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  • How Norway's Largest Bureaucracy Optimises for Fast Flow

    To optimise for fast flow, the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration has adopted a teams-first approach. High-performing teams need autonomy, and they also require direction and alignment. Solutions should be adopted by the teams within their context, abilities, and cognitive capacity.

  • Learnings from Discussing Developer Enablement at QCon London

    Developer enablement can increase the potential of individuals in small and larger companies. Where individuals can have their own solutions, there will be things that are mandatory for all. Metrics can help to see what is being used or not. Be careful about supporting developer enablement for legacy systems; if it’s outdated and needs to be replaced then it might be better to not invest in it.

  • Every Question Has an Answer: an Impossible Thing for Developers

    We tend to assume that every question has an answer, which for instance isn’t true when we want to find out what the current time is. Developers should increase awareness of unexpected failure modes, advertise the possibility of failure, and use time-outs to recover from waiting for an answer that will never come.

  • How Developer Enablement Brings Benefits to Software Organizations

    Developer enablement is about tools and approaches that can greatly increase the potential we can have as individuals. It can have an impact on productivity and happiness, on profits and retention. Developer tools make it easier for engineers to deploy products, enabling them to focus on building a product.

  • The Path to a Staff-Plus Engineer Role: from Management Back to Tech

    When working in tech, a managerial career may not be for you. Fabiane Bizinella Nardon went from being a manager back to tech, becoming a staff plus engineer and creating a staff plus friendly company. She presented A CTO That Still Codes: My Tortuous Path to the Staff Plus Engineer Role at QCon London 2022 and will present at QCon Plus May 10-20, 2022.

  • Becoming an Effective Staff-Plus Engineer

    To increase your effectiveness as a staff-plus engineer, it can help to develop your communication, listening, technical strategy, and networking skills. Blanca Garcia Gil presented Five Behaviours to Become an Effective Staff-Plus Engineer at QCon London 2022 and will present at QCon Plus May 10-20, 2022.

  • Remain in Tech by Becoming a Staff Plus Engineer

    Engineers who want to remain focused on tech can follow the path toward a staff plus engineer. Staff plus engineers enable others to have impact. Bringing the people along can be hard; you need to work on your communication and influential skills. Nicky Wrightson presented The Secret Strategy for Landing That Staff Engineer Role at QCon London 2022 and will present at QCon Plus May 10-20, 2022.

  • How Open Source Can Pave the Path Towards a Staff+ Role

    Open source contributions and long-term community engagement can help you on your path to a staff+ engineer role. Written communication skills are key for the async and remote work which is common in open source. Your contributions should be aligned with business needs, which can give you visibility that opens up career possibilities. Alex Porcelli presented at QCon London 2022.

  • Becoming a Staff Plus Engineer: Leadership and Communication Training Matters

    The poor industry support for engineers who want to pursue a technical career affects them; many outstanding technical individuals find themselves forced to seek a management position. The path to a staff plus engineer role is not straightforward. Training on leadership and communication for staff plus engineers can help them to become a better tech leader.

  • Five Behaviours of Successful Staff Plus Engineers

    Staff plus engineers act as technical leaders to have a bigger impact. Their ability to get things done goes beyond their individual capacity to grow and mentor others. The tech industry has moved away from thinking that engineers work individually and collaboration is one of the most important behaviours in a staff plus role.

  • Infinite Representations: an Impossible Thing for Developers

    Developers can face impossible things in their daily work. It’s impossible to directly represent infinity or to hold infinite precision on a discrete physical computer. Storage and representations are bounded. Ignoring or being unaware of this impossibility can lead to bugs or systems behaving differently than expected. Kevlin Henney gave the keynote Six Impossible Things at QCon London 2022.

  • QCon Software Development Conferences: Seven Tracks Not to Miss

    Why are micro-frontends important? How should you optimise your organisational architecture for speed and flow? How to make microservices successful? Have you ever wondered how well-known tech companies can seamlessly deliver an exceptional user experience while supporting millions of users and billions of transactions? Looking for new processes and best software practices?