22 episodes

Conversations with software engineers who have progressed beyond the career level, into Staff levels and beyond. We discuss the areas of work that set Staff-plus level engineers apart from other individual contributors; things like setting technical direction, mentorship and sponsorship, providing engineering perspective to the org, etc.Hosted by David Noël-Romas (@davidnoelromas) and Alex Kessinger (@voidfiles).

StaffEng David Noël-Romas (@davidnoelromas) and Alex Kessinger (@voidfiles)

    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

Conversations with software engineers who have progressed beyond the career level, into Staff levels and beyond. We discuss the areas of work that set Staff-plus level engineers apart from other individual contributors; things like setting technical direction, mentorship and sponsorship, providing engineering perspective to the org, etc.Hosted by David Noël-Romas (@davidnoelromas) and Alex Kessinger (@voidfiles).

    Alex Kessinger (Stitch Fix) and David Noël-Romas (Stripe)

    Alex Kessinger (Stitch Fix) and David Noël-Romas (Stripe)

    This episode is a celebration of the journey we have been on as this podcast comes to a close. We have had such a great time bringing you these interviews and we are excited about a new chapter, taking the lessons we have learned forward into different spaces. It's been a lot of work putting this show together, but it has also been such a pleasure doing it. And, as we all know, nothing good lasts forever! So to close the circle in a sense, we decided to host a conversation between the two of ...

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Peter Stout (Netflix)

    Peter Stout (Netflix)

    The structures of an organization can often be self-reinforcing, and in a changing environment, this becomes a recipe for future vulnerabilities. That is why senior ICs need to play a slightly discordant role at times by alerting teams to issues conventionally outside of their bubble of concern. Peter Stout is a Technical Director at Netflix where he has a cross-functional role at the juncture of business and technology. He joins us on the show today to share some of the finer details around ...

    • 52 min
    James Cowling (Convex)

    James Cowling (Convex)

    Often the biggest impacts a Staff Engineer can make in their organization are not technical but rather people-related. When teams are value-aligned due to good leadership, they go on to make larger impacts than they would otherwise have. As Senior Principal Engineer at Dropbox for almost a decade, James Cowling learned a lot about how people think and work together, and he joins us today to share some of his insights. Joining this conversation, listeners will hear about James’ experience at t...

    • 48 min
    Bryan Berg (Stripe)

    Bryan Berg (Stripe)

    Staff engineers may not get much time to code anymore, but this does not mean problem-solving and system design is not an integral part of their day-to-day. Today’s guest is Bryan Berg, Staff Engineer at Stripe, and he joins us to talk about the nuances of his position and his unique approach to the many challenges it entails. As a Staff Engineer, Bryan acts as Tech Lead of the Traffic team, and we begin our conversation by hearing about how he landed in this role. Bryan describes the ambiguo...

    • 50 min
    Ben Ilegbodu (Stitch Fix)

    Ben Ilegbodu (Stitch Fix)

    Today we talk to Ben Ilegbodu, Principal Frontend Engineer at Stitch Fix, about how he manages to stay close to the code at a senior level. We hear how he arrived at Stitch Fix and what his first tasks were to identify the pain points in customer teams. From getting the IC's on his side to learning the importance of marketing your ideas to upper management, Ben talks us through his exciting career. He describes how he handles urgent tasks, and why it's crucial to do the important tasks first....

    • 35 min
    Ashby Winch

    Ashby Winch

    Moving from an architect role to a product-oriented one might seem like a big leap, but there are overlaps between the two roles. Today's guest, Ashby Winch, has recently made this transition, and in today's episode, they share what this has been like. Up until recently, Ashby was an architect, with their most senior role at a large logistics operation in the U.K. Now, they have shifted to a product management job, and they are using the skills from the previous role for this new position. We...

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

CensoredUser ,

Thought-provoking and relevant! Excellent!

This podcast really helped me accept that my experience as a Staff engineer is not unique in the industry, and the guests have some great advice. Picking up a lot of good nuggets from the conversations. Thank you!

Vinay` ,

great content

please continue the interviews
even if the information gets a bit repetitive initially. could be good reminder of the main principles of engineering.

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