Creating a great organisational culture

Featured image: Photo of Group of Men Wearing Assorted Scarves Holding Sticks What is culture? You are probably tired of seeing this word mentioned in countless job descriptions and conversations in and outside your organisation. “That’s not the culture here.” Or “that’s our culture”. Or “we have a transparent culture”. Quite often this is just an abuse of the term culture. But because it is popular, it makes those making the claims feel like they work at a great organisation....

October 7, 2022 · 7 min · 1308 words
Paper boats

What is Self Management and why do you need to get better at it?

There will be a time in your career where you start to think, I have been doing what I’m assigned really well. I would like to do more. Maybe this time, I should lead people. What do you think you need, in order to start working on leadership? Attend a leadership course? Read a book? That is a good start. Wouldn’t it be great if there was one place where you could go to find out what you needed to become a good leader?...

June 27, 2022 · 8 min · 1569 words

Managing a team

Featured Image by Austin Distel on Unsplash The title of this post is a bit vague. I agree it doesn’t give away much. Having managed teams since 2015ish, I have finally come to realise that as managers, one must make sure that their team members have an environment to thrive. A place where they can grow, be stretched just enough to feel proud of their achievement and not too much where they feel, work is taking over their life....

March 3, 2021 · 5 min · 1009 words · eakangk
System Design

What did I learn as a software engineering manager

The opportunity You are at the peak of your software engineering career. Or at least that’s what you thought at the time. You have done it all. New development, maintaining legacy applications, refactoring code, performance improvements, different kinds of database technologies, from proprietary to mainstream distributed systems. You have even tried your hand at web development and improved web app load times, things that as a backend engineer you never knew about!...

December 22, 2020 · 10 min · 1953 words · eakangk