Software documentation in growing companies

Maintaining functional and correct architecture documentation for your product is basically an unsolved problem. There are companies where this is critical and rooted in compliance regulations - like aviation - and they do it right, but at a high cost. Architecture documentation is quickly outdated, and in fast-growing companies, the...

Learnings from Nonviolent Communication

I just finished reading Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg. From the very beginning, I had this feeling that I should have read it a few years ago. I am so impressed by its simplicity in comparison to the value it brings that I decided to write a few minutes...

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7 lessons on being Group Engineering Manager

Everyone knows this common mantra - when you start being an Engineering Manager, you are a junior and need to learn everything from scratch. I believe that’s very similar when you start managing managers - either by being Group Engineering Manager or Director of Engineering. You bring years of experience...

What is Principal Engineer role?

A principal engineer usually means one of the most experienced individual contributors in the organisation. It’s an ultimate step in the engineer career ladder that gives great recognition for folks in that role but also the highest expectations for their performance. Being principal engineer is not an easy task and...

Changing a manager as Engineering Manager

I changed managers recently. The reorganisation in my org slightly changed the north star vision for my group and also changed which engineering director is my manager. I totally underestimated how much energy it will cost and decided to write down the observations and lessons to be better prepared next...