I empower leaders through practice 🛠️💡✨. Director of Engineering at Papaya Global. Ex-Head of Engineering at Azimo.
Woman's Day and equality
Happy international women's day! 🌷 On that occasion, one hint at building equality. Mainly for leaders of all-white-male teams. Never assume you shouldn't hire the first woman (or any representative of a minority) to your team because they won't feel comfortable surrounded by men teammates. It's not a sign of care.
By 2030 tech talent shortage will reach 4 million unfilled positions
Even though we will experience massive layoffs in tech in 2023, we should keep in mind the big picture. The tech talent shortage is going nowhere and may reach 4 mln unfilled positions in 2030, according to KornFerry (check their Global Talent Crunch report). It'll be a big challenge for
Here you can find practical materials for engineering management. Everything I publish here is battle-tested after multiple years of my career in leadership roles. First Ten 1:1s for Engineering Leaders The workbook with practical hints which walk you through your first ten 1:1 sessions with your teammates. Get
1000x "whys" from your kid and leadership
How does being a father helps me be a better leader? 👨👧💡 One proven way to build children's self-esteem is not to force them to do things. Don't use the position of power, but inspire, explain, and acknowledge their feelings. Since my daughter started to perceive causality, she's been asking 1000x
1 out of 3 IT students aspire to solve problems
According to Developer Nation Community survey, 1 out of 3 IT students aspires to solve problems. Think of it when planning career growth for your interns and junior engineers. Support them in becoming independent professionals who use their potential to the fullest rather than becoming your copy and/or task
What to expect from Software Engineer
Supporting growth and planning goals for your teammates require an individual approach. But there is one root concept I use when working with every single software engineer. According to Wikipedia, "A software engineer is a person who applies the principles of software engineering to design, develop, maintain, test, and evaluate
Deliver faster and increase quality
What's the most important objective for a tech company? Deliver products faster and increase their quality over time. Engineering teams too often focus on the "here and now." Deliver this or that feature quickly and forget it. More important than these quick wins is how fast you can iterate over
Lessons learned from the previous newsletter - PrzywodztwowIT.pl
Hey, I'm writing this after more than a year of silence on PrzywodzwtwowIT.pl. I owe you an explanation. When I launched the newsletter Przywództwo w IT, I wanted to share my experience with engineering leaders in the Polish IT industry. I sent my stories and pieces of advice every
2hrs per week saved thanks to WFH
Thanks to working from home, we save about 2hrs a week (commute time savings). And 40% of this extra time is allocated and goes back to our jobs (either primary or secondary). These are facts from National Bureau of Economic Research. Not saying that the remote first job market will
Engineering leader, go back coding
In this challenging year, with tightening budgets and leaner teams, engineering leaders should go back to coding. Go back to coding to understand the team's challenges better. Go back to coding to see how easy it is to onboard to the project. What are the gaps in documentation, or what's
Three levels of engineering teams engagement
There are three levels of engineering teams' engagement. Interestingly, each sees themselves as high-performing contributors who work hard each day, using their professional skills to the fullest. 1st level of engagement - focus on input. Engineers are smart people, and they know how to solve problems. But they expect organizations
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How to stay rational under pressure?
There is no easy way to detach yourself from emotions, esp. when you experience a tough and stressful situation. What helps me make better decisions is acknowledging these emotions rather than trying to suppress them. When facing a difficult situation, I try to ask myself “I feel angry, how does
Running too fast
What do running have in common with software development? I've been running short distances for years but pushing my 5km run by an additional one or two kilometers was such an exhausting experience. I couldn't understand how running 10 or 20, or 40 km could be a pleasure for anyone.
Investing in the team's growth
Investing in a team's growth seems to be an obvious thing for engineering leaders. But in this challenging year, we need to double our efforts. Technical skills - yes, they are essential. So your people need to be better engineers or architects. But because the role of technology in a
Find solutions, not problems
No matter if you work in command&control or trust&inspire culture, there is one thing you can do to build empowerment in your engineering team almost immediately. During the next refinement sessions, observe what's dynamics between the team and the Product Manager. If it's this way: * She comes with