God grant us the serenity to exercise our bounded rationality freely in the systems that are structured appropriately, the courage to restructure the systems that aren't, and the wisdom to know the difference!
A colleague and I were discussing how it is difficult to take critical feedback well. The conversation was textual and I ended up writing a lot of thoughts. In a bid to save my keystrokes from dying, I thought I will pen down my thoughts here so that I can share them with peeps whenever … Continue reading On taking feedback well
Alpha Geek? I recently came across the term “Alpha Geek” in “The Manager’s Path”. The Alpha geek is usually an excellent, effective engineer who is driven to always have the right answers, and solve hard problems. Alrighty! I want to be one! Where do I sign up? He knows exactly why that thing you’re trying … Continue reading Don’t be the Alpha Geek: Your team deserves better
At Squad, we have been following the concept of having small inter-disciplinary teams, which we call Solver Teams (the concept is beautifully explained by Spotify, we took a lot of inspiration from them). As fate would have it, I got to lead a team responsible for building the Machine Learning platform for Squad, from scratch. … Continue reading How I stopped being awful at managing: Leadership lessons from a Dev
Just me fanboying about my mentor, with the sole purpose of getting more page views on my sad blog when he becomes famous.
Designed by Freepik Sometimes when I tell my friends what we have built in a short span of time, I see there eyes going wide in disbelief. One candidate I was talking to about SquadRun thought we had 10–12 developers in the team, judging by what all we had built. But we are not a … Continue reading How we built an engineering culture of doing more with less