cto.coffee is a podcast about humans in technology. It features short conversation between me and varying guests, where we talk about the human side of technology and developing software.
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Launching the cto.coffee Newsletter
End of April 2020 I sent out the first edition of my cto.coffee newsletter. It's meant as an experiment, for me to share more regularly what I'm paying attention to (Thanks, Richard Bartlett, for this great framing) and what is going on in cto.coffee land but also generally on my end.
Leadership as an Individual Contributor
Or: How to lead if you're not a manager. In the time of empowered (and hopefully self-organizing) teams it feels like a given, that not only people in management positions should be the ones taking on leadership. Heck, some teams and organizations even require their teams and senior developers to 'be leaders' without any kind of formal authority. At the same time, it feels very difficult to nail down what leading means for people who are not enabled by an organization's authority as managers usually are.
Episode 13 - About Engineering Culture Health Checks with James Bedford
In this episode I spoke with James Bedford. James started his career in construction, later became a self taught Frontend Developer and is now an Engineering Manager at Monzo.
Episode 12 - About Inclusive Events with Joanna and Beren
In this episode I spoke with Joanna Moćko-Łazarewicz and Beren Van Daele, from Isle of IT, a human centric company rooted in the testing community in Europe and the organizers of the ITMatters conference series.
Episode 11 - About Being a Generalist with April Matias
For this episode I spoke with April Matias, a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer from Berlin. April has a background in arts and humanities, worked in quality assurance for several years and has recently taken a developer bootcamp to expand her knowledge and skills.