Why Engineers Hate your “Boiler Plate” Job Descriptions?

Why Engineers Hate your “Boiler Plate” Job Descriptions?

The main idea here is about not being willing to settle for less. I realise the market is tough right now, and maybe you’ll need to make compromises. But do you want to start at the wrong end of the pool? When you go out the door with a generic description, you preemptively give up the battle. If you need to settle — fine! — but know exactly what points you’re compromising on.

Do you really need a Product Manager for a successful Product?

Do you really need a Product Manager for a successful Product?

This post is a summary of a series of “Mentoring” and “Advisory”  calls I did with some early stage startups, over the past 6 months. Most of the time, one of the founder ideates, one builds/leads the build. But, they want to go fast and think they need a Product Manager. Unfortunately, most of them …

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A Tech Lead writing code is a disservice to the company.

A Tech Lead writing code is a disservice to the company.

You have been coding your whole life or at least most of your professional life. Recently, you have been promoted/designated or as a Lead Engineer or a Tech Lead. Does anything change for you? Should you stop coding? People generally say, hell no! And why should you now? You like it;  You enjoy it and …

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How to select SSO Standard for your SaaS Application.

How to select SSO Standard for your SaaS Application.

For anyone developing any application on the cloud, the major concern is always how is security implemented. Typically, you start with an authentication system viz. Usernames & Passwords. As your application grows in size of use cases and adoption, you’ll soon find a necessity to improve your security posture, these could range from MFA, Federated …

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What Does It Take To Become a “Senior” Software Engineer.

What Does It Take To Become a “Senior” Software Engineer.

This article is a result of a discussion with one of our ” Ninja-neer”. He was interested in “Delivering Business Value” but not interested to take up People Management or other responsibilities. Do I have any pointers for people like him? Of course. So, we started discussing on ways he can contribute at a different …

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The 5 ways to Fail as Engineering Managers in Startups

The 5 ways to Fail as Engineering Managers in Startups

This article is a compilation of multiple years of my experience being an Engineering Manager and subsequently running the Tech Org and managing multiple Engineering Managers. I have tried to summarise and condense them. Having a good manager can make you feel supported, can boost your career growth (and sometimes personal), and help make your …

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Business Value Delivery by Engineering Teams in StartUps – Part 2

Business Value Delivery by Engineering Teams in StartUps – Part 2

In this multi-part post, I will try to articulate my view on the importance of business value and its delivery by engineering teams. This is the second part, where I will share my perspective on the “How of it”. Part 2: The How of it – Define, Visualise, Prioritise, Develop, Deliver & Measure. 1). Define …

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Engineering Leadership in Start-Ups: Engineering Manager, Director, VP of Engineering.

Engineering Leadership in Start-Ups: Engineering Manager, Director, VP of Engineering.

This post is partly the result of my discussions with our People practice leader and talent acquisition executive. ITILITE is at a phase of growth, where are looking for more engineering & product management bandwidth. And I had to think hard to write the various Job-Descriptions. So, I have tried to generalise it using my …

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Building a Log-Management & Analytics Solution for Your StartUp

Building a Log-Management & Analytics Solution for Your StartUp

Building a Log-Management & Analytics Solution for Your StartUp Background: As described in an earlier post, I run the Engineering at an early stage #traveltech #startup called Itilite. So, one of my responsibility is to architect, build and manage the cloud infrastructure for the company. Even though I have had designed/built and maintained the cloud infrastructure …

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