use his knowledge. This short episode is about researching ourselves out needlessly. I believe it's the first episode where I ask you to unsubscribe! Get my book: The Tech Executive Operating System. Subscribe to my newsletter, the best one for tech executives. Reach out to …
 
In this episode, Julie Lerman is our guest, and she is challenged with the pattern “Conserve familiarity” from the Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns repository (http://scg.unibe.ch/download/oorp/OORP.pdf). Throughout her career, Julie uses this pattern to be an enabler for conversations with people who use the systems. The talks are crucial to…
 
Wondering what an algorithm I read about as a teenager has to do with your day-to-day as an executive? This week I enlighten you with how feedback might get lost in the way and how that can lead to chafing away at the trust that is core to the work relationships in your organization. Subscribe to the best newsletter for tech executives and get a fr…
 
Are you making your team's creativity muscles slow atrophy? Are you genuinely proud of the fact you had a two-day hackathon this year? In this week's episode, I talk about what my clients call "the bonanza"—the concept of regular intermissions that turn creativity from buzzword to habit. Sign up for my free webinar: Did You Just Waste a Good Crisis…
 
Jeppe Cramon is the guest for this episode. He is challenged with the pattern “Make a Bridge to the New Town” from the Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns repository (http://scg.unibe.ch/download/oorp/OORP.pdf). Jeppe shares his experiences using this pattern, and we discuss the different technical implementations that can be used to migrate bet…
 
Let's take someone with no experience and put them in charge of mission-critical systems. Did I make you cringe? Then this episode's the one for you. The experience pressure cooker allows us to accelerate the team's growth dramatically, and it just so happens that you likely have all that it takes to implement it. Check out my free webinar: Did You…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
In this interview with Jeremy Henrickson, VP Product and Engineering @ Rippling, we discuss hiring at startups, the importance of making decisions quickly while still considering that I might be wrong, and what it takes to be a great engineering leader. The post Interview with Jeremy Henrickson, VP Product and Engineering @ Rippling appeared first …
 
In this interview with Yannis Pavlidis, Senior Director of Data Science at Walmart eCommerce, we discuss what it takes to be a great engineering leader, differences between engineering and data science, psychological safety, and hiring and conducting interviews during the pandemic. The post Interview with Yannis Pavlidis, Senior Director of Data Sc…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
How to communicate and motivate engineers with Charles Weindorf, Senior Vice President Of Technology at Avertra Corp. We discuss his new book on communication, tips to be a great new engineering leader, and several lessons from the US Navy. The post How to Communicate and Motivate Engineers with Charles Weindorf, Senior Vice President Of Technology…
 
🎉 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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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.…
 
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 …
 
In this interview with Rama Kulasekaran, Sr. Director of Engineering at Optum (UnitedHealth Group), we discuss what it takes to be a great engineering leader, psychological safety, the importance of networking, three book recommendations, and mentorship. The post Interview with Rama Kulasekaran, Sr. Director of Engineering at Optum (UnitedHealth Gr…
 
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…
 
Presented at the IEEE Rising Stars Conference in Jan 2021. Topics covered: how to think about this, one-on-one meetings, how to ask for feedback, how to manage up, manage out, how to manage yourself, bonus tips, and Q&A. The post Best Practices to Develop a Meaningful Relationship with your Manager appeared first on Managers Club.…
 
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…
 
In this interview, we cover best practices, common mistakes, share resources, and the engineering metrics to track for product engineering and DevOps teams to help you as an engineering leader! The post Kan Yilmaz, Co-Founder at Haystack, on Metrics for Engineering Teams appeared first on Managers Club.…
 
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…
 
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…
 
In this interview with Jorge Salas, Application Development Manager at Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, we discuss how to keep up with tech, an interview question to ask, approaching difficult conversations, and how learning improv can help you as an engineering leader. The post Interview with Jorge Salas, Application Development Manager at Feder…
 
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 …
 
You want to amass technical assets rather than be consumed with handling your tech debt. One key element in achieving that is fostering a culture of Coders Without Borders—one of the axioms of leadership from my upcoming book, The Tech Executive Operating System. In this episode, I break down what this means, provide you with real examples from my …
 
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