Building a Team, Remotely

With engineers in Caracas, Barcelona and Cebu, our tech team becomes more and more distributed and remote. That's exciting, because it opens the door to a wider range of perspectives and ideas. There are also challenges with a remote team, and some of those challenges are well-documented: You can't turn …

Dreaming of Quality (Engineers)

I love mentoring and teaching for many reasons, but also because it forces me to clarify my thoughts. Planning today's 1:1 with one of our QA/QC engineers helped me realize what I really want from a QA/QC engineer.

Let's start with something familiar: software engineering.

Software engineering …

When She did Great and I Failed

You should have stayed in bed. Things went south. The shit hit the fan. And they ask you: what went wrong?

To team leads and my future self: That's the day when you have to remember two simple rules:

  1. (When they ask because they're happy) He did great. Oh, and …

I Thought You Give Us the Goals

“I thought you give us the goals.” That was the reaction when I asked our QA engineers: Where do you think QA should be at the end of the year?

What made me pause for a second is what I'm reading all over the leadership literature: I'm responsible for setting …