StackPod: Jujhar Singh of Thoughtworks on Why Technology Is Always About People 

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A few episodes ago, we talked with fellow podcaster and tech evangelist Dotan Horovits. During that episode, Dotan shared that he wrote a blog post with Jujhar Singh called “How Much Observability Is Enough?” which is definitely a recommended read if you’re implementing observability and feeling overwhelmed. After reading this article, we were eager to invite Jujhar to the StackPod as well, to dive into this topic a bit more. How can you empower your DevOps, SRE and - more broadly speaking - software engineering teams in such a way that they are happy in their jobs and are the most productive?

With his vast experience, Jujhar is a great person to talk to about this topic. He has worked in tech since he was very young, and, by his mid-twenties, he was already an IT manager. After a while, he decided to take a pay cut because he wanted to be in software engineering instead of management, which was, as Jujhar says, “the best decision I ever made, man.” Juhjar specifically liked the creativity that software engineering brings.

In his previous job, he was global head of DevOps at The Economist and currently, Jujhar is a lead consultant at Thoughtworks: a leading global technology consultancy firm. At Thoughtworks, he has the chance to work alongside some of the brightest minds in software, such as the writers of his favorite software book, “Accelerate: The Science of DevOps.” As a lead consultant, Jujhar specializes in DevOps and infrastructure. He guides large enterprises who are looking to improve their practices in these areas. Empowering engineering teams and making their lives easier is a crucial prerequisite to do so. 

In the episode, Jujhar and Anthony discuss:

  • Why tech is always about the people and not so much about the technology

  • How you enable engineering teams and prevent cognitive overload 

  • Why platform teams can be an answer to cognitive overload

  • Why diversity is crucial for successful working environments

And much more. 

The cognitive load that you have to have to deliver systems now is... - I don't have a number, but I'm just going to make one up -  10 times what it used to be 20 years ago, when I started. [...] I jokingly call myself a ⅔ full stack developer now.

  • Jujhar Singh, lead consultant at Thoughtworks

We were thrilled to have Jujhar as a guest and we can’t recommend listening to the podcast enough - especially if you’re dealing with cognitive overload and experiencing difficulties empowering your team. You can find the episode here.


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