my name is Sebastian. I have been working as a software engineer in Berlin for a long time. Recently, my family and I moved to Shanghai, China, where I work as a Principal Software Engineer.
🙋🏼♂️ I am a conscientious and very well structured working person. Friends and colleagues tell me that they appreciate my calm demeanor - even in stressful situations - and that this spreads over to the people I am working with. I am a very good listener and am able to bring structure into chaos.
🌍 My whole professional life I worked with people around the world. I enjoy being in international environments. Diversity and different perspectives in a team are crucial for success. I can learn from a diverse set of people every day.
👨🏼💻 As a software engineer I have an eye for detail when it is necessary but also recognize the right moment to be pragmatic and move ahead. As a Tech Lead, Staff or Principal Engineer I believe that giving people trust to take the right decisions and ownership of what they build is the key factor to success. Failure is not a flaw but part of how we work. Learn from it and move on. I strive for transparency and autonomy within teams.
👨🏼🎓 I relish learning new technologies and approaches as long as I see a deeper reason behind learning them. I believe that agile methodologies done right are a recipe for success and fun. I like learning about personal development and how people behave as individuals and in groups. Head over to my reading list if you want to find out which books I am going through at the moment. If you are interested you can find details of my professional experience and education as well.
👨🏼🔧 I like to repair and tinker to understand how things work and to do something good to the environment.
On my blog I write about three major topics:
- My experiences as a Software Engineer and Tech Lead: I share details about working in the software business, leading, growing teams and glueing them together, as well as mentoring and sponsoring people.
- Working and living in China: My family and I moved to Shanghai, China, in March 2023. Months before I started working for the Shanghai team remotely from Germany before I joined them physically. I share cultural differences and lessons learned while living here.
- Agile principles: I am a firm believer of agile principles. Hence, I share some basics and my experiences in this field.