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Christian Jennewein

Christian Jennewein

Director of Engineering at Deezer

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My next available slot is

  • Tuesday 14th Dec3:30 PM (GMT)

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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. Unfortunately I only stayed for one year in the US, mid-2019 I moved back to Europe to join music streaming service Deezer, where I am co-leading the Content startup (a department of 30 people centered around music ingestion, catalog quality, usage reporting to right holders and providing data experiences to music professionals as well as end users). I am a passionate and lead through consent and by example, and am not a big fan of the word manager. I am a huge fan of BlaBlaCar's company value from 2014, Fun & Serious, which describes my personality and style rather well. 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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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.

Changing Company
Career Path
Engineering
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
Deadlines
Collaboration
Roadmap
Agile / Scrum
Engineering
Improving Collaboration Within Remote Teams

21 November

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

Scaling Team
Remote
Company Culture
Collaboration
Feedback
Onboarding
Reorganization
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Engineering
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.

Scaling Team
Reorganization
Hiring
Team Processes
Career Path
Engineering
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.

Scaling Team
Reorganization
Hiring
Team Processes
Agile / Scrum
Engineering
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.

Product
Scaling Team
Company Culture
Team Processes
Engineering
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.

Company Culture
Firing
Internal Communication
Team Reaction
Performance
Engineering
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