Christian Jennewein

Christian Jennewein

Director of Engineering at Deezer

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Seniority

7 Years

Hierarchy

C-Suite

I'm mentoring with Plato since my time at French unicorn BlaBlaCar in Paris (France), where I grew the engineering team from 5 to 75 over a four year period. During this time I implemented an agile, scrum-based process for product development and launched a second engineering hub in Warsaw (Poland). I then moved on to leading the SaaS sports tech startup TopScore, where I worked over a year remotely before moving to Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) to join headquarters. Besides being much closer to the business I keep on coding myself while managing our 3 developers (all in three different timezones than me) as well as managing product and support. I'm looking forward to meet you and your challenges to eventually detect patterns that match with my experience and help you to overcome them and grow.

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  June 10, 2020
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Stories

Changing Companies to Reconnect with Tech
8 October

Christian Jennewein, CEO at TopScore, explains how, after having mulled over several options, a company change was the best bet for him to gain back his technical confidence.

Career Path
Changing company
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Christian Jennewein

Christian Jennewein

Director of Engineering at Deezer

Finding a Routine That Works for a Distributed Engineering Team
6 December

Christian Jennewein, CEO of TopScore, illustrates his process of organizing the success of a team of four engineers on four different time zones.

Remote
Collaboration
Agile / Scrum
Roadmap
Deadlines
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Christian Jennewein

Christian Jennewein

Director of Engineering at Deezer

Improving Collaboration Within Remote Teams
21 November

Christian Jennewein discusses how to improve communication within teams at different locations.

Remote
Company Culture
Collaboration
Onboarding
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Scaling Team
Reorganization
Feedback
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Christian Jennewein

Christian Jennewein

Director of Engineering at Deezer

Building a team while your company is in hyper-growth.
6 December

Christian discusses how he grew his team while his company was in hyper growth.

Reorganization
Hiring
Scaling Team
Career Path
Team processes
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Christian Jennewein

Christian Jennewein

Director of Engineering at Deezer

Transitioning to dedicated agile coaches (scrum masters)
6 December

Christian decided to transition from engineering managers (EMs) handling agile coaching to dedicated individuals for the role.

Reorganization
Scaling Team
Team processes
Hiring
Agile / Scrum
EM
Christian Jennewein

Christian Jennewein

Director of Engineering at Deezer

Adjusting Best Practices as a Company Grows
6 December

Christian decides to stop holding a weekly engineering manager’s meeting when the company expands. However, this results in managers being less able to ensure consistency throughout the engineering department.

Company Culture
Scaling Team
Team processes
Product
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Christian Jennewein

Christian Jennewein

Director of Engineering at Deezer

The Dismissal of a “Fireman Developer”
6 December

Christian lays off an unproductive developer who is popular on his team, resulting in anger among a number of the company’s engineers.

Team reaction
Firing
Company Culture
Internal Communication
Underperformance
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Christian Jennewein

Christian Jennewein

Director of Engineering at Deezer

Experience

Director Of Engineering

Deezer

Jul 2019 - current

I am working in the internal startup Content on coordinating the product development efforts. We connect Deezer users and content creators through robust ingestion, tailored display and smart data feedback. Want to work with me? This way: https://www.deezerjobs.com/en/jobs/engineering-at-deezer/

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