I am interested in working on something of value to society, specifically as a technical product manager or head of software engineering, leading agile transformations to improve product management processes and the developer experience.

How I prefer to work:

I am enthusiastic, empathetic, and love to work in close collaboration with cross-functional, enabled teams.

What I am passionate about

  • agile (small ‘a’): improving delivery by reducing batch size, and value at risk
  • Working in a start-up culture starting with the goal, and working backwards to visualize product evolution
  • A bias for action
  • Leading teams through coaching while practicing XP (especially TDD and BDD)
  • Solving problems (human, technical, managerial, political) through collaboration towards shared goals
  • Studying the VSM: assessing, and optimizing
  • Automating everything, including semantic monitoring and remediation
  • Rapid innovation through trial and error, and learning from feedback
  • Making decisions at the last responsible moment
  • Facilitating inceptions and formulating a shared understanding to guide MVPs
  • “Fuck it, ship it”

What I try to avoid

  • Following a process without being able to influence it
  • Big up-front design
  • Succumbing to the status-quo
  • Star communications topology
  • Using tickets instead of interacting with people

What I fight against

  • Death by PowerPoint
  • A culture where there is no feedback, or where it is ignored
  • Governance by fiat or dogma
  • Collusion in Waterfall conspiracies

What I do well and enjoy

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