Episode 20 with Pat Kua

Episode # 20| 2020-10-28

Decide Closest to the Action

Pat Kua is our guest for this episode. He will share his thoughts on the pattern “Decide Closest to the Action” from the Cloud Native Patterns repository (https://www.cnpatterns.org/organization-culture/decide-closest-to-the-action). We will discuss technical leadership and management. What that means for a technical management role, and what are the pitfalls, and how to create a healthy environment.

Pat recommends “Thinking in System” by Donella Meadows.

Patrick Kua (@patkua) is a seasoned technology leader with almost 20 years of experience. His personal passion is accelerating the growth and success of tech organisations and technical leaders. He has had many years of hands-on experience, leading, managing and improving complex organisations and software systems as the CTO and Chief Scientist of N26 (Berlin, Germany) and as a Technical Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks. He is a frequent keynote and conference speaker, author of three books including The Retrospective Handbook, Talking with Tech Leads and Building Evolutionary Architectures and runs the free popular newsletter for leaders in tech, “Level Up” (http://levelup.patkua.com) and the Tech Lead Academy, offering online training for technical leaders. You can find him online on twitter as @patkua or running his very popular “Shortcut to Tech Leadership” workshop.

Pat Kua (@patkua)
Decide Closest to the Action
Heuristic Source
Cloud Native Patterns


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