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How to Build a ​ Great Engineering Culture​

How to Build a ​ Great Engineering Culture​

You've got the tech, but how do you build high performing Engineering teams? What are the ingredients for you to keep your engineers wanting to work with you while you deliver amazing quality products? This is a brief overview of the foundation that you should consider building into your culture and tech landscape.

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Tanja Lichtensteiger

May 01, 2019
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  1. How to Build a Great Engineering Culture Tanja Lichtensteiger -

    Engineering Manager @GrappleShark
  2. My Engineering Journey Engineering Manager • Campaigns - K8s, Kotlin,

    Kafka, Java • Promos - JS, React, Node.js, AWS • Bet Transactions - JS, React, Java, Node.js • Bet Rep - K8s, Kotlin, Kafka, Java • TDS - Kotlin, Java, AWS • Native - iOS/Android (Swift / Kotlin) KV-Informatik Apprentice (Business Information Systems) • Oracle • Open-Source 18+ Years @GrappleShark
  3. Engineering Culture? @GrappleShark

  4. People & Teams • Hire for attitude, potential & resilience

    • Hire smarter/better than you, pay them well • Job Satisfaction • Autonomy, Mastery • Complexity • Connection between effort & reward • Loosely coupled, highly aligned squads • Minimise blast radius • Two pizzas • Autonomy with guardrails @GrappleShark
  5. Psychological Safety • Encourage collaboration & debate • Let them

    be who they are at work as they are at home • Encourage Diversity • No Ego @GrappleShark
  6. Fail Fast • Fail fast, learn fast • Find out

    sooner! • Get them pushing to production environments asap • Breakdown to little steps • Iterate quickly • learn what works fast • And quickly fix what doesn’t • Chaos Engineering, anybody? @GrappleShark
  7. Feedback • How do they know? • Honest, transparent +

    frequent • No Ego • Learning Opportunity • Every 3 months formal performance check ins • No Surprises • 360 reviews • Clear expectations, boundaries • Feedback goes two ways @GrappleShark
  8. Build Better People • People = Asset • Invest in

    their Learning • Friday PM • Funds for conferences, training, events, materials • Regular 1:1 • Help them become better: • Technologists • Human beings! @GrappleShark
  9. @GrappleShark

  10. @GrappleShark GrappleShark@gmail.com grappleshark