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The SimpleLeadership Podcast (iTunes link) specifically focuses on improving the craft of software engineering leadership. As a VP of Engineering & CTO I am acutely aware of the lack of good resources available for new and existing software engineering managers. SimpleLeadership is designed for both new and experienced software & technology managers who want to build high-performing teams, better motivate & mentor their employees, reduce attrition and advance their career. It is for people who want to go beyond just being a manager and become a true leader. During these interviews I ask each guest to share their journey from individual contributor to software engineering manager and provide any guidance on the transition. I also like to focus each podcast on a specific theme related to the challenges of managing and leading software engineering teams & organizations.

The SimpleLeadership Podcast (iTunes link) specifically focuses on improving the craft of software engineering leadership. As a VP of Engineering & CTO I am acutely aware of the lack of good resources available for new and existing software engineering managers. SimpleLeadership is designed for both new and experienced software & technology managers who want to build high-performing teams, better motivate & mentor their employees, reduce attrition and advance their career. It is for people who want to go beyond just being a manager and become a true leader. During these interviews I ask each guest to share their journey from individual contributor to software engineering manager and provide any guidance on the transition. I also like to focus each podcast on a specific theme related to the challenges of managing and leading software engineering teams & organizations.
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The SimpleLeadership Podcast (iTunes link) specifically focuses on improving the craft of software engineering leadership. As a VP of Engineering & CTO I am acutely aware of the lack of good resources available for new and existing software engineering managers. SimpleLeadership is designed for both new and experienced software & technology managers who want to build high-performing teams, better motivate & mentor their employees, reduce attrition and advance their career. It is for people who want to go beyond just being a manager and become a true leader. During these interviews I ask each guest to share their journey from individual contributor to software engineering manager and provide any guidance on the transition. I also like to focus each podcast on a specific theme related to the challenges of managing and leading software engineering teams & organizations.

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Episodes

Best Practices for Managing Remote Teams with Steph Smith

4/8/2019
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Steph is the Head of Publications at Toptal, a serial maker, and a supporter of women in technology. Outside of leading a remote team of a few dozen, she is a self-taught developer that builds projects related to women in technology, remote work, and self-improvement. She’s launched products that have hit #1 on Product Hunt, articles that have trended the top of Hacker News, and was nominated for Maker of the Year in 2018. She actively supports women in technology by speaking about the...

Duration:00:48:37

Having a Growth Mindset with Patrick Pena

3/18/2019
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Patrick has spent his career applying his engineering talents to the healthcare industry. In that time he’s focused on learning and growing as an engineer, a teammate, team lead, and more recently as an engineering manager. He considers himself a people gardener and coalition builder and believes in people-first leadership. Patrick loves teaching and tackling people and process opportunities to help teams and individuals grow. On today's show we discuss communication, psychology, having a...

Duration:00:37:59

Bootstrapping Inclusion with Jason Wong

2/25/2019
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Jason Wong is a proven engineering leader, diversity & inclusion consultant, and doughnut enthusiast. With almost two decades of experience in building and scaling web applications, he has worked in a range of industries from academia to online media and e-commerce. He helped establish web development and administrative computing at Columbia College, led development of premium video streaming services at Yahoo! Sports, and spent seven years at Etsy leading their Infrastructure Engineering...

Duration:00:38:41

How Culture Can Help Your Teams Scale with Eric Elliott

2/3/2019
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Eric Elliott is a distributed systems expert, and author of the books "Programming JavaScript Applications" and "Composing Software". He builds and advises development teams for crypto projects, and has contributed to software experiences for Adobe Systems, Zumba Fitness, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, BBC, and top recording artists including Usher, Frank Ocean, Metallica, and many more. He spends most of his time in the San Francisco Bay Area with the most beautiful woman in the world. On...

Duration:00:53:15

Running Remote Teams with Liam Martin

12/17/2018
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Liam is the co-founder and CMO of TimeDoctor.com, Running Remote Conference and Staff.com. After graduating with a masters in Sociology from McGill University, Liam opened a small tutoring company which grew to over 100 employees, and looked to solve a problem with remote employees not reporting accurate work data which turned into Staff.com. He consults on outsourcing and process design and is passionate about how to gain insights into the inner workings of how people work. On today's...

Duration:00:54:28

Purpose, Motivation and Empathy with John Rouda

12/2/2018
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John Rouda is an IT Leader and Computer Science Professor. Currently, he is an IT Director and he teaches as an adjunct professor at both York Technical College and Winthrop University. John has spoken at numerous conferences and is currently on the board of the Interface Cyber Security Conference. John’s past experiences include more than a decade of Technical management in both software development and network infrastructure. In 1999, John Rouda and 2 partners founded a business...

Duration:00:46:02

The Importance of Relationships with Saurabh Daftary

11/18/2018
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Saurabh is currently an Engineering Manager at Twilio. He joined Twilio about 4 years back as a senior engineer. He then moved into a tech lead position and then transitioned into management about 1.5 years ago. Since then, he has grown into managing multiple engineering teams within Twilio's Messaging organization. Before joining Twilio, Saurabh worked in a couple of fin-tech startups in the Boston area mostly in an Individual Contributor role. He has a strong passion for engineering...

Duration:00:42:58

The Importance of Training Junior Developers with Michelle Brenner

10/28/2018
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Michelle is a Senior Backend Engineer at ChowNow, helping local restaurants grow their business by strengthening relationships with their customers. She has previously served as both an engineer and a manager for the last 7+ years in entertainment technology. She has worked tirelessly to help movies and television get made faster and cheaper, saving productions millions of dollars. A Philadelphia native, she has a background in Media Arts and is a self-taught Python developer. Michelle is...

Duration:00:37:21

Tips for Scaling Engineering Teams with Darragh Curran

9/16/2018
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Darragh is currently the VP of Engineering at Intercom. (One of my favorite companies). He joined Intercom in early 2012 as a product engineer and Intercom's second outside hire. Fast forward to today, and he is Intercom's VP of Engineering where he has grown and scaled the organization into a world class Engineering team. Prior to Intercom, Darragh worked at numerous other companies including Amazon.com. Darragh is mentor on the Plato network and is passionate about the outdoors and his...

Duration:00:49:23

Engineering Managing and Leadership with Camille Fournier

8/19/2018
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Camille Fournier is the head of Platform Engineering at Two Sigma, a financial company in New York City. Prior to joining Two Sigma she was the Chief Technology Officer of Rent the Runway, a transformative brand that offers unprecedented access to designer fashion, disrupting the way millions of women get dressed. She is an open source contributor and project committee member for both Apache ZooKeeper and the Dropwizard web framework. Prior to working for Rent the Runway, Camille served as...

Duration:00:45:22

Proper Expectation Setting and Mindful Communication with Lara Hogan

8/5/2018
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Lara Callender Hogan is an engineering leader, coach, and consultant at Wherewithall. She is also the author of (O’Reilly, 2014), (Five Simple Steps, 2015), and (A Book Apart, 2016). Lara champions engineering management as a practice, having built and led engineering organizations as an Engineering Director at Etsy and VP of Engineering at Kickstarter. In her world tour to advocate performance to designers and developers alike, Lara has keynoted the Velocity Conference, presented at...

Duration:00:42:08

From Intern to VP of Engineering with Mihai Fonoage

7/23/2018
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Mihai Fonoage is the Vice President of Engineering for Modernizing Medicine. In this role he leads a Team of Engineers that are working on building high-quality software for medical practices to increase efficiency and improve patient care. With over 13 years of experience in the technology world, his technical prowess has strongly contributed to Modernizing Medicine’s success. Mihai has a PhD in Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University and was Modernizing Medicine’s first employee....

Duration:00:55:30

Managing Former Peers with Jen Dary

7/8/2018
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Jen Dary is the founder of Plucky, an organization that works with companies and individuals to create healthy dynamics at work. She is a leadership coach and speaker; she travels across the US teaching workshops, including her popular course, So Now You’re a Manager, which trains new managers across the country for the complex work of herding humans. Jen lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two young sons. On today's episode we discuss one of the tricky challenges of being a first...

Duration:00:57:28

Slowing Down to Go Faster with Leonard Chung

6/11/2018
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Leonard is the founder and CEO of Hello Chava, a company reimagining productivity tools for the solo professional. Over the past 25 years, Leonard has recognized emerging markets and launched multiple successful products with a particular focus in SaaS, Cloud Computing, and Collaboration through first gen products such as Hello Chava, Syncplicity, Windows PowerShell, and SETI@home. On today's episode we discuss scaling your leadership, being humble, racing cars and slowing down to go...

Duration:00:46:57

Should Managers Write Code with Leith Abdulla

5/13/2018
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Given a jar of peanut butter, a spoon and a challenging problem, I feel set up for success! I build and manage happy, healthy engineering teams that ship impactful products without sacrificing the user or developer experience. I like to focus on engineering culture (testing, performance + career growth), creating tools for engineering managers, internationalization, accessibility and improving the relationship between engineering, design, product managers and product support. I'm in a...

Duration:00:45:27

Nurturing an Inclusive Environment - Live Plato Event

5/6/2018
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Today's podcast is a recording of a live panel that I moderated which focused on nurturing an inclusive environment at technology companies. It was part of a larger event put on by the tech mentoring company Plato. The fantastic guests that I had a chance to discuss this with were: I have interviewed both Shivani Sharma and Nick Caldwell on previous podcast episodes and I encourage you to go to my podcast archives and listen to those episodes. Listen on as my panelists discuss the...

Duration:00:39:58

Diversity and Inclusion and Building High Performing Teams with Erica Stanley

4/29/2018
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Erica is an engineering manager for the integrations and data analytics teams at SalesLoft – where she’s helping grow the product engineering team for the 4th fastest growing software company in North America and #1 best place to work in Atlanta. During her 18 year career in tech, she’s worked with large companies, including Boeing, FOX Interactive Media and Turner Broadcasting, as well as early-stage startups--of which 2 were acquired, by MySpace and Oracle. Erica works passionately...

Duration:00:48:12

How to Leave a Company as a Manager by Dennis Nerush

4/22/2018
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Dennis is the Head of Integration at HiredScore, a startup that helps large companies achieve their hiring and recruiting goals using deep system integrations and AI. Dennis is a former team and group leader at Sears Israel working on large scale social e-commerce platform and before that he was a team leader and a full stack developer at the Israeli Air Force. He is passionate about people growth and company culture. On today's episode we discuss the challenges, both logistical and...

Duration:00:53:38

Remote Teams and the Importance of Employee Mental Health with Katie Womersley

4/15/2018
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Katie is a Director of Engineering at Buffer, a globally distributed team with no offices, and O’Reilly author. At Buffer, she leads the engineering team focusing on crafting productive, effective teams and delivering a world class software product. She previously worked as software engineer before moving into leadership. Her writing has appeared in The Next Web, Inc Magazine and Fast Company. Contact Info: website: http://katiewomersley.com/ Twitter:...

Duration:00:46:24

Hiring Best Practices and Diversity and Inclusion with Rachael Stedman

4/8/2018
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Rachael is an engineering manager for the infrastructure and backend teams at Lever, a collaborative hiring software product helping companies recruit and grow their teams. She joined the team in 2014 as a product engineer and was one of the first employees to kickoff internal discussions around diversity and inclusion. She transitioned into a management role over a year ago and is dedicated to growing engineering teams who have a strong combination of technical and soft skills. On today's...

Duration:00:48:04