SimpleLeadership Podcast

SimpleLeadership specifically focuses on improving the craft of software engineering leadership. As a VP of Engineering & CTO I am acutely aware of the lack of good resources available for new and existing software engineering managers. SimpleLeadership is designed for both new and experienced software & technology managers who want to build high-performing teams, better motivate & mentor their employees, reduce attrition and advance their career. It is for people who want to go beyond just being a manager and become a true leader. In this interview based show I ask each guest to share their journey from individual contributor to software engineering manager and provide any guidance on the transition. The SimpleLeadership Podcast will present real and actionable stories from people who have navigated their way from being an individual contributor into a software engineering manager. We will also hear from experts on specifics of team dynamics, motivation, feedback, leadership and many more aspects of being a successful engineering manager.
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Feb 19, 2018

Edmond Lau is the author of the book, The Effective Engineer now the de facto onboarding guide for many engineering teams. He's spent the past decade building and leading engineering teams at high-growth companies across Silicon Valley — including at Quip, Quora, Ooyala, and Google.

As an engineering leadership coach, Edmond has worked directly with CTO's, directors, managers, and other emerging leaders to unlock what's possible for them and their teams. He's run workshops and seminars at places like Pinterest, Google, Facebook, Quip, and Medium to raise the bar on what it means to be an effective engineering leader. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Time, Slate, Inc., Fortune, and Wired.

Edmond recently embarked on a new adventure with engineering-manager-turned-coach Jean Hsu to build the best leadership development brand out there for engineers and people in tech. They'll be taking the most valuable lessons they've learned from coaching 100+ tech leads, managers, directors, engineering VPs, and CTOs — and distilling them into simple frameworks, powerful workshops, and online experiences. Follow the journey at, where they'll be sharing everything they're learning.

On today's episode we discuss how to be an effective engineering leader, frameworks for improving your management skills and coaching for success.


Show Notes

The Effective Engineer

Software Lead Weekly

The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change

High Output Management


Feb 11, 2018

On today's episode we discuss product & engineering team alignment, deadlines and urgency and ideas for helping under representated groups becoming technology leaders.

Kimber LockhartKimber Lockhart is Chief Technology Officer at One Medical Group – a rapidly growing model of primary care that integrates innovative design with leading technology to deliver higher quality service while lowering the total cost of care.  Previously, Kimber co-founded Increo, a web-based service that allows users to share and review documents in a secure space. Increo was acquired by Box in 2009, and she hired and scaled the web application engineering team over the next four years, ultimately responsible for building most user-facing features on Box.  Kimber speaks frequently on technology, heath care, and engineering careers in San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Stuart ParmenterStuart Parmenter is VP of Engineering at One Medical – a rapidly growing model of primary care that integrates innovative design with leading technology to deliver higher quality service while lowering the total cost of care. Previously, Stuart co-founded Rise, a mobile app for dieting and health, that aims to connect users with their own personalized diet plans and daily feedback from nutrition coaches for a fraction of the usual cost. Rise was acquired by One Medical in 2016. Before Rise, Stuart was running Mobile at Mozilla.


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Show Notes:

Don’t create a sense of urgency, foster a sense of purpose.

Under the hood: Calibrating technical teams with a simple shift

The 12 Elements of Great Managing

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

How F*cked Up Is Your Management?: An uncomfortable conversation about modern leadership

Feb 5, 2018

Andrew Marsh, CTO and co-founder of talks about the poor state of interviewing process in today's tech companies, how to improve them and his company,

Andrew Marsh is co-founder and CTO of A product designer and software engineer, he previously founded Fifth Column Games and has shipped titles with over 100 million users. Andrew ultimately left games in search of an industry where making a positive impact on the community was more aligned with success.

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My company website is

My twitter is @andimusprime
Company Twitter is @interviewingio
Jan 28, 2018

On today's show Lawrence and I discuss why group meetings can be such time wasters, the importance of one-one-ones and lawrence's book.

Over the last 18 years, Lawrence Krubner  has been the technical co-founder of 3 different startups that he has led to success. He has also seen millions of dollars wasted on poorly run projects that he have had to turn around and save. Turning around a failing project can go smoothly, so long as everyone on the team can be completely honest about why a project was failing up to that point. He is a proponent of the "train fast, fire fast, fail fast, iterate fast" philosophy -- a team should improve itself as much as possible, through training or replacement, and thereby maximize the speed with which it delivers products.

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Show Notes:

One-on-one meetings are underrated, whereas group meetings waste time

I Done This

Why Can't They Just by Lara Hogan

how to destroy a tech startup in 3 easy steps

Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker Books on Amazon

Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's

Ship It!

Jan 22, 2018

Juan Pablo Buritica, VP of Engineering at, talks about building and managing a distributed team and the benefits of running developer communities.

Juan Pablo Buritica is the VP of Engineering at where he leads a distributed engineering team throughout the US and Latin America that is building the creative hub for the modern musician.

Juan Pablo has built effective software engineering organizations by emphasizing Open Source software values, technical excellence, trust, and empathy. He has organized more than 10 software engineering conferences in the US & Latin-America, founded multiple JavaScript meetups, and led the growth of Colombia’s JavaScript community, the largest Spanish-speaking JS community in the world with more than 7,000 members.

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Twitter @buritica

Show Notes:


Clubhouse Project Management

When your manager isn't supporting you, build a Voltron


The Manager's Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win


Jan 15, 2018

Ben Jackson, formally of VICE Media and The NYT, talks about the importance of employee onboarding and his new company For the Win.

Ben Jackson has been designing and building consumer-facing products for 20 years.

Before founding For the Win, Ben worked as Director of Mobile at VICE Media and iOS Lead at The New York Times. He’s written about design, technology, and psychology for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and WIRED, among others. Ben studied Computer Science and Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

In today's episode we discuss the importance of employee onboarding, Ben's new company, "For the Win," his Slackbot and "Harold and the Purple Crayon."


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Show Notes:

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

The First Time Manager

The Effective Manager

Manager Tools Podcast

Team of Teams 

Practical Service Design

Jan 8, 2018

Robert Slifka, VP of Engineering at Sharethrough, talks about Calibrate, the conference for software engineering managers he organizes, the importance of finding good fit for both employees and companies and having a more fulfilling work experience.