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Everyone is on their own trek. And we can all use a little help along the way.

The Tech Trek features conversations with top leaders in technology on how they are transforming their industry and organization. We explore the intersections of technology, management, and innovation. We talk about their impact, lessons learned, and what knowledge they can pass on to others.
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 The relationship between data and engineering teams
The relationship between data and engineering teams
In this episode, Che Sharma, Founder & CEO of Eppo, talks about the relationship between data and engineering teams and how both teams can originate impactful experiments. Key takeaways: Data teams are trying to improve decision quality across the org How do data quality metrics affect the engineering team? Importance of experiments and feedback loops Experimentation maturity curve Engineering can be a source of experimentation Leadership needs to provide clear metrics to help prioritize Moving requirements from sales-driven to product-driven About today’s guest:  Che Sharma is the Founder & CEO of Eppo, a next-gen AB experimentation platform designed to spur entrepreneurial culture. As the 4th data scientist at Airbnb and early data scientist at companies like Webflow, Che has been focused on the maturity curve of growth-stage companies and how data can drive ROI. Che previously led the team that developed Airbnb's knowledge repo and has led data teams focused on production machine learning and instrumentation integrity. Twitter:  @chesharma87 LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chetanvsharma/ ___ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and we would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
25:41
November 22, 2022
Empathy-driven process development
Empathy-driven process development
In this episode, Ty Sbano, an Information Security executive with over 17 years of experience heavily focused on empowering end users securely, talks about “Empathy-Driven Process Development.” He speaks about driving change and how we are changed by empathy. Key takeaways: What is empathy-driven process development Taking yourself out of the equation when changing processes How fast do you want to drive change Understand the impact of change on people The larger the scale of the impact, the more time you might need Understanding your change curve and having your champions Avoiding thrash by making only a finite number of touches to your process Intentional process development Thinking about the process, so your successor is set up for success About today’s guest:  Ty Sbano is an Information Security executive with over 17 years of experience heavily focused on empowering end users securely.  Ty currently serves as Vercel’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Previously, Ty was the Chief Security & Trust Officer at Sisense.  Ty’s career has been focused on developing application and product security programs for Capital One, JPMorgan Chase, LendingClub, and Target. Key areas of knowledge include developing security champions, threat modeling, secure code training, static code analysis, component analysis, dynamic analysis, penetration testing, and red teaming. Outside of being a CISO, Ty is an active angel investor in Silicon Valley CISO Investment Groups (SVCI) and advisor to Cider Security, Nightfall.ai, and Identify Security. Ty’s security mentality has been concentrated on enabling engineering and product teams to move securely at the speed of the business to make it a competitive advantage. Ty graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Information Science & Technology and from Norwich University with a M.S. in Information Assurance. He currently holds a CISSP, CEH, CCSK, and CPT. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tysbano/ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and we would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
27:51
November 17, 2022
Scaling up your hiring, retention, and management.
Scaling up your hiring, retention, and management.
In technology, scaling your team is not an easy thing to do!  In this episode, Doron Segal, the Co-Founder & CTO at Per Diem, talks about his insights regarding hiring & retention. Key Takeaways: Improving your hiring and retention process. Recruiting pitfalls and how to avoid them. Hiring junior vs. senior-level employees Going after different talent as you scale Hiring the right person at the right time How employee feedback loops increase employee retention About today’s guest:  Doron Segal: Co-Founder & CTO at Per Diem (YCW21) A seasoned, hands-on, technical leader with a track record of building teams and products. He focuses on building organizations and enabling them to get things done. His leadership mantra is Leadership is not wielding authority; it's empowering others. I lead by listening and example. He served in the Israeli Army as Platoon Commander for four years in a technology combat unit. He led a platform team at Beats Music (later Apple);  was an Engineering manager at OpenTable, and was Director of platform engineering at Saildrone. Currently, Doron is the CTO & co-founder of TryPerDiem, a YC-backed startup. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doronsegal ----------------------- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and we would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
23:52
November 15, 2022
Challenges in hiring for an analytics team
Challenges in hiring for an analytics team
On the show, I speak to Yanyan Wu, the Vice President of Data and Analytics at Verisk. Yanyan shares her strategies, from structuring to scaling an analytics team.  Key Takeaways: Challenges in building and scaling an analytics team. Dealing with the technology gap Getting the right people on your team, Roles and responsibilities of a team leader Learning metrics that matter to your members. Challenges in finding someone technically strong and a great analyst. Ways to Identify the future leader in your team and traits that must-haves. About today’s guest:  As a vice president and data analytics expert, Yanyan Wu develops innovative data analytics strategies and transformed data platforms for big data used in the oil&gas industry. She layout the multi-year product development roadmap and execution to deliver the data and data insights to internal and external clients to enable them to make smart investment decisions/recommendations. Yanyan’s 15-year career in product management and digital technologies spans the head of data analytics in Halliburton digital solution, Principal digital production manager at GE Digital and Senior production manager at GE Oil&Gas from transforming digital technologies to new product development and its commercialization in financial service and energy businesses. She led the team to help businesses to increase productivity by more than LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wuyanyan/ ___ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and we would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
27:05
November 10, 2022
Effectively Onboarding New Engineers
Effectively Onboarding New Engineers
In this episode, Ishmael Samuel, the co-founder and CTO at Paragon, discusses how to effectively onboard new hires. He goes over what should be included in onboarding and thinking about the team's velocity when making a new hire. Key Takeaways: Walk through the onboarding process A holistic view of products as a customer Importance of filing issues Opinionated frameworks and tools Integrations as a core value prop Understanding a new hire's biggest blocker is key Why is it important to ask team members for feedback? Building a real relationship with your team members. Sprint planning About today’s guest:  Ishmael Samuel is CTO and co-founder of Paragon, an embedded integration platform that allows SaaS companies to connect their product to their customers’ data and expedite their integration roadmap. Before Paragon, Ishmael founded CTRL LA, a software development agency that built web and mobile apps for companies, including Universal Studios and Uber. Alongside building Paragon, Ishmael advises technical teams and angel invests in startups. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ishmaelsamuel ___ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and we would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
31:02
November 08, 2022
Establishing and growing a security plan
Establishing and growing a security plan
In this episode, I have on Nate Lee, the Chief Information Security Officer at Tradeshift, a B2B SaaS platform specializing in digitizing supply chain financing. He talks about how to grow and establish a security program. Key takeaways: Preparing a security plan for your business. Avoid process for the sake of process Security program priorities Tools that you can use to help - SQL injections, static code analysis, vulnerability management When do you make your first security hire What you need to look for when hiring your security personnel. How to introduce a security person into your program. Benefits and value of having a “security champion” Dealing with security later will just cost more down the road About today’s guest:  Nate Lee is currently Chief Information Security Officer at Tradeshift, a B2B SaaS platform specializing in digitizing supply chain financing. With over 25 years in the tech industry, Nate has a wide variety of experience in engineering and management roles at startups, as a consultant, and in the Fortune 50. Nate led at various points platform operations, site reliability engineering, and IT. Subsequently, he started the security program at Tradeshift, building the security team from the ground up with a heavy focus on automation and driving business value through partnerships across internal business units. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nate-lee-2179302/ ----- Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and we would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
27:33
November 03, 2022
Driving success through experimentation
Driving success through experimentation
On this episode, Luis Bruder, the Director of Data Science, Machine Learning, and Advanced Analytics at Foot Locker, talks about managing experiments and how these experiments drive decisions.  Key Takeaways: Definition and Classification of experiments Moving from experiments to project evaluation Who owns the experiment Metric evaluation Experimentation to Production Life Cycle Aligning your team with new experiment opportunities. Balancing project and maintenance work About today’s guest:  Luis Bruder brings over 11 years of experience in Data Science and Analytics, with his most recent work in the marketing and retail industries. His background is in computer engineering, and he holds a master's in business administration.  He is passionate about leveraging data science, AI, and Machine Learning to create impactful products and results. He lives in Washington, DC. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lbruder/ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and if you enjoyed this episode,  please take a minute and leave a quick rating and review on the Apple podcast app! Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
21:32
November 01, 2022
Applying An Engineering Perspective to the Sales Process
Applying An Engineering Perspective to the Sales Process
Kanat Bektemirov, the CTO at Supplypike, let’s talk about his involvement in sales during the early days and leveraging his engineering expertise to define the sales process. Getting to the first million dollars of revenue Personalize beyond the basics and automate it Reaching out to other experienced founders to get help. The idea of doing Personalized landing pages Playing the pre-sales roles Context switching - managing sales and engineering Aligning the Sales, Product, and engineering teams. Hiring a Sales SVP and taking a step back from the process About today’s guest: Kanat Bektemirov is the CTO of SupplyPike, a 120-person tech company on a mission to make the supply chain easier to navigate for CPGs and retailers. https://www.linkedin.com/in/bektemirov/ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and we would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
25:25
October 27, 2022
How the ML Product Got Built with Jesus Martinez
How the ML Product Got Built with Jesus Martinez
Jesus Martinez, Senior Engineering Manager of  Machine Learning at Planet, walks us through how the ML product was built at Planet. He also talks about balancing R&D and Delivery Teams in the ML space. Challenges in building machine learning products. R&D techniques, processes, and challenges. Skill set needed from a software engineer. New Territories. New People (the hiring process) The vision of  “Help Life on Earth Using Space” R&D spending and monetization Balancing Research Development and Delivery Importance of communication within the company. About today’s guest: Jesus is originally from Sevilla, Spain. He studied physics and then moved to the US to become an astronomer. His research focused on analyzing infrared images from deep space to measure the clustering pattern of galaxies and infer how much dark matter exists around them. After his Ph.D., he moved to San Francisco and transitioned to a career in data science. Today, he leads the applied ML team at Planet, which is a leading company in the Earth-observation space. His team builds core machine vision feeds that transform global streams of images into maps, alerts, and insights. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jmartinezmanso/ ___ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and we would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
25:59
October 25, 2022
Maturing and scaling an analytics team with Ty Lunsford
Maturing and scaling an analytics team with Ty Lunsford
On this episode of the Tech Trek, we have Ty Lunsford, Senior Manager at Instacart. Ty discusses the process of maturing analytics org. He provides a first-hand account of how they split their function into two parts ( analytics & business intelligence ) and then reorganize them based on what’s needed for delivery. Key Takeaways:  When the intake process isn’t understood by those both internally and externally, it may be time to restructure the team. Jira or Trello can help improve the intake process. It is important to make sure processes are understood not only internally but also by external stakeholders. Creating a vision or mission statement can help address accountability and ownership issues.  Striking the right balance of ownership and avoiding silos is key.  Envisioning the team in Venn diagrams can be helpful!   Even after taking all these steps, it may still be necessary to deliver results. About today’s guest: As Senior Manager of Analytics Engineering and Data Product Management at Instacart, Ty Lunsford has been responsible for balancing business needs with technical solutions development. As a result, he's proven to be an effective provider who can deliver services efficiently across different functions within the company. His sales/marketing and business knowledge allow him to deliver effective solutions efficiently. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tylunsford/ ___ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and we would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
26:50
October 21, 2022
Ransomware: prevention, preparation and response with Dean Sapp
Ransomware: prevention, preparation and response with Dean Sapp
In this episode, we talk with Dean Sapp, the Vice President of Information Security, Risk, and Compliance, from Filevine. He discusses prevention tactics for ransomware and other cyber threats that businesses need to be aware of, as well as preparation techniques to prepare themselves against these types of events if they happen at some point   Key Takeaways:  Importance of having a cyber breach policy in place.  Educate your people about the human element in cybersecurity and how to stay protected.  When a breach does occur, make sure you have a plan in place and know who to contact for help.  The cost of prevention is less than the response, so it's important to be proactive about security threats. Breached Double Impact  About today’s guest: Dean is the Vice President of Information Security, Risk and Compliance for Filevine, the Operating Core for Legal, providing case, matter, investigation, and project management software for thousands of attorneys, law firms, and businesses across the globe. Dean is also a security researcher, author, public speaker, and practitioner with two decades of experience implementing cost-effective and robust cybersecurity programs for clients. He has given dozens of presentations at the Utah State Bar, ABA, LegalSEC, ILTACon, Inns of Court, UAJ, Public Defenders & Trial Lawyer events, Infragard, ISACA, UtahSec, IR 18, SaintCon, and many other security and privacy conferences. Dean is a security nerd at heart, but in his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and six awesome kids, weight training, competing in Spartan races, and other ridiculously crazy and challenging things. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deansapp/ ___ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and we would appreciate it if you would take a minute to rate and review us on your favorite podcast player. Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
25:27
October 18, 2022
Refactoring Your Data Team For Success with Oliver Bandte
Refactoring Your Data Team For Success with Oliver Bandte
Whether you are a startup, a small, or a large company, you can have different models in your organization. On today’s episode, we have our special guest, Oliver Bandte, the VP of Data & Analytics at Wellframe, to tackle what are the different organizational models and find out when you should reevaluate your org structure.   In this episode, we cover the following: Different data org models and structures Pulling apart the team's capabilities to help them best excel Tips to create strategic guidance for your org team. When do you re-evaluate the team's structure Ways to build collaborative teams Having strong managers to support each team allows you to separate functions Impact on hiring Know your own weaknesses  Benefits of having a ring fence model. About today’s guest:  Data & Analytics Executive with over 2 decades of experience in data science and analytics. Currently, Oliver is the VP of Data & Analytics at Wellframe, a digital care management company offering care management programs delivered through a digital platform. He runs Wellframe's Data Engineering, Analytics Engineering, Data Science, and Business Intelligence teams. Oliver is also a part-time lecturer at Boston University, teaching a Business Analytics class on Competing with Analytics and a Capstone Project. He spent 7.5 years building and running analytics capability for the Boston Consulting Group, ran his own company prior, and started his career as a data scientist with a niche analytics consulting firm building advanced optimization and agent-based models. Oliver received a Master and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgie Tech. https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliverbandte/ ________ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and if you enjoyed this episode,  please take a minute and leave a quick rating and review on the Apple podcast app! Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
25:32
October 13, 2022
Moving into a management role with Bren Briggs
Moving into a management role with Bren Briggs
On the show, I have on with me Bren Briggs, the VP of DevSecOps at Hypergiant. Bren talks about some of the realities of moving into a role in management, what happens if you decide to move back into an IC role, and managing with empathy. In this episode, we cover: Moving into a management role Management skills should be equal to expertise. Indicator when to step down from management role. Having the most successful leaders and successful hierarchical structures. Having a culture of leadership that values feedback is a must. Psychological safety is essential. How does the org handle an employee that moves back into an IC role Manager empathy Management is a duty you perform Having someone run a tiger team About today’s guest:  Bren is a hacker of things, smoker of meats, father of a brood of loud and often unruly children, and husband to his high-school sweetheart. When he's not playing music or working on a project, you can find him building, securing, and attacking cloud-native systems for Hypergiant. https://twitter.com/0xfraq https://www.linkedin.com/in/brenbriggs/ ________ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and if you enjoyed this episode,  please take a minute and leave a quick rating and review on the Apple podcast app! Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
25:41
October 04, 2022
Building Business-Focused Machine Learning Teams with Yash Desai
Building Business-Focused Machine Learning Teams with Yash Desai
Today Yash Desai is on the show, the Head of B2B Machine Learning @ Wayfair. He’ll be diving into how he manages a team that stretches across multiple business units. In this episode, we cover: Ways to manage a team that stretches across multiple business units Organizing a team into sub-teams or pods Business leaders will often expect you to know about the business. Importance of blocking times Importance of relationship for your business Creating a strategy-based team roadmap Using data to influence stakeholders Having a simple alternative solutions Understanding your roadmap timelines. Having a mindset shift is really important. Transition from consulting to production. Tips for building a cohesive team culture. About today’s guest:  Yash Desai is a seasoned Machine Learning (ML) leader driving business impact and innovation at top organizations globally. Armed with a Bachelors & Masters in Electrical Engineering and Applied Statistics from IIT Bombay, his ML journey began when it was just an esoteric buzzword. He joined McKinsey right after school and served clients for AI transformation across Asia, Europe, and North America in Energy, Finance, and Healthcare sectors. Post consulting, he took up leadership roles at healthcare giant CVS Health and the home goods e-commerce leader Wayfair. He passionately engages in the ML community by mentoring budding data scientists from under-represented backgrounds and participates in conference panels. Outside work, Yash loves exploring beer gardens, playing cricket, and binge-watching Marvel movies. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/yashjdesai18 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whydesai ________ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and if you enjoyed this episode, please take a minute and leave a quick rating and review on the Apple podcast app! Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
27:24
September 29, 2022
Nurturing Engineering Skills and Talents with Rajeev Nanda
Nurturing Engineering Skills and Talents with Rajeev Nanda
Nurturing engineering talent is an art, not science. My guest, Rajeev Nanda, the Director of Engineering Operations at Unlearn.ai. dives in to talk about career growth and exploration. He will share what he has learned in his managing career, including his tips and tricks. In this episode, we cover: The concept of nurturing talent — career growth &  talent growth. Importance of having a mentor in your organization. How to lead a technical organization: Manager responsibilities Technical versus Organizational growth path, what you need to know. Lesson Learned: Skills you need to manage people or technical teams effectively. Soft skills are much more difficult to master than hard skills. The Importance of communication between managers and their team members. Understanding your team's motivations is core and key to helping them grow. Dealing with a misalignment of employee aspirations and skills Building trust is a cornerstone of nurturing talent A Good Manager is Like a Gardener About today’s guest:  More than three decades of hi-tech industry experience split between consulting, startups, and captive IT.  Rajeev has successfully delivered software applications and solutions across multiple domains and platforms in leadership and management roles.  He has managed and actively contributed to projects with business values ranging from $0.5M - $20M+.  Built and managed cross-functional and cross-geo organizations sized 5 – 350+ with a motivated workforce and minimal attrition. Rajeev has worked with CIOs and staff on strategic programs for technology and business transformations.  He is a published author of books and articles on technology, strategy, management, and leadership in topics including AI, IoT, Cloud Computing, and innovation.  His most recent book is RISE: Essential soft-skills for career management, which was released in Oct 2019. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajeevnanda/ https://rnanda.com/ ________ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and if you enjoyed this episode, please take a minute and leave a quick rating and review on the Apple podcast app! Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
33:42
September 27, 2022
Empowering DevOps teams with Quentin Hartman
Empowering DevOps teams with Quentin Hartman
In today’s show, we have our guest, Quentin Hartman, VP of Infrastructure and DevOps Engineering, at Velocity Global, LLC. We cover a lot of DevOps ground... In this episode, we cover: What historically has been called the DevOps team. Balancing the DevOps engineers team and the value of splitting them. DevOps team structure Differences between tooling and operations DevOps pillars  What’s next with  Quentin's team “Automation shelf life"  DevOps career advice Connect with Quentin Hartman at:  https://mastodon.social/@qhartman https://twitter.com/qhartman https://www.linkedin.com/in/qhartman About today’s guest:  Quentin has been living and breathing DevOps since before it had a name. He loves the tech, but he loves seeing how DevOps practices make software and the lives of people who build it better. Throughout his nearly 25-year career in technology, Quentin has worked in public education, higher education, non-profits, and private businesses from 3 to 300,000 employees. In those roles, he has managed telecom systems, data centers, and public and private clouds and acted as a sysadmin, a DBA, a network engineer, an incident responder, and a leader. That broad experience has given him an especially strong foundation for DevOps, which has been his primary focus since 2012. Wherever Quentin is, he puts people before tech and is only happy when working on a social-impact mission using Open Source tools. Quentin lives near Denver, Colorado, with his family and can often be found building things, cooking, and wandering in the woods. He can be reached as ‘qhartman’ on many platforms, including Mastodon.social, Twitter, and LinkedIn ________ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek, and if you enjoyed this episode,  please take a minute and leave a quick rating and review on the Apple podcast app! Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
26:05
September 23, 2022
 Building high performing engineering focused GRC functions with Terry O'Daniel
Building high performing engineering focused GRC functions with Terry O'Daniel
Our guest is Terry O'Daniel, the Director of Security Governance, Risk, and Compliance at Instacart. Terry talks about building high-performing engineering-focused GRC functions. Key Takeaways: Unnecessary overhead on the engineering team Importance of focusing on operational hygiene and security risks. Risk as the common language between security and compliance. Dealing with risk and your engineering team Is shifting left, really the goal? Terry’s success formula, REVEALED! Importance of having deep conversations with your engineering functions. The value of shifting left Working with your developer towards better behavior. Security and compliance checkbox must-haves Importance of knowing your risk and having implemented controls. Tips to create a good engineering cultural shift. How to do less and empower your team The ultimate job is to be the second line of defense. Security is all about context About Terry O'Daniel - https://www.linkedin.com/in/terryodaniel Terry O’Daniel leads Security Governance, Risk, and Compliance at Instacart. His specialty is building lean teams focused on applying technology to solve security engineering & GRC challenges at scale via automation and instrumentation--rather than compliance-by-spreadsheet. Before Instacart, Terry built the functions for Security Assurance at Netflix, Security & Technology Risk & Compliance at Salesforce, and GRC within Production Engineering at Yahoo! He also worked in consulting to build security strategy, vCISO, and cyber risk quantification offerings for companies in highly regulated industries. In his spare time, Terry enjoys music, fencing, martial arts, and gaming with his kids. ________ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek and if you enjoyed this episode,  please take a minute and leave a quick rating and review on the Apple podcast app! Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
30:01
September 20, 2022
The Business Value of Identity and Access Management with Grant Reveal
The Business Value of Identity and Access Management with Grant Reveal
In this episode, Grant Reveal, the Director of Identity and Access Management at Micron Technology, talks about how we can demonstrate the business value of Identity and Access Management and how we get away from being viewed as the department of “NO” to “more SECURE”.  Key Takeaways: From the department of “no” to “more secure” Three components of IAM (People, Process, and Technology) Why does the story matter? Why Is Information Security important? Time component in learning IAM is a must. The day-1 Process is building relationships and making people secure. Identity and Access Management vs Traction The Automation of training and hiring time. How does the SDLC process help customers' needs? Having a defined roadmap for a team is very helpful. When leaders share their stories, they also build credibility. Compliance with IAM policies and procedures Strong procurement and audit systems Importance of building relationships and awareness in the organization. About today’s guest:  Connect to Grant at: www.linkedin.com/in/grantreveal Grant is an experienced leader with breadth and depth throughout the IT and InfoSec disciplines.  His focus for almost ten years has been within the Identity and Access Management space, with experience building and leading the IAM teams for three Fortune 500 firms.  Before focusing on the InfoSec discipline, Grant led IT teams and held senior-level leadership positions within Higher Education, including CIO.  He has several professional certifications, including CISSP, CCSP, CRISC, CISM, CDPSE, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Franklin University.  Grant has spoken at numerous conferences and gatherings regarding the business values IAM can deliver and was named to Security Magazine's 2019 List of Most Influential People in Security. Grant also values lifelong learning as he continues to pursue his Master's degree and works to give back through training and mentoring the next generation of technologists. ________ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek and if you enjoyed this episode,  please take a minute and leave a quick rating and review on the Apple podcast app! Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
31:34
September 15, 2022
Scaling Within The Biomedical Industry with Matthew Clemente
Scaling Within The Biomedical Industry with Matthew Clemente
In today’s episode, Matthew Clemente talks about the product and engineering scaling challenges working in the biomedical industry. Key Takeaways: An overview of the Biomedical Industry Understanding the Biomedical regulatory overhead on the product roadmap Testing and regulatory issues. Acceleration and efficiencies in the development process. Understanding the team’s role & risk management. Mission-driven drivers Connect with Matthew Clemente at https://www.linkedin.com/in/prspctvs About today’s guest:  Matthew Clemente currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Product & Development at Bigfoot Biomedical, responsible for an innovative, emerging portfolio of diabetes care services and technologies transforming existing care models. Matthew previously served as the Corporate Vice President of Delivery Systems Engineering at Novo Nordisk and as the Senior Director and Chief Technology Officer at Eli Lilly & Company, where he led the development of portfolios of connected drug delivery devices, applications, and algorithms that served as the foundation of both drug manufacturers and connected diabetes ecosystems. Before that, he was the Director of Advanced Drug Delivery Systems at Unilife Corporation. He built and managed an integrated engineering and science organization focused on mechanical, electromechanical, digital, and container closure systems for prefilled, preassembled, wearable drug delivery applications. Before Unilife, Matthew held various roles of increasing responsibility at multiple Johnson & Johnson companies. He primarily served in the new product development of insulin pumps at Animas Corporation for J&J’s Diabetes Care Franchise. Matthew obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami and an MBA in Finance from Villanova University. ________ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of The Tech Trek and if you enjoyed this episode,  please take a minute and leave a quick rating and review on the Apple podcast app! Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
22:20
September 13, 2022
Building Data Governance Strategy with Solomon Madadha
Building Data Governance Strategy with Solomon Madadha
What Is Data Governance and why does it matter? On the show, we have Solomon Madadha, the SVP of Data Analytics & Governance Wealth Management at Regions Bank. We talk about the increasing complexity of data, data collections, data democratization, and so much more….Tune in to the full episode. In this episode, we cover Solomon’s responsibilities at Regions Bank. What are the challenges for Data Collections What is Data Quality and its importance How to ensure accuracy in data collection processes Importance of data consistency. Data Warehouse fundamental skill set. Data Quality and Accessibility measure. Data Governance roles and responsibilities. Data Governance challenges The impact of Data Governance in Cybersecurity Connect with Solomon Madahda About today’s guest:  25 Years of well-rounded experience in Information Technology with 15 years in Enterprise Data Management and Advanced Analytics within the Financial Services Industry. Visionary and cross-functional organizational leader in delivering business value with Enterprise data strategy, delivered scalable modern Enterprise Data solutions, self-servicing Advanced Analytics Platforms using Big Data and Data Science Capabilities. Current responsibilities include vision, strategy, and execution of Data Analytics and Governance functions across the Wealth Management Business Units - Private Wealth Management, Institutional Services, Investment Services, Asset Management, and Retirement Services. ________ Thank you so much for checking out, this episode of The Tech Trek and if you enjoyed this episode,  please take a minute and leave a quick rating and review on the Apple podcast app! Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
25:53
September 08, 2022
Predictability vs Forecasting Empowers Decision Making with Philip Gollucci
Predictability vs Forecasting Empowers Decision Making with Philip Gollucci
Today’s guest is Philip Gollucci. Philip is an Executive Engineering Leader, a servant leader focused on building high-performing teams. Listen to the full episode as we discuss Predictability vs Forecasting  analytics that empowers your decision making In this episode, you’ll discover: Difference between Forecasting and Predictability Metrics of Forecasting and Predictability Metric: Calculating Demo complete rate A clear Illustration of ROI Understanding the value chain management Advantage of Predictability as your development model Having a decision framework and sharing goals is a must. Learn how to take an action plan based on your data. How to Manage the collision of your team development. How do you measure sprint success? What makes a team successful? Strict Agile Principles Connect with Philip Gollucci  ________ Thank you so much for checking out this episode of TheTech Trek and if you enjoyed this episode,  please take a minute and leave a quick rating and review of the show on Apple Podcast by clicking on the link below.  Want to learn more about us? Head over at https://www.elevano.com Have questions or want to cover specific topics with our future guests? Please message me at  https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand)
21:25
September 06, 2022
Empowering Autonomous Teams with Cory Thomas
Empowering Autonomous Teams with Cory Thomas
Today’s guest, Cory Thomas, is a  VP of Engineering at Secureframe. A highly effective Leader with the ability to engage and inspire Software Development Teams to achieve the best results in the least amount of time. In this episode, Amir & Cory talks about how to help teams become more autonomous and the key metrics and guardrails that are must-haves. Click play, take good notes, and enjoy this episode of the Tech Trek. In this episode, you’ll discover: How can teamwork affect decision-making? Ways to improve your Decision‐Making skills. The best way to set team goals for success Effective metrics for measuring team member performance and why it's so Important. The importance of providing the right tools for your team DACI - driver approver contributor informed How codifying your decision works effectively. Managing your autonomous team when something goes wrong. Things to consider for your workplace guardrails. About today’s guest: As a 3-time VP of Engineering, Cory has spent nearly 20 years building SaaS applications and engineering teams, well before “SaaS” was a well-known term. He’s worked across many verticals, including enterprise information management, custom web applications, HealthTech, EdTech, and design tools. As well as various sized organizations ranging from scrappy startups to large-scale multinationals. Connect with Cory Thomas at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/corythomas Thanks for listening to this episode, and if you enjoyed it, please share it on social media using the social share buttons below, and don’t forget to leave a short review on iTunes. You can find the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Spreaker – please subscribe.
26:31
August 30, 2022
Improve your engineering quality through documentation with Jordan Stone
Improve your engineering quality through documentation with Jordan Stone
We’re very excited to welcome our special guest for today’s episode, Jordan Stone, the VP of Engineering at Paytient, a company on a mission to make paying for and accessing health care easier for everyone. Before that, Jordan led Product and Engineering teams at Panasonic, Deloitte, and Notion (a Comcast company). In this episode, we talk about documentation and how this can help your team effectively scale. Tune in to the full episode and enjoy. Key Takeaways: Why are there trade-offs associated with making decisions that tend to get lost? How does teamwork affect decision-making? The costs of code-switching Confluence vs Github for documentation, which one is better? Documentation democratizes the ability of anyone on the team to have an idea. Great way to identify and coordinate stakeholders Ways to improve the involvement in decision making. The challenges facing engineering and how to overcome those. Documentation matters and why you should include it in your code. Connect with Jordan Stone at Linkedin: https://linkedin.com/in/jordanmstone ________ Thanks for listening to this episode, and if you enjoyed it, please share it on social media using the social share buttons below, and don’t forget to leave a short review on iTunes. You can find the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Spreaker – please subscribe.
22:48
August 25, 2022
Raj Madan - How to build empowered teams
Raj Madan - How to build empowered teams
Highlights of my conversation with Raj: Allowing teams to make decisions at the lowest possible level Empowerment is coupled with responsibility Make sure only the necessary stakeholders are in a meeting Always do the right thing for the customer and stakeholders Building out a learning culture Agile mindset shift Failing faster requires empowerment Focusing on measuring outcomes and not activities Meet: Raj Madan has over 20 years of digital transformation and innovation experience and is currently the CDIO at Arcutis Biotherapeutics. Before joining Arcutis, Raj served as the Vice President of Digital, Data/Analytics, and Innovation for Consumer Healthcare Technology at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). In partnership with the Chief Digital Officer, he was responsible for driving significant elements of their Digital and Tech transformation globally. Before GSK, Raj was with Novartis. He was responsible for managing and delivering global, regional, and localized digital solutions and services across three business units and in more than 80 countries. In addition to healthcare, Raj has experience in the consumer goods sector, having spent 14 years at L’Oreal in various roles, including managing the digital tech function for L’Oreal Americas. Raj holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration and information systems from New York University Stern School of Business. Raj is also an advisory board member at Onymos, an app development platform that helps developers and teams build brilliant apps faster. If you have any questions for Raj, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajvir-raj-madan-3a74252 I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please message me if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
21:53
August 23, 2022
Clarence Chio - Being a cofounder and an engineering leader at the same time
Clarence Chio - Being a cofounder and an engineering leader at the same time
Highlights of my conversation with Clarence: Moving from a lead IC role to a co-founder Leading through influence Giving up the building hat Realizing that you need to let go earlier than you think Look at processes when you see a law of diminishing returns Trial by fire when you don’t know when to ask for help Finding peer groups were a great resource to help deal with similar problems When you start, take your time to find out what you want to do The role of the founder is to find, grow and nurture experts Meet: Clarence Chio is the co-founder and CTO at Unit21, a Google-funded startup in San Francisco building tools to fight fraud, money laundering, and online abuse. He authored the O’Reilly Book “Machine Learning & Security” and is also an adjunct lecturer at U.C. Berkeley, teaching a graduate course on the same topic. If you have any questions for Clarence, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cchio https://twitter.com/cchio I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please message me if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
19:42
August 18, 2022
Clay Alvord - Organizing and managing the work to get done
Clay Alvord - Organizing and managing the work to get done
Highlights of my conversation with Clay: What does a full stack DevOps Developer do Managing SW engineers as a non-SW engineer Engaging your employees to maintain a high degree of performance and innovation Helping people stay focused on their core competencies Managing different types of engineers/skillsets on a team Being transparent about your own weaknesses with the team Making sure that everyone can see a path forward for their career Survey your team quarterly with their technology comfort level to see gaps in your team Planning work with the entire team and not just with the senior people Each person driving the project will create and maintain their own wiki (Confluence) page Driving personal ownership of the project plan will help increase the quality of the plan Meet: Clay Alvord, a Bay Area native, got his start in IT helping his dad out at Fry's electronics doing low voltage work. From there, he got a job as a sys admin at a startup that eventually sold to Oracle. At that point, he moved into hardware and data centers like Apple and VMware. Clay eventually landed as the Senior Data Center Engineer at Box and eventually became the Global Data Center Manager, managing data centers across the planet for Box. With a passion for infrastructure and automation, Clay built a tooling team to enhance and better scale the management of Box's physical infrastructure. As a Senior Manager, Clay now runs 2 DevOps teams that build software and tools to effectively manage Box's on-prem infrastructure and its vast public cloud presence. If you have any questions for Clay, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clayalvord/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please message me if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
27:35
August 16, 2022
Ana Lebron - SRE is an engineering function with a strategic business focus
Ana Lebron - SRE is an engineering function with a strategic business focus
Highlights of my conversation with Ana: The intersection of SRE/business Complex systems always fail Reliability is a feature of the system SLAs are a partnership with the customer Managing SLAs in proactive and reactive situations Measure everything Impact of outages and communicating to business Collaboration with Security Involving SRE at the beginning of the implementation is important Planning for future tools Celebrating team wins Learning opportunities from outages Meet: Ana Lebron is the leader of the Site Reliability Engineering team at Enova International. She has been in the technology industry for the last 15 years in different roles. She started her career as a system engineer in the aerospace industry, working in Germany and Spain. In 2010 Ana undertook an MBA specializing in Technology Operations, and since then, she has worked at Enova International, leading change management, problem management, and site reliability engineering teams. Ana has co-organized Chicago Women in Tech Conference (Chiwitcon) and is passionate about DevOps and Agile practices. If you have any questions for Ana, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ana-a-lebron/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please message me if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
22:57
August 11, 2022
Moitree Rahman - Building a cross-functional analytics team
Moitree Rahman - Building a cross-functional analytics team
Highlights of my conversation with Moitree: Building an analytics team to support the company's digital transformation initiatives  The skill sets of an analytics team have become diverse Investing in emerging technologies and using them Evaluating resourcing to be able to get the most out of your investment Business vs technical chops Finding hybrid skills is a challenge to growing teams Define your requirements to drive the skill set you need on your team When do you add new capabilities vs keeping it with external partners Meet: Moitree Rahman is a marketing analytics and data professional with 12+ years of experience making an impact in data and tech strategy roles for Fortune 500 companies that span across diverse business verticals, including CPG (Colgate-Palmolive), Telco (AT&T), Media-Entertainment (AT&T/Warner Media/ Xandr) and SaaS (LiveRamp) companies. Currently leading the Digital Measurement transformation at Colgate-Palmoliveer efficiently and at scale. If you have any questions for Moitree, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/moitreerahman/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please message me if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
26:49
August 09, 2022
Laku Adedoyin - Communicating the “why of engineering work”
Laku Adedoyin - Communicating the “why of engineering work”
Highlights of my conversation with Laku: Aligning work to the broader company goals Engineers like to work on things that actually get used CTO should focus on customer success channels Focusing on what impact we can bring to the customer Translating that to daily motivation Distilling the message into the simplest form Not using release dates as motivation Explaining technical debt to the broader organization Engineering bandwidth as a pie chart Meet: As CancerIQ’s CTO, Laku Adedoyin leads a growing engineering team that is helping to end cancer as we know it by focusing on early detection and efficient screening. He has over 20 years of experience in software development, engineering, and product leadership. Before joining CancerIQ, he led engineering and product management teams that built electronic data collection and clinical trial management systems used by leading research centers, clinical research organizations, sponsors, research sites, and large health systems. Laku is very passionate about building products that bring value to customers and building engineering and product teams to deliver efficiently and at scale. In his free time, he spends time hiking, woodworking, cooking, and with his kids. If you have any questions for Laku, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lakuad/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please message me if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
24:20
August 04, 2022
Cindy Chu - Growing your engineering team with diversity in mind
Cindy Chu - Growing your engineering team with diversity in mind
Highlights of my conversation with Cindy: Starting as the only female engineering hire in a startup Bring up diversity hiring plans before you are hired Transparency is at the center of inclusivity Putting women on interview panels is important, but making sure it’s not just a check box Be careful not to reward the wrong traits Advice for female engineers looking to move into management Ask for the opportunity; don’t wait for it Educational opportunities to move into STEM Meet: With over a decade of experience developing consumer web products, Cindy currently leads the engineering team at imgix. Previously, Cindy led the web and mobile engineering teams at Polyvore, which was acquired in 2015. She has a degree in computer science from Stanford. If you have any questions for Cindy, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cindywangchu/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please message me if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
24:34
July 28, 2022
Alonzo Benavides - Growing an engineering team at a (crypto-focused) information services company
Alonzo Benavides - Growing an engineering team at a (crypto-focused) information services company
Highlights of my conversation with Alonzo: Drivers for leaving a large public company for a startup Moving into the blockchain information space Trying to maximize time zone overlap in a remote-first strategy Avoiding information lag for remote employees Innovating the hiring process to fit your needs Throwing out the 2-week sprint and redesigning the process Building autonomous teams and trust Meet: Alonzo is SVP of Engineering at The Block and is focused on leading the Product Development department through the Growth stage. He is responsible for building software and data products that enhance users' experience while supporting the business as it grows and scales. Before joining The Block, Alonzo was Vice President of Software Engineering at Mastercard Data & Services. He is passionate about technology, innovation, people leadership, investing, and entrepreneurship. Alonzo earned dual degrees in Computer Science and Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and is committed to working in the Blockchain & Digital Assets space at this stage in his career. If you have any questions for Alonzo, please feel free to reach out via: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alonzobenavides/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/zobenavides I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please message me if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
44:24
July 26, 2022
Jeff Gabriel - Balancing research and coding in the research (machine learning) space
Jeff Gabriel - Balancing research and coding in the research (machine learning) space
Highlights of my conversation with Jeff: An idea can come from a one-off problem or a long-term strategic issue to tackle Relationship between research and product management Impact on roadmaps Investment grows as you prove the value Moving from research to POC When a hypothesis doesn’t work out (building corporate memory) Finding the balance in an engineer between implementing and researching Nurturing the kernel of an idea Meet: Jeff Gabriel has been delivering software one way or another for the last couple of decades and is now primarily focused on helping our teams to deliver high-value products for customers of DataRobot's machine learning platform. When not at work, Jeff likes to spend time with his wife and their three grown children whenever they can get hold of them. If you have any questions for Jeff, please feel free to reach out via: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-gabriel-88395b/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
24:18
July 21, 2022
Fabian Frank - Planning for and hiring the right mix of technical talent
Fabian Frank - Planning for and hiring the right mix of technical talent
Highlights of my conversation with Fabian: Hiring the best talent vs a specific seniority level Hiring “scrappy” technologists Allowing your senior engineers to grow Calibrate team mix based on organizational goals Find a balance as you need to shift your hiring needs (avoid whiplash) A roadmap update shouldn’t require a complete alteration of the hiring plan Revisiting interview questions quarterly as you grow your team Meet: Fabian Frank is the VP of Engineering at Airkit, a customer experience automation platform. Before Airkit, Fabian worked at Salesforce and Yahoo. If you have any questions for Fabian, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fabianfrank87 I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
30:33
July 19, 2022
Dehron Hite-Benson - Spirit vs letter of the law in Agile
Dehron Hite-Benson - Spirit vs letter of the law in Agile
Highlights of my conversation with Dehron: Be an advocate for your engineers Typing methodology changes to values People want scrum to drive autonomy and accountability Let people make mistakes to drive better project management skills Culture is an “output” (ask the why) Use bottom-up feedback Giving away control leads to a better scrum team Pilot ideas (tweaks vs grenades) Meet: Dehron Hite-Benson is an engineering leader with driving engineering teams. He is focused on the future of our software technologies and resource needs, as well as the governance model that drives everything. At the time of this recording, Dehron was working at DroneUp If you have any questions for Dehron, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dehron I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests or know someone that might want to be on the show.
30:46
July 14, 2022
Jose Asuncion - Growing your team from startup stage to publicly-traded company
Jose Asuncion - Growing your team from startup stage to publicly-traded company
Highlights of my conversation with Jose: Being promoted into a role too quickly Continuing education to grow and enhance leadership skills It's important to have strong routines within a team Identifying patterns and focusing on the optimal ones Consistent processes help establish team expectations Identify your hiring gap and find the strongest person to cover that Searching for your next hire might not always offer the team the best value Adding to your organization's core competencies by being able to identify future superstars Meet: For the past three years, Jose Asuncion has been honing the art and science of building software engineering teams that look corporate but carry a killer instinct. He was an early employee at two Silicon Valley startups that had successful exits of more than $100M. He still works at one of these companies and is enjoying the challenge of blazing new trails in engineering management. If you have any questions for Jose, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeunito I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
24:08
July 07, 2022
Amin Lakhani - Should you elevate your best engineer to be a manager?
Amin Lakhani - Should you elevate your best engineer to be a manager?
Highlights of my conversation with Amin: Attributes of a strong engineer Technical excellence doesn’t always mean being the best coder Impacting the overall organization is a key attribute of a manager Empathy is a key attribute of technical leadership Look for opportunities to affect the larger organization Enabling collaboration between managers and principal engineers Having “operational rigor” Meet: Amin Lakhani is the Director of Software Engineering at ServiceLink after spending the previous three years at Microsoft. He has an undergraduate degree from DePaul University in Math and Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Illinois. If you have any questions for Amin, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amin-lakhani/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
22:58
June 30, 2022
Leon Fayer - Navigating engineering career and leadership growth
Leon Fayer - Navigating engineering career and leadership growth
Highlights of my conversation with Leon: Is moving into management the right next step for an employee Create opportunities for an employee to gain some exposure to management Helping employees navigate different career tracks Finding the best fit for people you manage The (possibly false) allure of moving into management Keep evolving and growing your own managerial skills Easier to take an opportunity to lead than wait for it to be given Meet: Leon Fayer is a Vice President of Engineering at Teaching Strategies, a leader in early childhood education. He is a veteran technologist with over two decades of expertise focused on developing, architecting, and operating complex systems in support of organizational growth. Over his professional career, Leon worked with some of the most world-renowned organizations and agencies such as National Geographic, MTV, Wikipedia, Vodafone, White House, Toyota, and Soul Cycle.  Leon is also a published author and an industry-renowned public speaker, writing and presenting on topics of industry trends and best practices, sharing his experience related to designing and operating technology-first organizations at scale. If you have any questions for Leon, please feel free to reach out via: https://twitter.com/papa_fire https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonfayer I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
22:47
June 23, 2022
Neil Bhay - Evolving from smaller to larger engineering teams
Neil Bhay - Evolving from smaller to larger engineering teams
Highlights of my conversation with Neil: Stakeholder’s level of technical sophistication impacts the level of planning Importance of the relationship with the product team Envisioning the team's growth past the current state Incubating a team until they are able to stand on their own Avoiding being too tactical Finding opportunities to piggyback new features into the existing work Helping new team members buy into the vision by providing the history behind the team/company Documentation will help the onboarding process Avoiding the walled garden when implementing a squad structure Combining project management and release management Every squad has 3 owners to drive quality (product, engineering, release) Meet: Neil Bhay is the CTO of TuneCore, a global platform for independent musicians.  He joined TuneCore in 2018 with the mission to scale and introduce enterprise-level best practices to TuneCore’s organizational structure & technology stack. He evolved an original team of 6 & established agile processes to oversee remote/local teams of 65+ in IT, QA, Release Mgmt, DevOps & Engineering in operations of office, cloud infrastructure & web/native app development. Neil comes from a history of managing enterprise technology teams at Viacom and HBO and, before that applying those same skills in start-up environments which contributed to his expertise in growing and organizing teams towards product delivery. If you have any questions for Neil, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neilbhay/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
32:39
June 16, 2022
Round Table 1 - Focusing on hiring while retaining your talent
Round Table 1 - Focusing on hiring while retaining your talent
Topics we covered: Retaining Top Talent Understanding your employees before it's too late Safe Spaces Are more Engineering Managers better? Hypergrowth Hiring Diversity Hiring Time spent on Talent Acquisition? Offers strategy Meet the guests: Kirby Frugia - https://www.mural.co/blog/meet-kirby-frugia Kirby Frugia is MURAL’s SVP of Engineering and is responsible for Product Engineering, DevOps, and Data Engineering. He joined the company in October 2020, and since then, he has grown his team from 48 MURAListas to over 200. Kirby first got into software engineering because he loves problem-solving and making things easier for people — whether that’s a process, a tool, or an experience. He’s always looking for ways to unlock someone’s creativity or ability to do more with what’s in front of them. Ken Pickering - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenpickering/ Ken Pickering is the SVP of Engineering at Starburst Data, where he's looking to help companies make better, faster decisions on more complete data. Before that, he was the CTO of Hopper and made travel easy and affordable. David Ting - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dting David Ting joined Nylas from Flexport, where he led platform Engineering. David brings nearly 30 years of experience leading high-performance engineering teams for companies as diverse as Yahoo!, IBM, and Activision | Blizzard. I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
42:42
June 09, 2022
Felix Sargent - How to deal with “code smell” ie technical debt
Felix Sargent - How to deal with “code smell” ie technical debt
Highlights of my conversation with Felix: Technical debt is a warning sign Liability in the code is not the same as technical debt Dealing with “code smell” Trying to quantify technical debt You need cause to dive into technical debt Very important to set your standards Define when things are “done” Why are you digging into the code? What things are and what they should be Meet: Felix Sargent is a Sr Software Engineering Manager at Truework. He has years of experience working on high-throughput platforms at scale. He’s been part of the larger tech community since 2008, and has driven industry-wide conversations around flexible product management, API design, managing technical debt, and building engineering teams. He believes teams work best when they feel safe, and are well equipped for their challenging work. His specialties are backend product and engineering management, developer tools, cloud infrastructure, containers, and deployment pipelines. He’s great at taking existing platforms and scaling them up to be more reliable, secure, and performant. He loves digging into obscure business logic and simplifying workflows. If you have any questions for Felix, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/felixsargent/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
21:18
June 02, 2022
Jeff Smith - Understanding how the CTO role will evolve as the team scales and grows
Jeff Smith - Understanding how the CTO role will evolve as the team scales and grows
Highlights of my conversation with Jeff: Wanting to join a company to impact individual lives Adjusting to a HIPAA regulated industry Understanding all aspects of data flow Evolving to the strategic impact of the CTO role and shedding some hats (the last one being VP of Engineering) Switching between the different hats (strategic vs technical) Creating an organizational plan to balance the tech stack and career opportunities for growth Meet: Jeff has been working in the technology space for over 20 years as everything from a software engineer, chief architect, Vice President of Engineering, and Chief Technology Officer. As the CTO at Octave, he will be expanding and scaling our world-class team of software engineers, evolving our architecture for scale, and guiding our technology to make the lives of clinicians and clients better. Prior to joining Octave Jeff was in the Wellness space with TrueCoach, as well as the Enterprise SaaS space with Rally Software. When not working, he can be found enjoying everything Colorado has to offer, including snowboarding, hiking, and cycling. If you have any questions for Jeff, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefmsmit I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
20:51
May 26, 2022
Nikhil Desai - Employee engagement in the engineering space
Nikhil Desai - Employee engagement in the engineering space
Highlights of my conversation with Nikhil: It takes a village (people, executives, everyone) for employee engagement to be successful Providing employees with safe spaces Leveraging trends from survey data (NPS style) Empower managers to align with individuals and their teams Allow teams to make decentralized decisions on how they implement certain processes Onboarding is a critical piece and starts before the start date Meet: Nikhil Desai is an experienced software engineer with 15+ years of global high tech and FinTech experience. He is passionate about creating products that provide real value to customers and significantly impact society. He has worked on product development for the LendingClub platform, Citrix GoToMeeting, and several other high-scale software products and services. Recently, leading 60+ engineers at Earnest, a FinTech company focused on solving interesting problems in the student loans space If you have any questions for Nikhil, please feel free to reach out via: www.linkedin.com/in/nikhildesai I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
24:23
May 19, 2022
Ray Espinoza - Surveying and assessing the confidence in your security team
Ray Espinoza - Surveying and assessing the confidence in your security team
Highlights of my conversation with Ray: Historically security was done in the shadows Everyone is a partner to the security team Give people a sense of ownership and their part in the security program Drive surveys using tactical questions Do employees have confidence in the security team handling relevant issues If you have an external service, you should be thinking of security Go back and resurvey after incorporating security changes Share the security survey results with everyone and be transparent Meet: Meet: Ray Espinoza is CISO at Inspectiv. At the time of recording, he was the VP of Cloud Security at Medallia. Before Medallia, Ray was CISO at Cobalt.io, a pentest-as-a-service company. Ray also drove third-party cloud security across Amazon's retail business. He also held VP and CISO roles with Atmosera and Proofpoint and various security leadership positions at Workday, Cisco Systems, and eBay. If you have any questions for Ray, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ray-espinoza-b399821/ https://twitter.com/rayespinozasec I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
26:02
May 12, 2022
Dhara Patel - Visibility and ROI of internal platforms/shared services
Dhara Patel - Visibility and ROI of internal platforms/shared services
Highlights of my conversation with Dhara: Try to adopt a product mindset for shared services Measure value in a tangible way Focus on developer adoption as a metric Direct impact on development life cycle Celebrating for the team With technical customers, a technical product manager would be helpful Get client stakeholder engagement to understand and drive platform requirements Building awareness around initiatives Meet: Dhara Patel is SVP of Engineering, leading multiple groups building product platforms at Kinesso. She has industry experience in SaaS products and leading engineering teams in hyper-growth environments. Throughout her experience, she has led various platforms, services, data-centric products, and SaaS applications at scale. Before joining Kinesso, she led various engineering and product groups at Twilio and Citrix, building enterprise insights products, developer platforms, internal tools, and applications. She is passionate about leadership and enjoys working in areas where business meets engineering and innovation. If you have any questions for Dhara, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dharapateldesai/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
22:07
May 05, 2022
John Wilson - Establishing an analytics Center of Excellence
John Wilson - Establishing an analytics Center of Excellence
Highlights of my conversation with John: Establishing an analytics Center of Excellence Using a hub and spoke model as a service provider to the business Hiring analysts with a consultative mindset Consistently delivering solutions to build long term trust Juggling the delivery roadmap to meet business needs Meet: Currently Director for Analytics at Brookdale Senior Living, John is an expert in digital transformation and data strategy. He leads organizations through growth and development of business analytics practices, primarily in service-oriented industries such as healthcare. As a result, John's work has delivered ROI and winning strategies for companies in the business of people. John holds a BA from Occidental College and MBA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he lives with his family. If you have any questions for John, please feel free to reach out via: https://twitter.com/johnawilsontn https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnawilson/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
19:29
April 28, 2022
Joshua White - SRE: Getting involved in business discussions earlier
Joshua White - SRE: Getting involved in business discussions earlier
Highlights of my conversation with Joshua: Educating the organization on the benefits of improved reliability and observability capabilities Setting up an SRE book club The answer isn’t always “do what Google does” Wearing your on-call “pain suit” Getting involved in business discussions earlier Sometimes it's about showing out the team’s abilities (celebrating the wins) SRE has always been a culture shift Asking for the right outcomes and letting things shift SRE is a core business partner If you have any questions for Joshua, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/coderjoshua/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
29:13
April 21, 2022
Sagar Anand - Different personas have their own definition of quality within the software development process
Sagar Anand - Different personas have their own definition of quality within the software development process
Highlights of my conversation with Sagar: Different personas have their own definition of quality Quality is baked in by shifting the process left The QA team is involved in planning and grooming Developers spend half of the sprint on QA Each pod is a self-sufficient team Meet: Sagar Anand works as a Sr Engineering Manager at Twin Health, leading the Platform team to help reverse chronic metabolic diseases. He takes pride in building customer-centric products while cultivating a positive culture & team spirit. Before Health Tech, he developed marketplaces & Big data platforms for different industries, including RPA and Enterprise Software. If you have any questions for Sagar, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanand1989/ I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
26:41
April 07, 2022
Ken Pickering - Preparing to scale: Being deliberate about who and what you are
Ken Pickering - Preparing to scale: Being deliberate about who and what you are
Highlights from my chat with Ken: Being deliberate about who and what you are Doubling a team and the change in how a team operates Incorporating different technical skill sets Bringing in external expertise and disseminating the knowledge Opening information silos and increasing transparency Meet: Ken Pickering is the VP of Engineering at Starburst Data, where he's looking to help companies make better, faster decisions on more complete data. Before that, he was the CTO of Hopper and made travel easy and affordable. If you have any questions for Ken, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenpickering/ https://twitter.com/kpick I hope you enjoyed the episode. The best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you want me to cover specific topics with future guests.
21:40
March 31, 2022
Brian Jackson - Determining which technical skills you can be more flexible filtering on
Brian Jackson - Determining which technical skills you can be more flexible filtering on
Highlights from my conversation with Brian: Niche industry but not niche skills Working with other teams to partner where there is a skills gap Realizing which parts of the tech stack you can “let go” to broaden the candidate pool Software engineering foundations go a long way Building an ecosystem around the Windows platform Meet: Brian Jackson ​​is a DevOps advocate currently helping create immersive Star Wars experiences at Lucasfilm. Currently, Brian is the Manager of DevOps Engineering at Lucasfilm. Previously helped Apple Pay and ESPN.com be more productive through delivery automation. If you have any questions for Brian, please feel free to reach out via: https://twitter.com/jaxzin https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianrjackson/ https://www.instagram.com/jaxzin/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
21:20
March 24, 2022
Kinshuk Mishra - Leading engineering teams in a strategic way while your startup is on a hyper-growth trajectory
Kinshuk Mishra - Leading engineering teams in a strategic way while your startup is on a hyper-growth trajectory
Highlights of my conversation with Kinshuk: Bell curve of seniority on the team Monitoring the manager to engineering ratio; targetting 1:5 Promoting people into management roles leads to internal credibility to lead the team Building an engineering program to give back to the organization Many times career frameworks are introduced too late in the hyper-growth phase Cedar’s Distinguished Engineer Program (DEP): https://decode.cedar.com/our-engineering-growth-framework/ Meet: Kinshuk Mishra leads the product engineering and data teams at Cedar in his role as VP, Engineering. Cedar is a healthcare financial engagement platform that addresses all of the challenges consumers face when paying for care. Kinshuk started his career as a backend engineer in Seattle working for Expedia and Amazon for the first few years of his career. He then joined as one of the founding engineers of Spotify’s Ads Engineering team in NYC, and witnessed the hyper-growth of Spotify’s product and the organization during his stint leading the Ads Engineering team—learning the strategies one needs to navigate a rapidly scaling company. He then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to lead engineering for a small startup in the video communication space, Houseparty. And just prior to Cedar, Kinshuk led teams at YouTube in the music streaming space. Through his experience of managing teams at companies large and small, he has learned valuable management lessons through both successes and failures. If you have any questions for Kinshuk, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kinshukmishra/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
24:29
March 17, 2022
Arie Polycarpou - Managing digital analytics and AB testing at a major consumer facing business
Arie Polycarpou - Managing digital analytics and AB testing at a major consumer facing business
Some of what Arie covers: The rising importance of AB testing Measuring the impact of localization AB testing relationship with product management Archive testing recommendations as a knowledge repository Meet: Arie Polycarpou is the Manager of Digital Analytics and A/B Testing at Total Wine & More. He was raised in the Midwest and attended Indiana University Kelley School of Business with Majors in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, but was always interested in a career in business insights. He has worked in Digital Analytics and A/B Testing for the last 5+ years with experience in major B2C Industries. He has helped to build up A/B Testing practices into full-scale programs with a 10x increase in velocity and statistical rigor. In his current role at Total Wine & More, Arie works with his team to translate business insights into tangible ideas to improve the business If you have any questions for Arie, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ariepolycarpou/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
22:33
March 10, 2022
Christian Yang - Building predictable roadmaps
Christian Yang - Building predictable roadmaps
Some of what Christian covers: Horizontal service teams enable and collaborate The balancing point between innovation and confidence in roadmaps Timeboxing approach to provide capped flexibility to explore Rotational engineering programs grow cross-functional relationships Integrating the learned knowledge from the rotational engineering program Creating a feedback loop via a service-oriented mindset Using the Focused Innovation pillar Meet: Christian Yang is an engineering manager at Zoox for two software infrastructure teams: High-Performance Compute and 3D Vehicle Run Visualization Platform If you have any questions for Christian, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yang-christian/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
20:20
March 03, 2022
Dina Bruzek - Building safe spaces to allow people to be heard
Dina Bruzek - Building safe spaces to allow people to be heard
Some of what Dina talks about: Finding a way to connect with your team in a way you haven’t before Building safe spaces to allow people to be heard All slack channels are public Create a culture committee to have employees be a part of the solution Break down assumptions that have been made Time and space introduce attribution error Meet: Dina Bruzek has over 31 years of experience in technology with more than 23 years of experience leading teams in the development of market-leading cybersecurity products. At Huntress Labs, Dina is Senior Vice President of Product and Engineering and is responsible for guiding the execution of the company’s product strategy across the engineering and product management groups to bring enterprise-grade solutions to Mid-Market and SMB partners. Prior to joining Huntress Labs, Dina was also the SVP of Product and Engineering at NSS Labs and The Media Trust. Prior to that, Dina led Cisco’s Network Threat Defense (NTD) group, where she was responsible for a $1.5 billion product portfolio. Dina joined Cisco through the 2013 acquisition of Sourcefire for $2.7 billion. At Cisco, she led the company’s strategy to deliver the first threat-focused next-generation firewall. In addition, she led the integration of the Sourcefire and Cisco development teams and the agile transformation of the development and test organizations to form the NTD group, which consisted of more than 800 engineers. Before joining Cisco, Dina was the Vice President of Product Development at Sourcefire, where she was responsible for software and hardware development for Sourcefire network security products. She has also held various technical, strategic, and management roles in Internet security at Secure Computing Corporation and Network Associates. She started her career as a communications systems engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Dina holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MS in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. If you have any questions for Dina, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dina-bruzek-997941/ https://twitter.com/dbruzek I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
19:31
February 24, 2022
Cliff Kim  -  Data as an indicator & storytelling in analytics
Cliff Kim - Data as an indicator & storytelling in analytics
What Cliff covers: Data as an indicator Don’t put process above purpose Data-driven culture Using analytics to frame the story Storytelling in analytics Time for the data plumbing Meet: Cliff Kim brings more than 10 years of experience to his role as Director of Insights and Analytics for Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers, and distributors. A digital storyteller, Cliff is dedicated to growing Fender's physical and digital business through data-driven insights, conversion rate optimization, marketing, and product analytics, and continuous consumer research. During his tenure at Fender, Cliff helped build PlayThrough, an initiative where Fender offered a free three-month subscription of Fender Play®, the complete online learning app for guitar, bass, and ukulele, to support the community during social distancing. This initiative brought nearly one million new players to the app. He also led a study that brought insights into how the guitar business has changed because of these new players. Learnings from the data gathered helped the team launch Beginners Hub, a network of online resources that includes every tool a new player needs to start, stick with and eventually master their guitar, bass, or ukulele. Prior to joining Fender, Cliff held leadership roles at Live Nation Entertainment, ESPN, Yahoo!, among others. He is a UC Riverside alumni and currently resides in Los Angeles California. If you have any questions for Cliff, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cliffkim/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
23:21
February 18, 2022
Nilesh Nimkar  - Joining a fast-growing NFT startup
Nilesh Nimkar - Joining a fast-growing NFT startup
Some of what Nilesh talks about: Joining a fast-growing NFT startup Managing blockchain at scale More freedom to build Greenfield Factors to consider selecting the tech stack Constantly measuring and sizing Watching the growth and emerging tech in the NFT space Meet: Nilesh Nimkar has 23+ years of experience in FinTech specializing in Blockchain Technologies, Cloud Native Architecture, DevSecOps, and Technology Management at Scale. He currently works as Sr. Director of DevSecOps at Voice.com If you have any questions for Nilesh, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nimkar/ https://twitter.com/nimkar I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
26:17
February 10, 2022
Guillaume Binet  - How to write safer code
Guillaume Binet - How to write safer code
Some of what Guillaume talks about: Equilibrium between people and process Culture of safety What happens when you don’t know how to test something Balancing innovation and safety Blameless post mortem Avoiding gaps in ownership Meet: Guillaume Binet is the Vice President of Software Infrastructure at Motional, a global leader in driverless technology. Guillaume’s 20-year career in technology spans multiple start-ups and established organizations, including over six years in the autonomous vehicle industry. Early in his career, Guillaume led Twilio’s API team and Google’s App Engine team, helping both organizations scale and grow at a rapid pace. In 2016, Guillaume joined the self-driving industry, first at Uber ATG, starting the organization’s software performance team, and then Argo, where he helped pioneer the concept of a Robotics Infrastructure team to bridge the gap between autonomy research and applied software on a real-time system. He joined Motional in 2020 to oversee the development of its vehicles’ on-board and off-board infrastructure. In his positions, Guillaume has managed global teams of 100+ engineers. He holds multiple patents under his name. Raised in Paris, Guillaume developed a passion for computers and automotive technology at a young age. Along with his professional career, Guillaume has received his pilot's license and competes in car and sailboat racing. If you have any questions for Guillaume, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gbinet I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
25:18
February 03, 2022
Swarna Mani - DevOps maturity affects the skill sets you need to hire for
Swarna Mani - DevOps maturity affects the skill sets you need to hire for
Some of what Swarna talks about: Understanding DevOps maturity prior to starting a new position Defining separation between backend and DevOps teams DevOps maturity impacts the skills you need to hire for Meet: Swarna Mani is the Head of DevOps at Datavant. She formed and led the DevSecOps team at Guidewire. Swarna started her career in telecom software as a developer. Her passion is problem-solving. Her experience as a developer helps her to enable DevOps and approach it with a mindset to solve Ops issues using software. Swarna holds a BS in Electronics and Communications from the University of Madras, MS in Software Systems from BITS, Pilani, and a Diploma in Management Essentials from Harvard Business School. If you have any questions for Swarna, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/swarna-mani-a815402/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
21:16
January 27, 2022
Brian Hosie - Technical asset development not technical debt
Brian Hosie - Technical asset development not technical debt
Some of what Brian talks about: Developers own the QA process Adding sand in the gears Technical asset development (technical debt) explained as a positive experience TAD is nothing to be ashamed about Service intervals to make sure you have scheduled a “monthly oil change” to address framework/language updates Meet: Brian Hosie has worked for a decade helping small businesses owners to succeed, grow and thrive. He's passionate about building tech that solves real problems for real people. Over his 15 year career in technology, he has led and grown several highly functioning engineering teams that deliver on time without heroics or 2 AM death marches. Brian currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Lendio, the largest online marketplace for small business lending in the United States. If you have any questions for Brian, please feel free to reach out via: https://linkedin.com/in/bhosie I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
19:36
January 20, 2022
Jeff Vier - Upscaling the relationship between testing and SRE
Jeff Vier - Upscaling the relationship between testing and SRE
Some of what Jeff talks about: Upscaling the relationship between testing and SRE Ensuring the quality of the platform Being error-free is the lowest bar The first mandate is to protect the health of the production environment Moving from quality assurance to quality engineering Meet: Jeff Vier - Technical Operations Leader.  Metrics enthusiast.  Testing evangelist. If you have any questions for Jeff, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffvier/ I hope you enjoyed the episode, the best place to connect with me is on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amirbormand (Amir Bormand). Please send me a message if you would like me to cover certain topics with future guests.
25:42
January 13, 2022
Jeff Byrnes - Leaving the startup world for an enterprise organization