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The Tech Trek

By Elevano
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Some of what Jeff talks about: Making the decision to move to a larger organization Making decisions when things aren’t greenfield Finding interesting opportunities by uncovering legacy work Managing technical debt within a larger organization Meet: Jeff Byrnes is the SRE Manager at athenahealth. Jeff is a musician turned web dev turned ops/infrastructure engineer turned engineering manager. If you have any questions for Jeff, please feel free to reach out via: https://twitter.com/thejeffbyrnes https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffbyrnes https://www.instagram.com/jeffbyrnes 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.
24:15
January 06, 2022
Ali Hosseinkhani - Moving from Scrum to Kanban; Factoring remote into the hiring process
Some of what Ali talks about: Handling the hiring process to overcome the challenges of hiring remote Adjusting the software development process to minimize the impact of employees that might leave Paying attention to context switching Building a team post-pandemic Shifting the development process from Scrum to Kanban Meet: Ali Hosseinkhani is the Director of Software Engineering at Next Trucking leading four teams focusing on data engineering, machine learning, platform application development, and infrastructure. If you have any questions for Ali, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kosarh/ 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.
30:04
December 16, 2021
Chad Sanderson - The growth of the data platform product manager role
Chad dives into everything data platform product management including: Why does your org need a data product manager Origin of where the role comes from Measuring the impact of the data platform product manager What to look for in hiring a data platform PM Take advantage of internal-facing PM roles Meet: Chad Sanderson is the Head of Product for Convoy’s Data Platform team, which includes the data warehouse, streaming, BI and visualization, experimentation, machine learning, and data discovery. If you have any questions for Chad, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chad-sanderson/ 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.
35:17
December 09, 2021
Juan Pablo Buriticá - People grow linearly; organizations grow exponentially
Some of what Juan Pablo talks about: Lean into potential An early-stage startup can take risks to let people grow into roles Hiring someone with experience means you are hiring someone that has already made mistakes Experience can be a double-edged sword People grow linearly; organizations grow exponentially Interviewing is part of building software and you must account for that process Meet: Juan Pablo Buriticá is a software engineering leader who has built and led distributed teams at companies like Stripe and Splice. He currently leads Engineering at Ritchie Bros, is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, and lives in New York City. After a decade of building distributed engineering teams, he compiled his experience in The Holloway Guide to Remote Work. Juan Pablo has built high-performing software engineering organizations by emphasizing Open Source software values, technical excellence, trust, and empathy. He has also organized more than 10 software engineering conferences in the US & Latin America, founded multiple JavaScript meetups, and led the creation and growth of Colombia’s JavaScript community, now one of the largest Spanish-speaking JS communities in the world. His favorite food group is empanadas. If you have any questions for Juan Pablo, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/buritica/ 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.
23:06
December 02, 2021
Trenton Huey - Managing and executing within a highly matrixed environment
Key takeaways: Gap analysis to forecast data pipeline needs Work backward from the end-user point of view Every system has to have some human involvement Going beyond the initial scope of work to learn about a new industry Working with stakeholders to help them understand what goes into getting analytics to them Meet:  Trenton Huey is the Director of Data at Vida Health, which provides access to therapists, registered dietitians, and health coaches for mental and physical health conditions. His team drives innovation, clinical outcomes, and business growth through machine learning, AI, and reporting and analytics. If you have any questions for Trenton, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trentonhuey/ 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.
19:48
November 19, 2021
Aniket Soneji - Focus your team's activities on work that can't be outsourced via third-party services
Key takeaways: Optimize resource allocation by examining maturing applications Find ways to offload activities to 3rd party services to help scale Being remote requires an open work culture Meet:  Aniket Soneji is passionate about solving the world's most important and difficult problems with innovative engineering solutions. He holds multiple engineering degrees from UC Berkeley, and spent his first few years in technology consulting, helping clients across the US build-out and scale their IoT and Analytics platforms. He currently serves as the VP of Engineering at AutoGrid, where his team is building the software to help support, optimize and monetize today's energy transition. If you have any questions for Aniket, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aniket-m-soneji/ 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.
22:35
November 11, 2021
Brent Goldman - Treating engineering management as a type of engineering
Some of what Brent talks about: Engineering management is made up of complex systems Provide your team with a playbook and make sure the playbook is being executed People are the most complex system Build up engineering management systems and refactor Meet: Brent Goldman is the VP of Engineering at Sisu Data, the industry's first decision intelligence engine helping companies make better business decisions with data. Prior to Sisu, Brent was an engineering director at Uber, where he founded and led teams responsible for dispatch, pricing, self-driving cars, measurement & inference platforms, and more. Before Uber, Brent co-founded Standard Treasury,  a YC-backed enterprise API banking platform acquired by SVB. Brent started his career at Facebook as an early engineer building the third-party Developer Platform, and he earned a B.S. in Computer Science & Economics from Caltech. Outside of work, Brent is an active angel investor with a portfolio of ~100 startups, as well as a conceptual artist building electronic & experiential art. If you have any questions for Brent, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brentgoldman 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.
15:31
November 04, 2021
Gil Feig - Integrations have expanded opportunities for end users and software companies
In this episode, Gil talks about the impact that prebuilt integrations have on an organization and how these integrations have expanded opportunities for both end-users and software companies.  Meet: Gil Feig is the co-founder of Merge. Previously the Head of Engineering at Canvas, he’s led projects at Wealthfront and LinkedIn. A graduate of Columbia University, Gil lives and works in San Francisco. If you have any questions for Gil, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gilfeig/ https://twitter.com/GilFeig 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.
18:12
October 28, 2021
Kirby Frugia - Developer autonomy to drive process improvement
What we talk about on this episode: “Ship Wow, Ship Now” mantra Developer autonomy to drive process improvement Using your “I intend to” voice Focus on delightful experiences, high-quality products and act with urgency Perceived vs actual velocity Meet: 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. Over the course of his career, Kirby has worked at numerous companies, including Hewlett-Packard, InVision, and New Relic, where he’s built both products and teams. While at HP, he built software for digital printing presses and realized his passion for managing teams. From HP, he transitioned to New Relic, where he found his niche growing and helping teams adapt to a high-growth start-up environment while staying true to who they are as a company. For Kirby, building products and building teams have something in common: They both involve a firm sense of the company’s values, scaling processes and practices, and lots of communication and listening. He holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and computer science from Oregon State University. He lives near Portland, Oregon. If you have any questions for Kirby, please feel free to reach out via: https://twitter.com/kfrugia https://www.linkedin.com/in/kfrugia/ https://www.mural.co/blog/meet-kirby-frugia 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.
20:05
October 21, 2021
Chris White - When do you start a formal product organization?
Key takeaways: Define when you should look to formalize the product role Look for a bottleneck in the decision-making process Creating an opportunity for people on the team to grow into new roles Look to internal staff to promote people into product positions Growing into a new role means owning the decisions and learning opportunities Meet:  Chris White is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Prefect, overseeing the design and implementation of the next generation of data workflow automation systems. Chris began his journey into data tooling while getting his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin, where he researched optimization guarantees for highly non-convex data-driven problems. Throughout his career, Chris has gained experience in a diverse number of roles - teacher, researcher, data scientist, software engineer, sales engineer, and security officer to name a few. In his spare time, he is an avid runner and loves spending time in the ocean. If you have any questions for Chris, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/whitecdw https://twitter.com/markov_gainz 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.
23:04
October 14, 2021
Hamed Ahmadi - Scaling engineering teams within Life Sciences Industry
Key takeaways: Overcoming the perceptions of the healthcare and life sciences industry Mission-driven aspects of the industry is a massive draw from high-tech companies Ramping up on nomenclature Moving fast and saving lives Software engineering becoming a competitive advantage rather than a service organization Meet:  Over the past 15 years, Hamed Ahmadi has contributed to many software products in various industries impacting millions of users with very diverse needs. To name a few, Microsoft Visual Studio, Office & Windows, the data acquisition & monitoring systems for the largest fleet of renewable energy power plants in the world, the infrastructure and software systems for two pioneer Life Sciences companies leading the development of novel blood-based genomic tests for diagnosing the cause of cancer and infectious diseases. Hamed is passionate about our environment and positive social impact, which is projected in his work, volunteering activities, and photography as his hobby when not working on software systems. If you have any questions for Hamed, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hamedahmadi 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.
24:14
October 07, 2021
Bill Press - Product velocity and delivering with quality
Key takeaways: Product velocity and delivering with quality Strategic technical debt - making the trade-off of customer acquisition vs robust code Focusing on strategic projects to pay down debt Early-stage startups have external pressures that drive growth Shifting from sales-driven growth to product management driven growth Meet:  Bill Press is the SVP of Engineering at Iterable. He is an accomplished technology leader with over a dozen years in enterprise and on-demand software. He has strong leadership skills and deep technological background. Bill has a proven track record for shepherding organizations through technological and cultural shifts, for building strong, collaborative teams, and for directing a broad range of ambitious projects to high quality, on-time delivery. If you have any questions for Bill, please feel free to reach out via: http://linkedin.com/in/billpress 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.
22:17
September 30, 2021
Daniel Hood - Talk about process changes and explain the reasons behind them
Key takeaways: Talk about process changes and explain the reasons behind them Going through acquisition and staying agile Looking to managers as the canary in the coal mine Getting the team to leverage dashboards/metrics Anchor points to review the relevancy of metrics Meet:  Daniel Hood is the Director of Engineering at Action Network, a sports media company focused on delivering data, news, and analytics to fans and sports bettors.  Over the past decade, he has worked as both a developer and a manager to build and design engaging digital media products at scale.  Daniel graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in computer science. If you have any questions for Daniel, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-h-9aa77634/ 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.
21:10
September 23, 2021
Rashu Garg - Bringing innovation to the business and measuring its impact
Key takeaways: Balancing innovation with what is needed Managing stakeholder expectations and “excitement” Technology and business stakeholder partnership is key to success Meet:  Rashu Garg is the SVP and Enterprise Head of Data Products at Regions Bank. If you have any questions for Rashu, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rashu-garg-93249812/ 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.
18:05
September 16, 2021
Mike Ganz: Focusing on solving the right problem, not the most difficult
Key takeaways: Focusing on solving the right problem, not the most difficult Define the “north” star Seeing the most impactful project Positioning the need to deal with the “plumbing” before you seeing the reporting Meet:  Mike Ganz is a leader in the data space, currently serving as Senior Director of Data & Analytics at Optoro. There he focuses his time on differentiating Optoro's products through data and ensuring that the most difficult returns problems retailers and the environment face today are met with dynamic and robust data solutions. Prior to joining Optoro, Mike worked as an Engagement Manager at Applied Predictive Technologies, which was later acquired by Mastercard. In that role he helped Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries design, implement, and measure the impact of business experiments. Mike holds a BSE in Systems Science & Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. If you have any questions for Mike, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-ganz-23989955/ 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.
24:05
September 09, 2021
Thor Clark - Never a perfect process, but the right process for the stage you are at
Key takeaways: Never a perfect process, but the right process for the stage you are at Making an investment into a more efficient process The time horizon gest longer as you grow and mature Meet:  Thor Clark is a senior technology executive with broad experience building and leading engineering and product teams in public and private companies and has multiple successful exits as technical co-founder and early employee. In addition to being the CTO at WELL, he also serves as an advisor at Burner (Ad Hoc Labs). Before joining WELL, he was CTO at TigerText, a comprehensive clinical communications solution, and previously VP of Engineering at Barracuda. If you have any questions for Thor, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thorclark 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.
20:27
September 02, 2021
Kishore Aradhya - Connecting technology and business strategy
Key takeaways: Don’t be too technology-focused without identifying the customer value it should provide The “connecting tissue” isn’t always obvious Conversations around the “art of the possible” Meet: Kishore Aradhya is currently the Head of Data Engineering, AI & Data at Bose. If you have any questions for Kishore, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karadhya/ 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.
16:45
August 26, 2021
Mark DiAntonio - Team behavior and measuring impact
Key takeaways: Team behavior and measuring impact Looking at a 3 sprint rolling average to gauge velocity Keeping the workplace fun by focusing on skill mastery and being given autonomy Modeling behavior on core values You want people to be truthful and speak up Meet: Mark DiAntonio is Vice President of Engineering at HqO, overseeing engineering operations and accelerating the development and delivery of innovative products. With twenty years of engineering expertise, he has a proven track record of building and leading successful engineering teams with a focus on innovation, agile processes, and great teamwork. Prior to HqO, Mark held senior-level positions at Promoboxx, DraftKings Inc., Warner Brothers Games, and Arthur J. Gallagher. During his time at DraftKings, Inc., Mark served as the Director of Engineering for Fantasy Sports, and then as VP, Head of Product, Media. In these roles, Mark successfully led his team through a period of extreme growth while also evolving their process to changing compliance and regulatory landscape. During his time at WB Games, Mark has been credited on game titles in the Warner Brothers Games digital platform group including Batman Arkham City, Gotham City Impostors, Mortal Kombat, Injustice, Shadows of Mordor, Cartoon Universe, Lord of the Rings Online, D&D online, and Infinite Crisis. If you have any questions for Mark, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-diantonio-578687a/ 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.
24:20
August 19, 2021
Andy Owens - Hiring and scaling your analytics team
Key takeaways: Look at a job’s deliverables to find the right hire The new data analyst needs to understanding core CS concepts Don’t let the process define the hire If you have any questions for Andy, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/awowens/ 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.
18:37
August 12, 2021
Barr Moses - Good data pipeline, “bad data” problem
Key takeaways: Good data pipeline, “bad data” problem Investing in data observability - it will cost you one way or the other Being proactive vs reactive Data engineering and data product manager would be best to own observability Meet:  Barr Moses is CEO & Co-Founder of Monte Carlo, a data reliability company backed by Accel, GGV, Redpoint, and other top Silicon Valley investors. Previously, she was VP Customer Operations at Gainsight, a management consultant at Bain & Company, and served in the Israeli Air Force as a commander of an intelligence data analyst unit. Barr graduated from Stanford with a B.Sc. in Mathematical and Computational Science. If you have any questions for Barr, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/barrmoses/ https://twitter.com/BM_DataDowntime 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.
22:13
August 05, 2021
Johnathan Hunt - Implementing Security Sooner (especially in DevOps)
Key takeaways: Ramifications of waiting to implement security Consider alignment before jumping to tools Look within your current team to see if skills are currently covered Tradeoffs of allocating resources to build tools vs buying Meet:  Johnathan Hunt is the VP of Security for GitLab, an open-source code repository and collaborative software development platform for large DevOps and DevSecOps projects.  He has been in the InfoSec and cybersecurity space for more than 20 years, and he has worked across several verticals including SaaS, financial, telecommunications, healthcare, government, and more. Johnathan is particularly passionate about bug bounty, supply chain security, and DevSecOps.  He has conducted many conference keynotes, podcasts, interviews, and blog series on these topics.  He holds numerous security certifications, has a master’s degree in information systems, and is currently pursuing a second master’s degree at Harvard University. If you have any questions for Johnathan, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnathanhunt/ 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.
16:34
July 29, 2021
Anwar Reddick - Build vs buy in the security industry
Key takeaways: Build vs buy in the security industry Focusing on speed to get value out of tooling Avoiding tools that tie you into a rigid structure Carrying over Anwar’s software engineering background to security Meet: Anwar Reddick is a 15+ year computing technology veteran. He started his career in software engineering and computer science research and quickly pivoted into information security. He has security experience doing applied research and development, defending business technology assets, supporting business development, and leading compliance programs. After working in multiple verticals, contexts, and tech stacks, he has found a niche managing security teams and programs for cloud-native SMB technology product firms. He holds BS Computer Science and MS Information Security degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. If you have any questions for Anwar, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anwarreddick 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.
21:14
July 22, 2021
Noah Beddome - Aligning the security roadmap to business objectives
Key takeaways: Aligning the security roadmap to business objectives Preparing for the initial requirements  assessment Making sure you understand what is important to the business and not just 1-2 people Assessing internal capabilities Iterating and collaborating on the roadmap Coming into the job with a blank slate view Meet:  Noah Beddome is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Opendoor, the leading digital real estate platform, where he is responsible for protecting the data and technology infrastructure as well as overseeing Opendoor’s information security program and IT. Noah has more than a decade of experience working in information security in enterprise and government environments. Most recently, he served as VP of Security Engineering and interim CISO for Datadog. Prior to that, Noah worked as the Practice Director for Strategic Infrastructure Services (SIS) at NCC Group, where he built and led the SIS practice. Noah began his career in security consulting, conducting assessments and penetration testing for several firms. He also served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. If you have any questions for Noah, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/noah-beddome-6b794940/ 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.
20:15
July 15, 2021
Josh Scherbenski - Building and improving data quality through more testing
Key takeaways: Building and improving data quality through more testing Dividing work among geographically remote teams Quality decline as a symptom of team burnout Honing in on understanding the team's emotional and mental health Meet:  Josh Scherbenski is the VP of Data at Zeus Living, where he leads the analytics, machine learning, data engineering, and pricing teams. His teams are located here in the US and remotely in Singapore. He has more than a decade of experience working in the data science and engineering fields where he’s developed multiple data architectures and machine learning data products from end-to-end. Prior to Zeus, Josh worked for NASA as a program manager and space systems engineer. After leaving NASA, he went on to work for Google and a couple of other startups, including Glassdoor, where he was the company’s first data scientist. He has an MBA and a Master’s of Engineering in Space Systems. If you have any questions for Josh, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshscherbenski/ 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.
23:24
July 08, 2021
Jason Wilcox - Engineers and the business value they generate
Key takeaways: Importance of having context around the greater pieces of what the business is doing Staying engaged in the business vision post-onboarding The 1-on-1 is the employees time Transparency helps employees stay aligned to the company vision Meet:  Jason Wilcox is head of technology for automotive services at Jerry. Jason leads teams using artificial intelligence and machine-learning-powered customer flows to develop software that makes managing vehicle financing and products easier. Jason brings 20 years of expertise in software design, development, information security, data security, data analytics, and subject matter knowledge in fintech to Jerry. A proven people leader, Jason was most recently Chief Technology Officer at RefiJet, where he led software development, information technology, and analytics teams. He’s also held leadership roles at LCS Financial Services, LenderLive, and Chess. Jason holds bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering and physiological sciences from Marquette University. A lifelong learner, he also holds a master’s degree in strategic and competitive intelligence from the American Military University, a master’s degree in predictive analytics from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Quantic School of Business and Technology. If you have any questions for Jason, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wilcoxjasone/ https://twitter.com/jwilcoxdata https://amioraretheotherscrazy.substack.com/ 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.
22:25
July 01, 2021
Brian Pivar - Transforming the data capabilities at Kraft Heinz
Key takeaways: Bringing modern tech thinking to a legacy company Moving away from a FAANG to a non-tech company Ability to move the needle Building agile pods aligned to company objectives Adjusting compensation and hiring strategies Meet:   Brian Pivar is the Senior Director of Data and Analytics at Kraft Heinz.  He has been at Kraft Heinz for over 2.5 years and is responsible for building out the data science, and business intelligence engineering teams from the ground up.  Previous to Kraft Heinz, he led the data and analytics org at Amazon Restaurants (think food delivery for Amazon...like a Door Dash or Uber Eats).  Previous to that he spent about 3 years at Uber in various strategy, analytics, and leadership roles.  Brian Graduated from Purdue with a degree in finance and a minor in computer science. If you have any questions for Brian, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pivar/ https://twitter.com/pivar 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.
43:24
June 24, 2021
Liran Eisenberg - Scaling your data engineering team
Top takeaways: Challenges around scaling data engineering teams Pros and cons of keeping job descriptions vague Waiting to make the “right” hire? Focusing on retention and career progression Meet: Liran Eisenberg is a forward-thinking Data Architect with 20 years of technical management experience guiding the development and design of enterprise database platforms for global organizations. Working both as a consultant and employee, oversee implementation of data architecture projects and platform solutions within highly regulated high-tech, financial, military, and health care sectors ranging from startups to large corporate enterprises. If you have any questions for Liran, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/liraneisenberg/ 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.
35:54
June 10, 2021
Anil Beniwal: Preparing to scale your engineering team
What you’ll learn: What to think about when you are looking to scale your engineering team Healthy tech debt to support fast growth 3 categories of tech debt Team design and growth ladders Meet:   Anil Beniwal is the Head of Engineering at Arcadia, an organization with the goal of accelerating the world's adoption of renewable energy. He was previously VP of Engineering at Betterment, an automated money management solution, and had spent the majority of his career in fintech. Anil cares a great deal about providing a safe and productive environment for engineers to do their best work and to drive the business forward. If you have any questions for Anil, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abeniwal/ 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.
21:47
June 03, 2021
Anthony Girolamo: A good process should solve an acute problem
What you’ll learn: 1-way vs 2-way doors Making a transition from a FAANG to a startup A good process should solve an acute problem Meet:   Anthony Girolamo leads the product and engineering organization at FLEXE. His teams are responsible for the development of the FLEXE Technology Platform and the capabilities that set FLEXE apart. Prior to joining FLEXE, Anthony spent 9 years at Amazon as a senior technical leader of Amazon Fulfillment Technologies and Supply Chain Optimization Technologies. He also held senior software engineering positions at Microsoft and received both his BSE and MSE in Computer Science at the University of Michigan. If you have any questions for Anthony, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-girolamo-b3b21b2/ 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.
19:07
June 01, 2021
Nate Loomis: High-performing teams and getting to Teal!
What you’ll learn: Very important to define stretch goals Leveraging eNPS - employee net promoter score Using employee net promoter score within your agile process Constantly tweaking and improving the methodology Getting to Teal! (Laloux Cultural Model) Meet:   Nate Loomis is a Director of Cloud Engineering at Ally Financial and Product Manager of the Cloud Patterns (Patterneers) squad.  At Ally, his squad is focused on patterns of automation that implement public cloud services and enhance the capabilities available to development teams from their workspace or the command line.  He has been a developer, architect, and various levels of manager throughout his career, always searching for new challenges.  His friends say he is now a #developer (commented out) but he still loves to tinker with new languages and tools.  He loves to hear from others and hopes you find this episode useful. What is Servant Leadership?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKk0AaaFqtU Simon Sinek on Inspiration: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action Laloux Cultural Model: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0Jc5aAJu9g If you have any questions for Nate, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nloomis/ 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.
30:14
May 27, 2021
Mike Brittain - The looming retention problem: returning to the office
Top 3 takeaways: The looming retention problem - returning to the office Balancing team distribution via fewer time zones Adjusting salary bands to account for location and experience Meet: Mike Brittain is the VP of Engineering at Transfix, where he leads technology initiatives to build a simpler, smarter, and more sustainable freight ecosystem. His career in Internet software dates back to the late ‘90s and includes over 15 years in team leadership and executive roles. Mike played a significant role in building the team and shaping culture at Etsy over a 7-year period spanning pre and post-IPO phases. He lives with his wife and four kids in the Greater New York area. If you have any questions for Mike, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikebrittain 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.
27:48
May 20, 2021
Dan Simon - Decisions as a bridge between ideation and execution
What you’ll learn: Decisions as a bridge between ideation and execution RACI decision-making Decisions can’t be made absent of context; Provide as much context as possible Meet: Dan Simon is currently the VP of Engineering at Qventus, a health care operations company.  In his capacity there he manages all aspects of engineering execution and operations, from application development to data science.  Prior to Qventus Dan held leadership roles in several startups across 8 different industries, including real estate software, security, social gaming, live event ticketing, and video platform.  He holds a bachelor’s in computer science and a bachelor’s in applied math from UC Davis. If you have any questions for Dan, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simondan/ 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.
17:38
May 13, 2021
Chris Ieva - Military veterans are a hidden talent pipeline
What you’ll learn: - Adjusting to the differences in structure between private industry and the military - Valuing the importance of resource allocation - Dealing with the difference between training and education - When taking your first post-military role try to understand the importance of geography, industry, and function - Transitioning your network from the military to the private industry - Leveraging your “one last move” - Discovering the hidden talent in the military Meet: Chris Ieva is a retired Marine Corps Infantry Officer who now heads up Data Science for Anheuser-Busch. If you have any questions for Chris, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisieva 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.
25:43
May 06, 2021
Romit Jadhwani - How to grow an agile data and analytics team
What you’ll learn: How to grow an agile data and analytics team Solving data discovery challenges to speed up productivity Agility vs velocity Providing data capabilities to more users Meet: Romit Jadhwani is the Head of Growth Analytics, Data Science, and Business Intelligence at Pinterest. Before Pinterest, he led the Ads Business Intelligence team at Google. Romit is passionate about helping companies grow and scale and is always looking for ideas and techniques to drive innovation and agility with analytics and data. He loves solving problems, whether it is helping a $1B+ company continue with its hyper-growth trajectory or teaching his young kids why it is important to eat all their vegetables. If you have any questions for Romit, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/romitjadhwani/ 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.
27:56
April 29, 2021
Brian Berger - Re-aligning technical operations teams to company needs
What you’ll learn: Challenges in getting deep expertise in many areas Moving from a project focus to deeper subject matter expertise Moving towards intent-based leadership To learn more about Intent-Based Leadership - https://davidmarquet.com/ Meet: Brian Berger has served in a variety of Engineering and Operations leadership positions in IaaS and SaaS companies for 20+ years.  He works with organizations to improve delivery velocity and increase service reliability within and between Software Development and Operations organizations. He currently serves as Ping Identity’s Senior Director of Infrastructure Operations.  His teams are accountable for infrastructure services, reliability, and delivery pipelines for Ping’s Global SaaS Identity Management solutions serving over 60% of the Fortune 100. Prior to joining Ping Brian was Sr. Director of Engineering at Wellsky where he led  Software Development, Quality Assurance, and SRE programs for their Home Health, Hospice, and Private Duty Agency management SaaS offerings. If you have any questions for Brian, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianberger/ 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.
20:29
April 22, 2021
Chris Ieva - Connecting consumer experiences to the product
What you can take away from this episode: Connecting consumer experiences to the product Using alternative data-rich sources of information to increase understanding Considering indirect factors in consumer behavior Future technologies to capture additional consumer data points Meet: Chris Ieva is a retired Marine Corps Infantry Officer who now heads up Data Science for Anheuser-Busch. If you have any questions for Chris, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisieva 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.
34:57
April 15, 2021
Mitch Trale - Growing an efficient, effective, and content distributed team
What we cover: Improving asynchronous communication Understanding where decisions are being made Establishing repeatable actions and rituals Leadership is about availability Part of the job of the leader is to tell the story and celebrate the team Meet: Mitch Trale is Head of Infrastructure at HackerOne -- the world's leading crowdsourced security platform. He is responsible for HackerOne's highly available, performant, and secure web application architecture. A hacker and startup technologist, Mitch has been building engineering teams and digital products for 20 years. If you have any questions for Mitch, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitchtrale/ 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.
23:32
April 08, 2021
Jonathan Jaffe: Growing and building your security capabilities
What you’ll learn: Growing and building your security capabilities Prioritizing the first cybersecurity hire Security tools and automation rather than shifting left Building relationships with security startups to expand capabilities Meet: Jonathan Jaffe, Lemonade Insurance's CISO. Jonathan's been practicing security since 1997. He has designed and installed the earliest internet-centric access control systems for airlines, banks, manufacturers, and tech companies. He has designed identity and access management systems for more than 45 companies since 1999. Jonathan is also a privacy attorney, taking a mid-career tangential detour to develop and prosecute the largest US privacy class action at the time against Facebook, protecting the privacy rights of billions of people and leading to the closure of Facebook's Sponsored Stories. Jonathan is a founding member of Silicon Valley CISO Investments, a group dedicated to advancing better security products for the benefit of all. Jonathan assists security start-ups by advising them on market fit and helping them improve their products. You can reach him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanjaffe/ 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.
20:18
April 01, 2021
Teresa Martyny - Building resiliency into systems
What you’ll learn: Building resiliency into systems Failing and non-failing validations If failure happens, what’s the fallback plan? Creating SLAs with upstream teams Meet: Teresa Martyny is the Engineering Manager for the Data OS Infrastructure team at New Relic, an observability platform built to help engineers create more perfect software. If you have any questions for Teresa, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teresamartyny/ 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.
21:32
March 25, 2021
Hyung Lee and Chi Ho - Extensibility of the Salesforce platform
What you’ll learn: The extensibility of the Salesforce platform Growth and evolution of the platform Pushing Salesforce to do something that it shouldn’t Dealing with technical debt Meet: Hyung Lee started his career in finance software and really took a more focused route during his tenure at Salesforce. From there he had the fortune to work at some noteworthy technology companies. He has a passion for solving problems with technology, people and process and over the course of his career have grown to be a "people first" technology leader. Chi Ho is a platform-as-a-service champion with 13+ of years building applications on Salesforce. He is currently leading multiple teams in enterprise digital transformation for over 20,000 users with an emphasis on bringing intuitive design and consumer-like features into the workplace. If you have any questions for Hyung or Chi, please feel free to reach out via: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chiwho/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/hyungslee/ 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.
36:50
March 19, 2021
Zak Allen - Building trust and transparency in the team
What you’ll learn: Building trust and transparency in the team Adjusting the structure of the 1-1 meeting for Zooms Replicating the ideation process while remote Meet: Zak Allen is the VP of Engineering at Shogun. Shogun, backed by 8VC and Founders Fund, empowers home improvement contractors with software products to help them manage their businesses such as Financing, Payments, and other tools. Zak was one of the first employees at Shogun and has seen it grow to over 100 people, serving over 10,000 contractors across the US. Prior to Shogun, Zak was the first employee at FlyHomes, a real estate tech startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz, which has similarly grown now to over