Plato mentor - Engineering Leadership
Jan 2017 - current
Plato (www.platohq.com) is a network of great Engineering Leaders to find your perfect mentor for your management/leadership challenges.
VP of engineering
Nov 2015 - current
When I first joined Doctolib three years ago, the company consisted of roughly one hundred people, and the tech team was made up of four.
The two founders, and former CTOs, where looking for someone to scale the team, which is where I came in.
In the beginning, as VP of engineering I worked on many different jobs, such as:
\- setting up a new data center while ensuring the ability to switch from one to another in less than ten minutes
\- hiring the first developers, product owners, engineering managers, followed by scaling the hiring process and then finding and coaching an HR team to do the same
\- establishing a mindset of continuous improvement throughout all aspects of work
\- defining a crisis process
\- setting up processes such as bug management, technical debt, project tracking, continuous integration, etc.
As it stands, Doctolib has currently seven hundred employees, 120 of which belong to the Tech and Product team.
I am now responsible for keeping the teams' organization on track, as well as monitoring and reporting on projects.
My focus is currently on development as we delegate product to a CPO and the run to a VP of IT Operations.
The level of growth and scaling Doctolib has seen has only been made possible by an exemplary team of engineering managers hired from across rather diverse horizons and backgrounds such as: Amazon, Google, Bloomberg, Octo Technology, etc.
From this experience it is clear that beyond specific skills, the most efficient way to scale a team quickly is to be adaptive. Every tool, process, and methodology will work for a certain period of time but the key factor to success is to build a team with a mindset that values and seeks out continuous improvement, making the right changes at the right time.
Sep 2013 - Oct 2015
I took charge of a core team of backend developers with the goal to transform it into an autonomous product team. Now we have our own product line: Find & Connect. We are in charge of multiple critical features like People You May Know, Direct Contact Request, Let’s meet, etc.
Both, the product owner and myself, worked hard to adopt the lean startup approach: how to validate our hypothesis from our final users at minimal cost.
• Find the right profiles to build a complementary team
• Work hand-to-hand with the product to find the best way to develop their ideas
• Help team members become full stack developers by doing cross TDD training between Front/Back on Node.js, peer programming on scripts with our ops, etc.
• Develop a culture of ownership for each team member on every part of the code
• Manage the technical debt by maintaining a backlog of technical improvements and incorporate them in the roadmap
Oct 2012 - May 2013
As a coach I helped the IT department (80 people) in a 1-year transition to a full agile company.
• Perform product teams agile transformation (PO + Developers)
• Manage strong continuous improvement in the agile process
• Evangelize development best practices
• Train development teams to TDD
• Train Product Owners to Agile project management
• Manage and organize knowledge sharing meetup
Keywords: Agile, Kanban, enterprise agile transformation, team coaching
Software architect - Technical Leader - Agile Coach
Jul 2011 - Sep 2012
We built a new platform for pilots and flight attendants to simplify the flight report workflow. Included an iPad application, a REST API and the company’s BPM software.
Support of development teams about architecture and iterative development.
In charge of the testing strategy (unit, integration and functional)
Implementation of the software factory (build, functional tests, deployment)
Keywords: Java, Vaadin, Spring, Hibernate, Activiti, Camel
SKILLSTAR- MANGAS GAMING
Mar 2011 - Jun 2011
I had the chance to join a team of experts in Rails and learn this framework in a startup-oriented environment.
Software architect - Agile coach - Tech Lead
May 2010 - Jun 2013
As a consultant I have been a software architect, technical leader and agile coach - in the media and web division of OCTO for various clients.
Not only was I responsible for setting up software factories and making developers write unit tests, code, etc., but my roles and responsibilities involved extensive innovation, technical expertise and also personalized coaching to help developers structure their activities and maintain their motivation.
Sep 2009 - Apr 2010
I had to set up and manage a team in charge of rebuilding the homepage. The goals were to improve response time, SEO and time to market.
• Support of the development team about agile practices and development practices (TDD, continuous integration)
• Support of Product Owner about specification and prioritization
Keywords: J2EE, Spring, Hibernate, Maven, GreenPepper