Author: Tobias Mende

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs — DevEx Edition

This article applies Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to developer experience (DevEx), emphasizing prioritizing developers’ basic needs like psychological safety before higher needs like challenging work. It presents a tailored Maslow’s pyramid for developers and underscores the impact of superior DevEx on productivity and business success.

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From Conflict to Collaboration in Engineering Teams

Conflict, when managed correctly, can spur innovation and strengthen team cohesion, fostering a healthier, more productive engineering culture. This article explores the transformation of conflicts into powerful catalysts for collaboration and innovation within engineering teams. It provides practical tips on embracing a positive view of conflict, improving communication, reframing conflicts as collaborative problem-solving exercises, promoting empathy, sharing responsibility in conflict resolution, and celebrating successful conflict resolution.

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How to Measure Developer Experience: The Danger of Metrics

In the data-driven decision-making world, quantifying developer experience and productivity can be a challenging feat. This article illuminates the possible pitfalls when solely relying on hard metrics to gauge developer productivity. It draws attention to the importance of considering qualitative factors such as job satisfaction and team morale and how an unhealthy fixation with numbers can lead to misleading interpretations. Moreover, the article suggests how to include these seemingly ‘immeasurable’ elements into the evaluation mechanism to attain a more comprehensive understanding of the team’s performance.

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Developer Experience at Risk: Red Flags for Engineering Leaders

In an environment where Developer Experience is the pivotal determinant of productivity, engagement, and job satisfaction, its neglect can derail even the most ambitious projects. This article highlights essential alarm signals of a declining developer experience, drawing from real-world examples and seasoned insights. It underlines key strategies and coping mechanisms that could indicate looming issues, from job crafting and risk-taking to burnout and resignation. Leaders must heed these signs to prevent their teams from slipping into a state of low motivation and productivity.

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Engineering Excellence through Mission-Driven Teams (High-Purpose Environments, Part 5)

In software engineering and product development, high-purpose environments are vital for driving innovation, creativity, and collaboration. A strong sense of purpose, clear values, and a commitment to continuous growth and improvement characterize these environments. In this article, I will expand on the concept of an engineering mission and its critical role in shaping high-purpose environments.

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The Importance of Values and Guiding Principles for Distributed Decision-Making (High-Purpose Environments, Part 4)

Values and guiding principles are crucial in enabling distributed decision-making within an organization. They empower individuals to make decisions autonomously, without constant supervision or hierarchical approval. This leads to increased efficiency and agility and fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility among team members. This article is about the difference of values and guiding principles and how to come up with good ones.

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Crafting a Compelling Engineering Vision (High-Purpose Environments, Part 3)

Creating a solid engineering vision is essential to building a high-purpose environment. A well-defined vision acts as a guiding star for your team and ensures that everyone is working towards the same goal.
Having a clear, motivating, inspiring, and achievable vision is one of the crucial pillars of distributed decision-making and leadership. In this article I will share 7 steps on how to create a compelling vision.

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The Importance of an Engineering Vision (High-Purpose Environments, Part 2)

Have you ever seen organizations and teams spinning in circles, having endless discussions, and never seeming able to make progress? Have you witnessed environments where every decision was made by a leader in the hierarchical sense? Or even worse, by someone able to exert a specific power and overrule others?

The scenarios that come to your mind might have one thing in common: They lacked a clear vision, mission, or applicable guiding principles and values (or all of those).

In this article, I want to dive into the exciting and essential topic of engineering vision.

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