My name is Jeff. I have been working in tech for over 30 years as a systems integrator, software developer, and engineering leader. My superpower is helping teams align around product vision, mission, and goals. I have a ton of experience helping teams own their communication, process, and tooling. I am a trained co-active coach and lean heavily into coaching, facilitation and mentorship skills as a basis for effective engineering management.
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July 21, 2020
10:30 PM (GMT)
Partner, Engineering Practice Lead
Jan 2018 - current
Technology consultancy located in Los Angeles. Supergroup is focused on building high-performance software, product, and creative teams. We work with organizations at various stages of growth, from startup to late stage. Our clients include Playboy, Beyond Yoga, Chef Software, SourceClear, Orion, IQBusiness, and more.
Jun 2016 - May 2017
Soylent's engineering organization combined software development, data science, design (UX, IAD, UI), research, business intelligence, and traditional IT to deliver digital products and services. Collaborative, frugal, data-driven and quality obsessed, Soylent practiced Lean Product Development, XP, DevOps, and HCD, while focusing on the impact of decisions on both customers and colleagues.
Director, Engineering Development
Chef (formerly Opscode)
Jul 2014 - Jun 2016
Worked with Leadership, Engineering, Product Management, and Consulting teams to build culture, process, and tools that empowered teams to deliver great software. Coached Chef's customers to deliver quality software aligned with customer needs. Worked with engineering leaders (CIO, CTO, Digital, Engineering Managers, Product Managers, and UX leads) to get closer to customers, and reduce scope, complexity, time-to-market, and waste, while increasing the quality and value of the code shipped.
Jun 2012 - Jul 2014
Worked with Software Development, Release Management, and Gameplay teams to deliver high-quality software. As an Engineering manager, my principal responsibility was to ensure that teams worked cohesively, that engineers had a career development path and plan, and that teams understood their charter and scope. I helped teams to own process, tooling, culture and practices, allowing them to release high-quality software, continuously. I worked closely with Riot's People and Learning & Development teams to deliver training on DevOps culture, process, and tools, Agile & Lean practices, root cause analysis & problem solving, Chef, Berkshelf, Ruby, people development, and mindfulness.
Technical Services Manager
Sep 2007 - Jun 2012
Tech leader focused on delivering Red Bull’s private cloud infrastructure and core IT services. I managed a team of infrastructure and operations folks to build tech solutions for Red Bull North America, Red Bull Business Units in the Americas, Red Bull Media House, and Red Bulls digital marketing partners. Design and implement Red Bull's IT infrastructure. I brought Agile and XP practices to Red Bull's IT organization and built an early DevOps practice focused on Agile delivery and infrastructure automation.
Sr. Operations Engineer
Feb 2002 - May 2007
Responsible for Cricket's mobile messaging platforms (SMS, MMS) and mobile support. I was also responsible for most Unix/Linux systems and all Data Center system design and implementation, leading Cricket's virtualization effort.
Feb 1996 - Feb 2002
Manager, Operations Engineer, Software engineer and XP coach
Lead a small team of engineers supporting Network operations by building event parsing tools, monitoring, mapping, visualization, and reporting tools to assist in failure analysis and response. We built internal tooling to trace mobile application failure through the network, filter and correlate events, and some very early web based reporting systems.
An early Java advocate, I became Nextel's representative to the Sun MIDP working group which defined the first Java implementation on a mobile device in North America. I supported Nextel's developer community through forums, public talks, and training. On the infrastructure side I supported enterprise customers, and operations and engineering teams in resolving mobile application performance and delivery issues.
I was a frequent speaker at Sun's JavaOne conference.