cto.coffee is a podcast about people in technology. It features short conversation between me and varying guests, where we talk about the people side of technology and developing software.
If you like talking about the human side of technology, then I’d love to talk to you. Do reach out and let’s have a chat.
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 09 - Being Intentional with Stephen Lewis
In this episode, I spoke with Stephen Lewis, CTO at Palatinate Tech at the time of the recording. While we touch on a lot of topics, I think the main themes of our conversation are being intentional in your leadership, failing and the multiple benefits you get by building a trusted network of peers.
Episode 08 - Empathic Management with Alex Schladebeck
In this episode, I spoke with Alex Schladebeck, CEO at BREDEX GmbH, explored her working hypothesis of empathic management, which she shortly describes as "servant leadership with hearts".
Episode 06 - "Symbolic & Observational Thinking" with Yulia Startsev
For this episode, I had the honour to sit with Yulia, who works on Firefox's Developer Tools at Mozilla and is also Co-Chair of Ecma's TC39 in 2019. We talk about symbolic and observational thinking, what it is, how it relates to software development and how it can shape the way we think about learning and teaching.