Director of Engineering at Shogun Labs. I lead a number of engineering squads that are spread across two product lines, PageBuilder and Frontend.
How big is it?
Overall engineering is around 85 people, and that includes a team of 10 engineers who support us via a staff augmentation agency.
The 75 engineering Shogies (Shogie is our moniker for Shogun employees) are roughly distributed in these roles:
My org has 40 engineers, and we’re actively hiring for 5 more backend engineers.
Where are your teammates located?
My engineering colleagues are located across 16 different time zones and 22 countries.
What does your team do? What are you responsible for?
Our teams build, test, deploy and support our entire product line. 3 squads are dedicated to our PageBuilder product, 6 squads to our Frontend product, and we have a squad each for Quality Engineering and Site Reliability Engineering.
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Celebration and gratitude come to mind for me. Beyond the regular things like all-hands, OKRs, transparent culture etc., I am very focused on celebrating all types of wins and showing gratitude. Some examples:
Beyond the regular things like all-hands, OKRs, transparent culture etc., I am very focused on celebrating all types of wins and showing gratitude.
Remote-first is the best thing to happen to software engineering since sliced bread :) It just combines all the ingredients needed for success, productivity and engagement for software engineers.
I would love for us all to get together IRL 2-4 times a year so we can reinforce the bonding through team-building activities. That’s been hard to do since the pandemic, especially since our teams are spread across 20+ countries with various travel restrictions.
Each squad has their own set of activities. At the engineering department level, we do:
At the company level, we do:
The first two (Skribble and Codenames) are most popular among our engineering squads.
Each cycle, a squad member volunteers to think of the icebreaker question and facilitate. And they ask that question during a sprint planning or another sprint cadence meeting.
Some of the fun questions are around peoples' non-professional interests like favorite movies, personal mottos, travel, favorite foods, innovations we take for granted, winning the lottery, etc.
I shared a few in an earlier section, but the ones that are top of mind are:
I am in the process of writing a long-form blog article on this topic and will share with you as soon as it is published. Here’s my top 5 go-to resources in the meanwhile:
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