Dominate your Product Roadmap with a Full Stack Engineering Culture

Nov 5, 2019 8:06:45 PM / by James Smith

Welcome to Hakkiri’s Engineering blog! At its core, Hakkiri was founded with the mission to help agile teams thrive by seamlessly creating delivery insights while teams stay focused on delivering product. 

We care deeply about Engineering cultures and plan to use this blog to share our perspectives on techniques we’ve used and learned that help cultures thrive, and teams succeed. We’ve benefited heavily from the knowledge of others and want to do our part to pay it forward. We’re kicking off our blog series by discussing a foundational part of our culture: Full Stack Engineering.

What is a Full Stack Engineering Culture?

As a growing SaaS startup everyone gets used to doing whatever it takes to get things done.  Owning work from start to finish, and front to back is key to rapid iteration and getting feedback early.  This isn’t to say that we’re not a cross functional team and that we don’t each have strengths and weaknesses in SaaS technologies.  We do, but we also have an appetite to learn new things and we’re organizationally comfortable with taking extra time now for learning, with the payoff of acceleration down the road.

Full Stack Engineering Culture asks teams and developers to own business problems and empowers them to solve them.  Full Stack Engineers create end-to-end technology solutions which can span from the database buried behind subnets and firewalls, through APIs exposed by microservices on the network, and up to widgets on screens users are interacting with.   If an engineer does not have a required skill, they are expected to learn it.  If another engineer has that skill, they are expected to teach it.  If the collective team doesn't have it, the company provides the time and support needed to acquire it.

Why should organizations embrace Full Stack Engineering?

Markets change quickly. Competitors are a constant threat. And (absolutely) yes, your people really are your greatest asset. Embracing Full Stack Engineering means embracing Learning Culture which means investing in your staff and their growth. This leads to satisfied and engaged employees who are more likely to own accountability and put in discretionary effort when needed.

Additionally, organizations that embrace Full Stack Engineering are better positioned to rise to any challenge with speed and innovation. With staff that can contribute across many disciplines they have more options with respect to the work they can take on and how they can staff it. No more skipping or delaying your top priorities until specific resources become available because you’re waiting on high demand SMEs.

Top Benefits to Organizations

  • Great for People
    • Facilitates Learning Culture - Don’t know a technology? Learn it!
    • Improves Morale - Employees want to keep growing
    • Helps Retention and Recruitment - Happy employees attract high-performers
  • Great for Performance
    • Emphasizes Bias to Action - See something, do something!
    • Eliminates Learned Helplessness - The only thing stopping you, is you
    • Simplifies Accountability - If you own it, you own it
    • Increases Organizational Flexibility - Free staff take on the next top priority
    • Decrease cross-team dependencies - Follow the work where ever it goes, no waiting on others
  • Great for the Business
    • Increases awareness of business value - Staff see the full picture, enabling better decisions
    • Customers get higher quality features faster - NPS scores go up!

How Hakkiri can help you build a Full Stack Engineering Culture

We’ve built organizations that live by this culture and can help yours embrace it as well.  As we’ve discussed above, Full Stack Culture is a win for employees and a win for organizations.  If you’d like to bring Full Stack culture to your teams, Hakkiri’s consulting services can put you on the path and guide your success.

And, if you like the sound of an empowered staff and want your teams to keep cranking on code while keeping stakeholders highly informed then Hakkiri is what you've been looking for. It provides deep insights into delivery, which enables better decisions, so your business can dominate its market.  Try out our 30-day Free Trial or request a demo today!

 

Tags: Culture, Engineering

James Smith

Written by James Smith

James Smith is a co-founder of Hakkiri. With over 20 years in technology he has been instrumental in numerous transformative initiatives as an engineer and executive. As the Senior Managing Director of Engineering at Eze Software Group, James brought 3 legacy organizations, spanning 350+ people at 7 sites around the world, together as a unified team. He guided process modernization and technology adoption to enable the business to move into the cloud. These experiences have given him deep insights into organizational change and how the culture of technology teams can impact results.