How to Build a Great Engineering Culture - Tanja Lichtensteiger - Sky Betting & Gaming

How to Build a Great Engineering Culture - Tanja Lichtensteiger - Sky Betting & Gaming

Tanja Lichtensteiger of Sky Betting & Gaming discusses how to build a great engineering culture and how it can help you build better software.

(This post is part of a collection from the Sustainable Digital Delivery event hosted by Conflux at the Leeds Digital Festival 2019)

Key points:

  • Engineering culture is it is all about the people

  • Happy engineers build better products

  • Main ingredients for good engineering culture:

    • People & teams, if you don’t get this right, you won't have a chance in hell to build great engineering culture.

    • Hire for potential, attitude and resilience - technical ability comes second

    • Ingredients for job satisfaction: autonomy, mastery, complexity

    • Squads - it’s good to have squads that are loosely coupled to minimise blast radius (two pizza team)

    • Psychological safety - let them be who they are at home to be at work, encourage diversity, no ego

    • You need people to be comfortable to fail - fail fast, learn fast

    • Chaos engineering - try it out

  • Build better people - people = asset, invest in their learning, help them become better

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