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About me

My name is Csaba Okrona. I’m currently and engineering manager at Contentful, leading one of the infrastructure teams. I used to be an engineering manager at Prezi before. I currently live in Berlin - see my LinkedIn profile for more.

I’m a seasoned and business savvy engineer manager.

Always thinking about new ways of growing engineers, improving the business, the teams and the processes.

Specialties: Team & peer coaching, management.

Being an IT executive has completely reaved, ruined and shaken my life. I can never be thankful enough for that.

The past:

A full stack web engineer with 13+ years of experience. Keen on performance optimization of online services, scalability and architecure.

Programming languages: python (django), scala, clojure, go, rust (past-past: PHP, ruby, rails, erlang)

I have been managing software engineers in the last 5 years

I believe:

  • that beliefs should be subject to revision
  • in growth mindset vs. innate talent
  • in the notion of ownership
  • in roles vs. status and position
  • that old guards and new guards can be friends (http://randsinrepose.com/archives/the-old-guard/)
  • in lean and agile – the principles, that is, not necessarily the implementations
  • in empowering people
  • that communication and culture in and between teams make or break a business
  • that the ‘people first’ approach wins in the long run
  • in openness and transparency on all possible levels
  • in ‘consult’ and ‘sell’ vs. ‘tell’
  • that one of the greatest joys for engineering leads is to see their engineers grow both professionally and soft-skill-wise
  • in hiring for potential vs. hiring for knowledge
  • that soft skills should be filtered for during the hiring process with great focus
  • that change is not only necessary but also good – though only if it’s conscious
  • that aiming for clarity gets you 80% there in communication
Me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ochronus/