Before junior software developers can start advancing their career, there are some fundamental skills they need to have in place. This seems to be sort of magic for most, so I share here a way of thinking about developing yourself based on the expectations I have to my teams. By understanding the expectations we have to the more senior engineers in five key areas, as well as … [Read more...] about Five Basic Skill Sets Needed to Become A Senior Software Developer
As software product organisations grow, they can become the victims of their own sales success. Many high-priority customers and features put pressure on the engineering organisation to deliver, but even when using all the traditional ways to prioritise and optimise execution, you feel progress is slow and the overall "delightfulness" of your product is not what it should … [Read more...] about Are You Lost In All The High Priorities?
So, you managed to pull it through. You found your product-market fit (or at least partially), got customers to pay, and secured your funding to expand. Your tight-knit team where everybody knows what everybody is doing will now double and triple in size as you add more people to the team to support your growth. Congratulations! Make sure you take time to celebrate because you … [Read more...] about The Three Deadly Sins of Scale-Ups
Take two of the production-quality Flutter starter app after nearly seven months of tremendous progress in the Flutter community. The starter app has been updated to the latest Flutter releases, best practices, and improved in many aspects. Update Mar 6, 2020: The first_app is now available in Google Play store and as an iOS beta! When I open-sourced my work in July 2019 … [Read more...] about A Production-Quality Flutter Starter App, Take Two
In my last post I introduced a practical approach to engineering leadership and the skills required in any engineering organisation. The post must have struck a nerve as it got a lot of reads, especially on Medium in The Startup magazine where I cross-post some of my blog posts. However, I'm sure people have many new questions on the practical side of how this works … [Read more...] about The Perfect Engineering Manager