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Hal Eisen

Hal Eisen

VP of Engineering at VeriSIM Life

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Seniority

15 Years

Hierarchy

Executive

Management Experience

Collaboration
Remote
Building a Team
Team processes

I hope you're all having a fabulous day! I recently started as VP of Engineering at VeriSIM Life. I've been responsible for full-stack dev teams working in Java and Python, as well as QA and sysadmin functions. I'm excited to help folks grow by sharing my experiences from 20 years in Silicon Valley.

Hey, I'm available every Thursday at 3:30 AM (GMT)

Next time slot available
  October 8, 2020
  3:30 AM (GMT)

Stories

Identifying engineering talent in unusual places
5 December

Hal reminds us how important it is to stay open-minded when assessing engineering candidates.

Hiring
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Career Path
Onboarding
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Hal Eisen

Hal Eisen

VP of Engineering at VeriSIM Life

How to Reach Team Consensus
28 November

Hal stays ahead of the game by foreseeing a challenge and engaging his team in some major decision-making.

Ownership
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
Productivity
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
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Hal Eisen

Hal Eisen

VP of Engineering at VeriSIM Life

My supervisor instructed me to fire someone on my first day in the job
28 November

What would you do if on your first day of a job, your supervisor instructed you to fire someone in the company? Read on to hear Hal’s solution to this nightmare situation.

Underperformance
Firing
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
Toxic atmospheres
Changing company
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Hal Eisen

Hal Eisen

VP of Engineering at VeriSIM Life

Contractors: Know When to Hold ‘Em, Know When to Fold ‘Em
28 November

Hal shares his solution to inheriting an over-worked, low-performing, and unsatisfied team. The process involved making some very tough decisions, but ultimately resulted in a productive, engaged team - and a happy customer to boot!

Building a Team
Productivity
Reorganization
Salary / Work Conditions
Hiring
EM
Hal Eisen

Hal Eisen

VP of Engineering at VeriSIM Life

Experience

VP of Engineering

VeriSIM Life

Jan 2019 - current

Software QA Manager

Orion Multisystems

Jan 2005 - Jan 2006

Managed team of software QA engineers. Designed testing procedures and policies. Hired technical personel. Created and maintained project plans and Gantt charts. Planned program and project budgets.

Owner

Built On Linux

Nov 2003 - May 2007

Linux consulting. Built and maintained a variety of servers. Performed all sales and marketing functions. Acted as "IT Director" for a small political 527 non-profit.

Software Tools Manager

Transmeta Corp

Nov 2000 - Jul 2002

Responsible for managing the efforts of as many as six individual contributors on several simultaneous projects. Designed and architected software products. Enforced software development process. Wrote documentation, both for users and developers. Tracked progress using MS Project. Assisted in budget process and in setting group priorities.

Software Engineering Manager

Brightmail Inc

Apr 1998 - Nov 2000

Managed team of software engineers, developing a 24/7 operations center focused on stopping spam (unwanted email). Mentored developers in their craft. Scheduled all tasks and projects. Architected and designed software system with Oracle database.

Sailing Instructor

OCSC Sailing

Jan 1997 - Jan 2008

\* Teaching sailing in the classroom, including navigation \* Teach sailing on the water, including tacking, gybing, reefing, and heaving-to, and how to safely and quickly rescue a person overboard

Senior Systems Administrator

Ellsworth Associates (National Weather Service)

May 1994 - Dec 1996

Guided team of over a dozen people in administering 200+ Unix workstations with 500+ users. Assisted users on all levels of accessing the workstations, local network and internet. Provided remote support for other branches of the Weather Service. Advised on equipment purchases totaling over $500,000.

Software Support Specialist

Empress Software

Oct 1991 - Apr 1994

Staffed national technical support telephone hotline. Consulted extensively at customer sites, including the Navy's Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center and Fairchild Space and Defense. Responsible for creation of C and FORTRAN database API's, software architecture design, database design, utility development, and SQL script creation and maintenance. Taught classes to customers, both at remote sites and in the local office. Classes ranged over the entire spectrum from introductory to advanced 4GL programming, database design, and optimization.

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