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Shifting Your Culture In 3 Steps

As a leader I often need to make changes to mentalities with are deeply engrained in our company culture. I have a simple three-step process for this: 1. Team Discussion The first step is to raise awareness of the issue with your team. Make sure to explain what the issue is and why it is…

Shifting Your Culture In 3 Steps

As a leader I often need to make changes to mentalities with are deeply engrained in our company culture. I have a simple three-step process for this: 1. Team Discussion The first step is to raise awareness of the issue with your team. Make sure to explain what the issue is and why it is…

WFH With Kids

This pandemic has created many challenges for us all, but has also provided many opportunities to see life from a different angle. Some of the challenges have been especially great for those of us with kids (I have two boys, aged 5 and 2). I discussed this with other the other parents in my team……

Performance

When I started out leading a team, I didn’t consider that I needed to empower my team to grow. I just figured they would grow naturally, but I was wrong. It’s not that they lacked guidance, but more that the culture didn’t encourage everyone to think about growth. Growth therefore became a slow organic process…

Engineers Build Solutions, They Don’t Check off Tasks

Software engineers thrive on problem solving. So why do we so often give them a list of tasks to check off? I fell into this trap myself, the PMs in my teams used to attend meetings alone, document the requirements and break out tasks for engineers. I told myself we were “protecting” our engineers from…

Training & Certifications

This article describes some work in progress. I’m sharing to get feedback form the community and there are questions in bold. You can answer in the comments, by replying in social media or emailing me. This is an oft misunderstood topic. I used to put a low value on training. During my time in tech…

What does it mean to be a “Senior” Engineer?

Most engineers aspire to be considered “senior”, the title being recognition of their career journey and the value they can add to a business. However, I find there are many misconceptions amongst engineers about what it really means to be senior. In this article I’m going to lay out my perspective on what it means…

Treat Your People Right

I strongly believe that work should be a fulfilling and even enjoyable part of each of our lives. We spend a lot of time working, and for many of us it is the main ways we contribute to our communities and society as a whole. Like many companies, Nolte is a knowledge business, which means…

The Focus of a Smooth-Running Technology Organisation

A couple of months ago I wrote about What Technology Leadership Means To Me, describing my journey during 2020. But what does the current state of our technology organisation look like? A Focus on Our Clients’ Goals Our philosophy is to co-create digital products with our clients by solving problems in a way which makes…

WordPress E2E & UI Testing

As we continue to strive towards excellence in QA, we are looking to automate more of our QA process. WordPress presents some very specific challenges, and this article discussed some of the strategies we’ve used to automate testing for bespoke WordPress websites. UI Testing We have recently started using Happo for screenshot testing. The main…

What Technology Leadership Means To Me

I’ve spent the last few months working with a business coach, digging deep into what leadership means to me. In this article I briefly share my journey… My views on leadership have changed dramatically since I suffered a leadership breakdown at the end of 2019. In short, back then it seemed nothing I did made…

Improving LCP in WordPress: Part 2

This is part 2 of a two-part series (part 1 is here)In part 1 I looked at where to start when it comes to improving LCP for WordPress sites, and at some steps you can take to improve back-end performance. Part 2 looks at the front-end. If you’ve covered the server-side and are happy with the…