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Tech Lead Journal

35 EpisodesProduced by Henry SuryawirawanWebsite

Great technical leadership requires more than just great coding skills. It requires a variety of other skills that are not well-defined, and they are not something that we can fully learn in any school or book. Hear from experienced technical leaders sharing their journey and philosophy for building… read more

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#34 - Improving Developers’ Productivity with Universal Code Search and Sourcegraph - Beyang Liu

April 12th, 2021


“Developer productivity is not lines of code written. It’s not the number of commits. It has to do with the ultimate problem you’re solving and the …

#33 - Simplicity Playbook for Innovators - Jin Kang Møller

April 5th, 2021


“Simplicity is an experience that makes things easy for users that leaves positive emotions."

Jin Kang Møller is an award-winning customer experience strategist, design practitioner, and the author of “The Simplicity …

#32 - CIO Leadership Lessons from Singapore's First CIO - Alex Siow

March 29th, 2021


“The CIO is a person who uses IT to facilitate and enable a company so that it becomes more competitive, and it becomes more profitable."

Alex Siow …

#31 - Sustainable Digital Innovation at BNY Mellon - Johnny Wijaya

March 22nd, 2021


“Your digital agenda is your business agenda. You got to be very deliberate and intentional about your transformation journey. You do it because it’s the right thing to do, and you got to figure out what is that right …

#30 - The Engineering Career Dilemma & Growing Through Self-Reflection - Annie Vella

March 15th, 2021


“Be the supply to the unmet demand. Things that you could make a huge difference on if only you just go and do it. You don’t need to seek permission. …

#29 - A Guide to Technical Writing and Content Creation - Helen Scott

March 8th, 2021


“If a user is even reading documentation that a technical writer has produced, they’re probably already annoyed."

Helen Scott is a technical writer and Java Developer Advocate at JetBrains. In this episode, we discussed …

#28 - Becoming an Effective Software Engineering Manager - James Stanier

March 1st, 2021


“The output of a manager is the output of the manager’s team plus the output of the organization that they influence."

James Stanier is the SVP Engineering at Brandwatch and author of “Become an Effective Software …

#27 - Tech Entrepreneurship Venture from Israel to Vietnam - Doron Shachar

February 22nd, 2021


“I truly believe that what set the superstars or people who are very successful is the ability to tell to themselves to quit. Winners quit fast and …

#26 - Experience Design—Apple's Best Kept Secret - Tim Kobe

February 15th, 2021


"Most people confuse a technical capability with technology. Ultimately, technology is a technical capability plus the human outcome that it creates."

#25 - Software Craftsmanship & Modernization - Sandro Mancuso

February 8th, 2021


“When I think about well-crafted software, it’s code that we are not scared to change. The code clearly specifies what it does. When we change one part of it, don’t break the other. You always feel that you are in …

#24 - Best Practices for Your Developer Onboarding Process - Tanaka Mutakwa

February 1st, 2021


“When you recruit an engineer on your team, you actually want to make sure from their first day on, you give them the smoothest entry into your company and help them and assist them in as many ways as you can to become …

#23 - Earn People & Leadership Lessons from Hyperscaling Gojek - Ajey Gore

January 25th, 2021


“I always deliver myself against these four things: you should stay true to learning; be curious, understand what is going on; optimize for people, …

#22 - How to Facilitate Great Retrospectives - Aino Vonge Corry

January 24th, 2021


“A retrospective is a time set aside where you are looking at what has happened, you’re appreciating what happened, and you’re learning from what happened. And then you improve the ways of how you’re doing things."

Aino …

#21 - Domain-Driven Design and Event-Driven Architecture - Vaughn Vernon

January 11th, 2021


“Programmers have to come out of their cubicles. Innovative software development doesn’t happen with one person in a cubicle with great ideas. Because it’s not just even about code. Anybody can write code. It’s about …

#20 - Building Products People Love—Lessons from Decades at Apple and Adobe - Arno Gourdol

December 21st, 2020


“The most important thing we can do in order to get whatever success we want—build the best product you can. Invest all your energy in making the …

#19 - Scaling Collaboration Across the Globe - Ranganathan Balashanmugam

December 14th, 2020


“With machines, you know there are limitations. You can’t go beyond that. You have to upgrade your machines. Or the technology changes. But with …

#18 - Succeeding in Tech & Cloud Latest - Kelsey Hightower

December 7th, 2020


“What I come to realize is that technology doesn’t move that fast. The fundamentals are roughly the same. It’s the fact that we don’t necessarily …

#17 - Remote Work & Asynchronous Communication at Doist - Gonçalo Silva

November 30th, 2020


“Asynchronous communication promotes flow. And flow is generally what we’re all looking for. Not only because it’s more productive. Not only it’s because it’s within this state that we produce the best work. It’s also …

#16 - Responsible AI and Building Trust in AI - Liu Feng-Yuan

November 23rd, 2020


“Having the conversation within the business, the data science teams, and the technology teams about what problems are you trying to solve? What can …

#15 - Tech Resumes & Learnings From Uber Engineering Manager - Gergely Orosz

November 16th, 2020


“The goal of your resume is to get a recruiter call. It’s a binary yes or no. That is the goal. As soon as you have your recruiter call, your resume doesn’t really matter that much."

Gergely is a seasoned software …

#14 - Founding Microsoft Office 365 & Digital Transformation - Richard Koh

November 9th, 2020


“Organizations should never set up a central digital transformation office. It should be owned by everybody in the organization. It’s not a CIO’s …

#13 - Startup Growth Strategy & Building Gojek Data Team - Crystal Widjaja

November 2nd, 2020


“Goal on the behaviors that matter. Don’t goal on your vanity metrics. Figure out what it is that, not just works for your product, but also for you as an individual."

Crystal Widjaja is a startup growth advisor and a …

#12 - Singapore's Open Government Products - Li Hongyi

October 26th, 2020


“You can run an organization where you communicate clearly, and you treat people fairly, and you try to set people up for success. I have seen it work, and I can make that happen, and I remember that it is possible."

#11 - The Journey to Humanise Software Development - Joshua Partogi

October 19th, 2020


“Courage needs to be emphasized even more in software development context. That’s related with respect. We cannot expect the developers will be courageous, to tell the truth, to have integrity, unless the organization, …

#10 - State of Java & Code Review Best Practices - Trisha Gee

October 12th, 2020


“As a leader, it’s not your responsibility to do. It’s your responsibility to teach and help your team to level up. Your job is to level up your team, so that you have a team of people who can do it better and faster."

#9 - Tech Leadership & Hypergrowth at Fintech Bank N26 - Patrick Kua

October 5th, 2020


“A Tech Lead is a person with a technical background, typically an engineer who is leading a team and particularly responsible and accountable for …

#8 - Digital Transformation Journey in SP Digital - Chang Sau Sheong

September 28th, 2020


“There is no permanent failure and there is no guarantee of success either. What you define as success, what you define as failure is just a definition."

Sau Sheong is the CEO of SP Digital, an energytech company, part …

#7 - Continuous Delivery and Secrets of Consulting - Sriram Narayanan

September 21st, 2020


“Continuous Integration is when you are integrating with the other developers on the code base as soon as possible. Continuous Delivery is when your code is in a deployable state and functionally correct."

In this …

#6 - Becoming a Tech Influencer Through Storytelling - Stephanie Wong

September 15th, 2020


“The thing about becoming a Tech Influencer is, content is Queen and consistency, quality and value matter. That’s the trifecta of creating content that sticks."

In this episode, I had a fun conversation with Stephanie …

#5 - Infrastructure as Code - Kief Morris

September 7th, 2020


"With Infrastructure as Code, you’re not trying to kind of reverse engineer or understand what ended up somehow onto each system, you’re actually saying, this is how the system is built and because it’s built from that …

#4 - Women in Cybersecurity - Neha Malhotra

August 31st, 2020


"With the kind of security breaches and attacks that we are witnessing in this era, it becomes of prior importance that we prioritize security at the top."

In this episode, I am joined by Neha Malhotra who has recently …

#3 - Agile Essence and Challenging Status Quo - Stanly Lau

August 22nd, 2020


“Knowing and understanding are very different things. Unless I practice it along with good guidance, I may not increase my understanding."

There are several Agile misconceptions in the industry lately. It has even come …

#2 - Community Contribution and Mentoring Junior Devs - Michael Cheng

August 11th, 2020


Hear from Singapore's prominent community builder, Michael Cheng, on how to contribute to communities, and learn more about his latest passion for mentoring junior developers.


“Rather than being passive about it, …

#1 - Startup Tech Leadership - Jerome Poudevigne

August 3rd, 2020


"Leading others is leading yourself first. That's a very big work of self awareness, and you should always do that."

Jerome Poudevigne is a serial …

Welcome to Tech Lead Journal with Henry Suryawirawan

July 14th, 2020


"Great technical leadership requires more than just great coding skills. It requires a variety of other skills that are not well-defined."

In this trailer episode, your host Henry Suryawirawan explains why he created …

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