Podcast: Governance vs developer freedom: The balancing act Anders Wallgren

Anders Wallgren

VP of Technology Strategy at CloudBees

Podcast – Episode 42:
Governance vs developer freedom: The balancing act 

Smarter, smoother, well-governed development processes out of the box

Tech leaders immersed in software development and deployment processes–from embedded software to more user-facing applications–will love this.

Anders Wallgren, the Vice President of Technology Strategy at CloudBees joined us to share LOADS of tips and advice on having a smooth end-to-end development process. Being a software developer in the past (I’m a geek that managed to de-geek), I know the pains and benefits of getting this right. The investment in automation and auditing-as-you-go saves many headaches and Kerr-chings (money!) over and over again. The system that Anders and CloudBees have created is just awesome–especially for high compliance industries.

It’s really all about how do you discover all the work so that you can then automate it, orchestrating it, and have the humans not do the repetitive rote work, which frankly we humans’ kind of suck at and computers are much better suited to doing, and we can have the humans do their creative problem-solving 
innovative work, which we tend to be a lot better at, than computers.

Key takeaways from the podcast are: 

  • How automation can become your implicit auditing 
  • How tech leaders can enable companies to balance governance and developer freedom with a win/win scenario 
  • The benefits of taking two steps back to make huge leaps forward in the efficiency of your value delivery  

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Podcast: Mindful leadership in athenahealth with Bela Labovitch

Bela Labovitch

VP of Engineering at athenahealth

Podcast – Episode 41:
Mindful leadership in athenahealth 

Tech to help doctors focus on what they are good at

We all hope for a day when we don’t need to mention, or even be surprised, when we see women leading in tech. But, until that wonderful moment arrives, we will celebrate a marvelous leader’s journey and her leadership practices. Bela Labovitch, the VP of engineering at athenahealth, joins us to share her story and why she has much gratitude for her job. Of special interest, how she makes the role effective and delightful for her people, the end customer, and the business itself.

I think as a leader, what should be important to you is the continual improvement of your teams, what should be important to you as a signaling of something going wrong? So, make that time, it is important.

We also look at the problem that athenahealth is solving in the market and how it allows doctors and similar professionals to focus on what they love doing by adding ease and automation to important aspects of their business operations. 

Key takeaways from the podcast with Bela are: 

  • The importance of metrics and measuring 
  • The power of a tool we all have as leadersmindfulness and the surprising impact it can have on all aspects of the tech leader role
  • How companies can help create more diversity within their companies and encourage girls and women  to pursue tech careers

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Podcast: Solving address poverty with Emre Turan

Emre Turan

CTO at UNL Global

Podcast – Episode 40:
Solving address poverty 

Creating the internet of places

You wouldn’t believe it, but 4 billion people in the world do not have an address. We take it for granted in first and 2nd world nations. But imagine not having a framework to get things to you. Shocking! This is why Emre Turan, the tech leader of UNL Global, leads the tech to create the internet of places. An addressing system to bring people out of address poverty. Maybe we in more modernized countries will adopt the same system. Thus, creating a standardized global standard.

“First of all, you have to learn how to listen. You need to understand what kind of things people need and you need to serve in that way, if you don’t know what kind of things they need, it’s not gonna work.”

The key takeaways from the conversation with Emre are:

  • The importance of creating a system that anywhere in the world can have an address 
  • Making sure external outsourced teams are invited into the fold of a company. Please don’t treat them differently 
  • Using data to create selfhealing maps 
  • The importance of reading the book Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. It raises awareness around a bug that all of humanity has and will serve your leadership immensely. 

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Podcast: FinTech's blockchain solution to take security trading to the next level with Amit Goyal

Amit Goyal

CTO at tZERO

Podcast – Episode 39:
FinTech’s blockchain solution to take security trading to the next level 

CTO in the trading space

We all see big stock markets trading shares in big companies, with their stock-tickers showing the ups and downs of an organization’s perceived value. Imagine if you could invest in, let’s say, a sports star’s career or the local shop down the road. Well, this is the platform that tZERO’s CTO, Amit Goyal, is working on. He joins us to share his trials and tribulations, not forgetting the successes in creating this novel trading system.

“I think the best advise is to plan small, go with one service, go with one team, let them be successful, don’t be too impatient.”

The key takeaways from the conversation with Amit are:

  • How a more democratic trading system will create investment and growth opportunities in some weird and wonderful places 
  • Slicing big projects into manageable small value deliverables enhances the Agile space 
  • The importance of reducing the delay of developed code getting into the production space. Ultimately to ensure developers don’t get disconnected from their work and technical debt doesnt sit around out of sight. 

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Podcast: Making businesses more human one video at a time with Brendan Schwartz

Brendan Schwartz

CTO and co-founder of Wistia

Podcast – Episode 38:
Making businesses more human one video at a time 

CTO and co-founder of Wistia shares the startup journey

Many enlightened businesses work hard to make their brands and relationships with their customers stronger and more human, and that’s exactly what Wistia does. For those who think that’s obvious, well, there are many businesses out there that do the exact opposite. Either intentionally or unintentionally.

The CTO and co-founder of this interesting startup joins us to share his leadership learning and the importance of building that human face of the business one video at a time. With the bonus of making the process super easy and effective.

“An obvious thing nowadays, like video is a way to connect with people. It’s a very emotional medium.”

The key takeaways from the conversation with Brendan are:

  • Creating the right funding model for your startup can have a positive impact on the way you run and do business
  • Learning from Brendan’s reflections of leading through tough decisions (tapping into the wisdom of the organization)
  • Leading with remote teams and making sure they become autonomous and effective development machines
    • Especially getting the decision making and set of power closer to the cross functional teams doing the work

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Podcast: Healthy feedback loops improving cancer intelligence with Denali Lumma

Denali Lumma

VP of engineering at Project Ronin

Podcast – Episode 37:
Healthy feedback loops improving cancer intelligence 

Denali’s story of turning the ship around. The resounding success of Agile

In this episode, we talk to a tech leader who has turned a technical ship around. Her leadership resides in an organization that works hard to improve palliative care.

Denali Lumma, the VP of engineering at Project Ronin, shares her story and her leadership. Particularly on how she, her peers, and team pivoted a troubling technical situation and created a state of technical flow in the organization. The best part is the improvements in care for patients. Feedback loops of care went from a month to days, allowing carers to be agile in improving the conditions of patients and enhancing their quality of life. Maybe even saving lives.

“If I can do it, you can do it. Anyone can do it. It’s just a matter of perseverance. And, and knowing that failure and defeat is part of the human experience. But that it is eventually worth it. I guess. I’m not sure if that’s very inspiring or not, but that’s the truth.”

The key takeaways from the conversation with Denali are:  

  • The concept of technicaldebteventhorizon (the point of no return) 
  • How Agile can absolutely work. It can be a success if you keep going, learn from the mistakes, and don’t see it as some magic formula out of the box. You have to be agile about Agile. Let it guide you, rather than dictate 
  • The huge power of healthy feedback loops–find the important ones and enhance them
  • How systems and industries create incentives that really aren’t helpful, even damaging 

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Podcast: Layering technology onto the art of creating homes with Rajiv Peter

Rajiv Peter

Director of Digital Technology at Notting Hill Genesis

Podcast – Episode 36:
Layering technology onto the art of creating homes 

Leading the modernization of the housing association industry

With technology permeating and threading through all industries, it’s surprising when you come across an industry that has further growth in the digital space, giving the tech leaders in that arena the opportunity to spearhead an industry evolution. This is exactly what our guest Rajiv Peter, Director of Digital Technology at Notting Hill Genesis, is doing. Under his leadership and tech team, the company creates opportunities for more growth, efficient operations, and insights from the data they collect.

Like the host, Rajiv has Dyslexia, from which he has adapted and created his own mechanisms and leadership style to thrive.

“My leadership style is pretty relaxed. I’d say, I would leave people to do what they need to do. I don’t interfere too much. I would just go in once in a while and dive in quite deep into some subjects.”

The key takeaways from the conversation with Rajiv are:  

  • Using the gift of Dyslexia to lead in a better way (Visual vision) 
  • The power of trusting your teams 
  • Preparing a business to be able to collect the right data for the next evolution so they can sense and adapt aspects of the business’ direction 

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Podcast: Clarity for the opaque world of seaborne energy with Maksym Schipka

Maksym Schipka

CTO at Vortexa

Podcast – Episode 35:
Clarity for the opaque world of seaborne energy 

The success of a reluctant tech leader

In this episode, we talk to a tech leader who initially had very little desire to become a CTO. However, once the journey began, not only was he a success, but he also came to appreciate and love the role. His passion shows and is a great inspiration to try things you think you don’t want.

Maksym Schipka, the CTO at Vortexa, shares his tech journey and what’s worked, and is working for him. Just to put into perspective the importance of Vortexa’s operation, it tracks more than $1.8 trillion of waterborne energy trades per year. That’s a great deal of ka-chings! Their work and innovations disrupt the way the energy markets operate, creating visibility into the very opaque world of seaborne energy trading.

“Don’t be afraid to try something out and see how much it interests you. If it does interest you will become good at it because you will put an effort to doing it. 

His desire (and deeper purpose) to solve problems and face difficult challenges, led Maksym to solve technical goals and even more complex ones like strategic and the dynamics of leading people. His desire to create elegant solutions in his leadership serves the business, the people, and his own leadership. 

The key takeaways from the conversation with Maksym are:  

  • The amazing payoffs of taking small, uncomfortable steps –new realizations regarding what interests you and what doesn’t, plus the willingness to face fear, risk, and dislikes to make adventurous, inspired career choices.   
  • How data and machine learning are being used to disrupt the energy trading system – a disruption that serves and enhances the work of traders and the industry as a whole.  
  • The power in a leader is willing to become redundant in many of the tech activities and business operations. When your teams need you less, you are succeeding immensely as a leader. This reminds me of the quote from Nanny McPhee, “When you need me, but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me but no longer need me, I have to go.”.   
  • The importance of attachment and detachment in leadership, and how to allow teams and people to grow and expand their responsibility.  

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Podcast: Creating tech for chip manufacturers atomic metrology with Hamed Sadeghian

Hamed Sadeghian 

President & CTO at Nearfield Instruments

Podcast – Episode 34:
Creating tech for chip manufacturers atomic metrology 

Leading entrepreneurial tech at the cutting edge of the cutting edge

Niches don’t get any tighter than this. Our guest Hamed Sadeghian, President and CTO of Nearfield instruments, shares with us his voyage to the helm of a super high-tech, high science market. From his metrology in the oil and gas industry to the measurement of atoms, he now heads an organization that helps chip manufacturers sharpen their cutting edge.

“Making the technology production worthy for the industrial world rather than the science lab. 

Several subjects are covered in the podcast, not to mention Hameds leadership and selfleadership. He has carved out a great path for himself in a market that not many people operate. With his hand still in the research and development, he plays a pivotal role in keeping the company at the forefront of delivering products that enhance Nearfields customers operations. Like Hamed puts it, its a highly competitive market that has a constantly moving target.  

Key takeaways from the podcast are: 

  • Sanitizing your vision and making it your war 
  • What you need to be able to lead effectively in an entrepreneurial company 
  • Finding a pain and ensuring the solution is what the customer wants 
  • The kinds of people and teams you need in an R&D space 
  • Creating visibility for the customer so they know where you are going 

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Podcast: The art of digital experience with Marcus Lambert

Marcus Lambert 

CTO at Omobono

Podcast – Episode 33:
The art of digital experience – Making big brands like Google, Shell, BP, Facebook more desirable
 

User-experience is the new brand

In this information-obsessed modern world, marketing takes on many forms. And a word that gets banded around a lot (and quite rightly) is brand. For Omobono, the brand isn’t just logos and fancy billboards; it’s more than that. The CTO from Omobono, Marcus Lambert, joins us to tell us about its importance and how an organization’s brand can be enhanced digitally.

“Be transparent and be honest. Your job as a leader is to get the best out of the individuals and your team as a whole.”

Marcus also talks about his leadership and how he works hard to keep to the foundations of Agile (the values and principles), creating a high trust environment through transparency. Knowing what is happening, what will be happening, and knowing each other thoroughly is a recipe for success. 

Key takeaways from the podcast are:  

  • Organizational trust layered into every nook-and-cranny of the business is the key to lasting transformation. (Omobono’s story around this is a must-hear – truly inspiring!)  
  • Transparency creates clarity. It is a simple, sometimes painful, quite powerful tool that all establishments need to embrace for better leadership throughout the org.  
  • The lessons learned from oscillating between small companies and large corporates and back again.  

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