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No matter what my title is, the same elements always drive me in my professional life: 1. Organizational impact: shape the technical direction of the company; bring structure in chaos; give clarity and guidance to the development teams 2. Coach and lead development teams - help individuals and teams mature - help them with their (technical) challenges - guide them on vision, processes, design choices, way of working 3. Solve technical problems: take a (business) problem and translate it into a technical solution that is feasible, functional, maintainable, performant, cost-effective, supportable… 4. Work closely with the development teams - working with developers daily helps to earn their trust and prevents an ivory tower - I challenge the teams, but I’m also challenged by them 5. Hands-on the keyboard: Getting my hands dirty now and then, allows me to stay close enough to the technology
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Michael Vanhoutte, Chief Architect at Aprimo, shares four key challenges he faced as he was growing in his role, expanding his technical expertise and climbing up a career ladder.
Michael Vanhoutte, Chief Architect at Aprimo, discusses why it is important to establish that a problem you are trying to solve is the right one and how the engineering obsession with ‘fixing the problems’ can lead us astray.
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