Alex Shaw

Alex Shaw

Chief Technology and Product Officer at Hive Learning

LinkedIn profile
My next available slot is
  • Tuesday 28th Mar11:00 AM

A Life time software engineer full time tinkerer and leader of successful engineering and product teams for over 18 years. I focus on building high performing, inclusive cultures of team growth that can apply agile techniques to help deliver innovative, outcome driven solutions and we usually enjoying doing it on the way! Fan of the theory of constraints, Drive, creative thinking techniques and happy teams. I've run teams from 2 to 150 in both startups and large financial organisations and take pride in achieving high retention numbers by helping to develop the people in the teams I lead through professional and personal growth. I've built a number of successful technical recruitment teams that have driven down agency costs to almost 0 in most cases, created training schemes and implemented a number of approaches to graduate development. My teams include devops, engineering, customer support and data supporting both internal teams and external customers. I've worked with 'legacy' style systems and also 'infrastructure-as-code' environments built in more modern cloud environments. A range of architectural styles including DB & Event driven, micro services and predominantly online platforms. Lots of experience dealing with compliance and UK/EU data laws, ISO27001, GDPR, contracts and negotiations. I run a tech community, schools outreach and code clubs for students.

About me

Key stats


18 Years


Manager of Managers


Cloud Services
Education / eTech
Computer Software
Human Resources
Financial Services / Fintech

Do you want Alex as mentor?

Develop yourself to become a stronger engineering / product leader



2 resources


Nothing yet


Nothing yet


1 links

"You don't care about quality" A story of single metric bias

3 February

This was not a high point in my career. It's a story of single metric bias, how I let one measure become a 'source of truth', failed to manage up and ended up yelling at one of the most respected engineers in my team.

Conflict Resolution
Working with Product Teams
A 3 tier approach to more effective recruiting

19 January

Recruiting and retaining good staff is amongst the top challenges for every business. There is a world where it's not always expensive, doesn't take an age, reduces lead times and actively contributes to the in-situ teams growth.

Team Management
Hiring, Retaining, or Firing
See more stories

You're a great engineer.
Become a great engineering leader.

Plato ( is the world's biggest mentorship platform for engineering managers & product managers. We've curated a community of mentors who are the tech industry's best engineering & product leaders from companies like Facebook, Lyft, Slack, Airbnb, Gusto, and more.