payoff time

I’ve spent the last 9 months leading, training, cajoling, inspiring and refining 30 new software engineers during their first major software engineering jobs.

This has been an amazing learning experience and has led me to a whole new appreciation of how much value I can add as 1 person vs. the value I can add in helping a large number of engineers achieve quality in their job.

I’ve also received a lot of positive feedback from these engineers and others around me and I am humbled by how many folks have told me how much they admire my passion for quality which is behind everything I do.

I’ve been honored to see these new engineers grow fantastically in their first few months.  I’ve treated them with respect and humility and I’ve put their growth and success as my main goal.  It’s paid off fantastically.

I’ve focused on Total Candor so I can be a kick-ass boss which happens to also be the name of a great book I recently read .  Other recent great reads have included:

  • Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility
  • Metaprogramming Ruby 2: Program like the pros
  • The Managers Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders navigating growth and change
  • The Clean Coder: A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers
  • Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams

I am now even more charged to chart the right course and do the right things!