BIG NEWS! 馃帀 After some months of self-care, I feel ready to start searching for a new full-time professional challenge either as an employee or as a contractor (I don鈥檛 feel like freelancing with several companies at the moment) at a product company as a preference. Being full-remote is a MUST (no problem to move for on-sites every quarter or so) and I will say it despite being taboo: aiming for a 鈥渉igh salary鈥 right now (in the 鈥淣orth-Europe鈥 range, whatever that means; just keep reading and let鈥檚 talk about it anyway 馃槈).

Doing what? Basically, I can help your organisation and teams in the continuous and sustainable delivery of value for your users/customers/business through software and product development, with a diverse set of values, principles and practices (both social and technical), lowering the pain at the same time. We would do it together (I don鈥檛 want to feel alone, I want peers). Let鈥檚 grow TOGETHER.

For what position? Well鈥 it depends (sorry not sorry). Labels are too contextual and subjective and I don鈥檛 care much about them; some might be 鈥淓ngineering Manager鈥, 鈥淭echnical Agile Coach鈥, 鈥淪enior/Staff/Whatever Software Engineer鈥, 鈥淧roduct Developer鈥 or 鈥淢inion鈥 (it really depends on the context and conditions).

Having said that, my preference is a position with serious leverage, where I could feel that I have a positive impact in a broad scope.

Please, read the rest of this writing and if you feel that our needs and interests might be aligned, just contact me 馃檹

Picture talking at the Open Space of the Pamplona Software Crafters in 2019

A little bit about my experience and vision

I have lived and worked in different countries (France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, UK), and sometimes with REALLY diverse and multicultural environments (special mention for Spotify in Stockholm). So, I have a lot of experience with 鈥渃ultural differences鈥濃 At the same time, I have been lucky enough to work in many different industries: research centers, public administration, social networks, music, consultancy, fintech, telecommunications, startups, scale-ups, etc. And I have experience in several companies/teams working in distributed teams.

I think that product/software development is a learning journey, a double one indeed: we need to learn WHAT to do (what is the problem, the user/customer need to solve?) and HOW to do it. I approach it creating fast feedback loops (both for the user/customer/business needs, for the systems/technology and for the people working on it), working at a sustainable pace, with an eye to simplicity (both for the product and for the technology, reducing 鈥渨aste鈥 and maximizing the work not done), keeping focus (鈥渟top starting, start finishing鈥), taking lots of baby steps, growing an experimentation and learning culture, with a strong automation view (for testing, deploying and any other error-prone/boring/repeated task). For succeeding in that, we need empowered and self-organised teams who contain all the required skills to fulfill their mission in an end-to-end way (from product discovery to the final satisfaction of the user needs - whoever they are -, maintenance included); teams with continuous learning and improvement habits, with healthy habits and pragmatic decisions. All that within an aligned organisation with clear focus and growing a psychologically safe culture where people work together, they care for each other, having fun, trusting and feeling listened and valued as human beings.

And always based on a very fluid and honest communication among all the people involved in the mission, being able to express ourselves in an empathetic and assertive way (the Non-Violent Communication approach can help with that). I鈥檓 also a fan of over-communicating (specially as a geographically distributed team): most of our problems come from the illusion of communication, not from the technical space.

Some of my biggest satisfactions so far were being part of growing teams where only a few minutes/hours/days elapsed from the moment we started working on a user need and that user need was (starting to be) satisfied. All that based in many values, principles and practices, besides the previously mentioned: vertical slicing (for business and technology), measuring the impact, DDD, pair/ensemble working by default, Outside-In TDD by default, refactoring mercilessly, Trunk-Based Development, self-managed and self-organised teams, simplicity (yes, again), focus (limiting WIP), encouraging a continuous and sustainable flow, lots of automation, end-to-end ownership (software, infrastructure, observability, etc.), humility, transparency, empathy, trust, fun, respect, courage, etc. And we did it surrounded by GOOD people doing their best to do the right thing in the right way in a flat structure and being a remote/distributed team (I had started working fully remote before the COVID).

The best teams where I have worked (according to the DORA report, some people would call them 鈥渉ighly effective鈥 or 鈥渉igh-performing鈥 - even 鈥渆lite鈥, which I detest) looked like being very 鈥渃alm鈥 and 鈥渟mooth鈥 from the outside: seldom in emergency mode. And they worked TOGETHER (pair/ensemble by default), not as cowboys/cowgirls. That鈥檚 the kind of team/culture I aim at growing and being part of.

If the previous blocks resonate to you, we might be a good match 馃ぉ

I would LOVE to work at a company with an AMAZING mission, having a voice and feeling that I can make a difference surrounded by nice and professional people. Bonus points if it existed the chance to work less than 40 hours per week at some point in the future 馃憪

For further details, you can take a look at my LinkedIn profile or some of my talks and workshops (I like sharing) 馃

My references

Some people from whom I have learnt or I keep on learning

Other stuff that has inspired me a lot at some point of my professional life

Systems thinking, Lean product development, eXtreme Programming, agile, Kanban, the Software Crafters community, DevOps culture, Continuous Delivery mindset, Domain-Driven Design, Non-Violent Communication, Real Options, Buddhist meditation, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Psychology, the scientific method and many books etc.

My readings

Here you can take a look at some of the 鈥渕any鈥 books that I have read (or currently reading). There, you can see all my bookshelves and take a look at whatever you feel an interest in (e.g. product development, teams, software development, etc.) I love reading and I think it鈥檚 one of the main ways to open your mind and learn new things (other ways of achieving it are 鈥渉ands-on鈥 activities, deliberate learning and keeping good and curious people around you).

You might be interested to hire me if鈥

  • It鈥檚 taking longer and longer for you to deliver value to your users. Or just longer than you need or would like to. I can help you to move to a delivery of value several times per day.
  • It鈥檚 getting too painful to change/understand your codebase and to take it to Production: your legacy code is eating you and you have too many manual steps!
    • I can help you introduce Infrastructure as Code; during my time as a Platform Engineer I dealt a lot with Terraform, Docker, AWS, etc. (I鈥檓 not an 鈥渆xpert鈥 though)
    • Your commits should experience a smooth and automated flow to Production.
  • Your issues in Production are taking 鈥渢oo much time鈥 from thinking and experimenting what to solve and how to solve it. And even worse: they are damaging your users trust! (and probably your developers morale).
  • Your feedback cycles are too slow. For example, your lead time from commit to production usually takes days instead of minutes. That is to say you learn very slowly鈥 I would encourage fast feedback cycles through practices like TDD, pair/ensemble programming, trunk-based development, feature flags, robust delivery pipelines and many other things. We would go there in baby steps 馃槉
  • You don鈥檛 see how you could improve your technical skills to better serve the users/business (and for having a better life).
  • You would like to get rid of those diabolic long-lived branches and hellish pull-requests but you don鈥檛 know how to get the same value without their drawbacks. I can help you to move to a Trunk-Based Development approach in a safe way.
  • You want to start writing automated tests (unit, integration, end-to-end, performance) but you don鈥檛 know how. Or you are already doing it but you want to improve.
  • You see value in TDD but don鈥檛 know how to do it.
  • Your design/architecture is getting too difficult to understand and change. I can help with many different 鈥渢ools鈥, e.g. with Domain-Driven Design principles and practices.
  • Your engineering culture is focused on technology and not so much on finding out what is the right problem to solve in small steps (not burning people in the path). I can bring a socio-technical approach caring about people at the same time, supporting them to grow as professionals (as a team and as individuals).
  • You would like to start decoupling 鈥渞elease鈥 from 鈥渄eployment鈥, so that you could get fast feedback from the system (e.g. with feature flags and other parallel changes techniques).
  • You have lots of blocking dependencies in your Value Stream but you are not sure about how to reduce them (both human and technological).
  • You don鈥檛 know how to simplify and split your 鈥渦ser stories鈥 (or whatever you call it), you are more focused on getting (better) estimations. I can help you with your product management and focusing on getting a continuous flow of value instead of 鈥渨asting efforts鈥 on 鈥渢raditional鈥 estimations.
  • I can help you foster a continuous learning culture, which is both good for your business and for your people鈥檚 motivation!
  • And many other topics: hiring, onboarding, general developer experience, incident management, teams organisation, etc.

During a workshop about TCR (Test&&Commit||Revert) at the Stockholm Crafters in 2019

Please, don鈥檛 hire me if鈥

  • Don鈥檛 hire me if you deliberately lie or hide important information to your users, customers, employees, providers or any other stakeholder. Also if you want to create or reinforce any kind of addiction in people or you鈥檙e consciously hurting human or animal lives. Ethics are extremely important to me (at the same time I鈥檓 human, so I鈥檓 full of cognitive dissonances and incoherences).
  • There is no SERIOUS psychological safety: there are agrgressive people who diminish other people opinions, either directly attacking them or putting them down (sometimes in 鈥渟ubtle鈥 ways). Extra red flags if the people doing it are the CxO/VP/HeadOf, I鈥檝e had enough of that 馃檹
  • You are looking for a 鈥渢echnology expert鈥: someone who should be the technical reference for technology A or B. That鈥檚 neither what I want to do nor where I can bring more value. On the bright side: I can help you get to T-shaped roles and minimize the knowledge silos.
  • You need me to be on-call outside of business hours. During my last experiences on-call I suffered from a serious burnout; besides that, it鈥檚 clear to me that I don鈥檛 want it at this point of my life. On the sunny side: I know from experience that you can have a healthy on-call policy where not everybody HAS TO be on-call and where alerts very seldom happen. I can help you with that 馃槈 (I would be open to try it for a few days and better understand your process in order to improve it).
  • Working over-hours is not an extremely rare thing to do (and when done, it is compensated). No meetings outside the 鈥渃ore working hours鈥. I feel passion for my work, but I feel even more passion for my time out of work. Good news: I can help you achieve a much healthier culture (if you want) 馃檹
  • You don鈥檛 like people who ask 鈥渨hy鈥 and 鈥渨hat for鈥 a lot and you just want someone to tell them what the problem is and even sometimes how to solve it: I鈥檓 sure you can get cheaper people for doing that 馃槃
  • Command and control is the main way you take decisions (even if they are coloured with fancy names).

Some questions that I will probably ask you

Because of the general interest, I have moved this section to an independent post.

Final words

Congratulations!! 馃帀 You arrived at the end of this (not so short) description about what I think I can offer and what I would need. If you think we could be a good match, just contact me and let鈥檚 talk! 馃檹