My writing is mainly my thoughts and opinions on humans in tech. Namely all things leadership, management, how to collaborate effectively and how to foster empathetic teams.
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.
On the Structure of One on Ones
Over the course of those last two years, I found a structure for having 1on1 meetings that helps me a lot to get the most of these meetings, and which also helped to make 1on1s a deeply ingrained part of vaamo's tech team culture.
On the Purpose of One on Ones
Since I started working at my current role two years ago, I started to give the purpose and structure of the 1on1 meetings I had with my team members more thought.
And I want to share what I think is the purpose of having 1on1s.
Some time ago, as I started to spend more time on growing our tech team at vaamo again, I realized that I had put off one thing for much too long already: Putting down my definition of maturity and technical leadership in software teams. In order to get this finally sorted out, I'll lay out the aspects that together make up a mature developer.