Philipp Hauer's Blog

Java Ecosystem, Kotlin, Distributed Systems, Sociology of Software Development

Establishing Development Standards with Tech Talks and a Team Guide

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

Establishing Development Standards with Tech Talks and a Team Guide

Especially in bigger teams, establishing and maintaining a common standard for software development is important and challenging. At the same time, it’s crucial to involve the whole team in the creation of the standard to ensure its acceptance and high quality. In this post, I present our approach for this: The regular meeting “Tech Talk” and the team guide.

Team Manager's Toolkit for 1-on-1s

Posted on Dec 7, 2020

Team Manager's Toolkit for 1-on-1s

1-1s are the most important tool for every team manager. If done right, 1-1s can support the report to grow and to develop, to become and stay happy, motivated, and productive. However, you need a certain toolkit for 1-1s. This toolkit contains different 1-1 types, records, questions, personal notes, journey maps, and software that can be applied in practice.

More Uninterrupted Time At Work for You and Your Organization

Posted on Jul 30, 2020

More Uninterrupted Time At Work for You and Your Organization

During Corona time and short-time work, I appreciated the uninterrupted time to focus on my work at the home office. I felt productive and got things done. For the post-corona time, we can learn from this and establish practices that allow all coworkers to have longer stretches of uninterrupted time. This post is a collection of individual, organizational and cultural approaches to achieve this.

Package by Feature

Posted on Apr 21, 2020

Package by Feature

A popular approach is packaging by technical concerns. But this approach has some drawbacks. Instead, we can package by feature and create self-contained and independent packages. The result is a codebase that is easier to understand and less error-prone.

The Wall of Coding Wisdoms in Our Office

Posted on Feb 20, 2020

The Wall of Coding Wisdoms in Our Office

There are some principles in software development that I always try to keep in mind. They guide me when I’m in danger of heading in the wrong direction. That’s why I printed those principles and hung them on a wall in our office. In this post, I share this subjective set of quotes with you. There is also a PDF for download available.

Improving Feedback Flows in Organizations with 'Complete Peer Feedback'

Posted on Feb 5, 2020

Improving Feedback Flows in Organizations with 'Complete Peer Feedback'

Traditional hierarchy-based feedback flows are limited as they don’t consider the useful feedback of peers. To improve this, I suggest a “Complete Peer Feedback” session: All team members come together and share their appreciation and growth potential for their peers. In this post, I present our experiences with this approach, why we are enthusiastic about it and how you can adopt it.

Effective Staff Appraisals with Employee Journey Maps

Posted on Nov 19, 2019

Effective Staff Appraisals with Employee Journey Maps

Employee journey maps are a tool for preparing and structuring staff appraisals. They trigger reflection processes and reveal the employee’s motivation. Moreover, they can lead to interesting insights as they compare the different perceptions of the participants. And the best is: You only need two sheets of paper and a pencil.

Don't Put Fat Jars in Docker Images

Posted on Oct 14, 2019

Don't Put Fat Jars in Docker Images

Putting a fat jar into a Docker container is a waste of storage, bandwidth and time. Fortunately, we can leverage Docker’s image layering and registry caching to create incremental builds and very small artifacts. For instance, we could reduce the effective size of new artifacts from 75 MB to only one MB! And the best is that there is a plugin for Maven and Gradle handling everything for us.