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Profile: Andy Crum
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is currently a senior engineering manager at Beam Dental.
Prior to this role, he has been the
Director of Engineering
Andy has shown his appreciation with a clap for an article in Medium with the title, "
Creating a Great Engineering Culture
Amidst Incredible Growth."
The article was
written by an engineering manager
The article focuses on the perspective that despite the difficulty of d
eveloping an exemplary engineering culture
in a dynamic startup environment, striving for an ideal environment is highly beneficial.
The article further describes the attributes of an
ideal engineering culture
It then states the
actual action steps
that the Beam engineering team has done to build a great culture.
action steps that have been put in place include team members having
full ownership of the work
, increase in autonomy on project ownership, establishing an open-source policy, and advocating continuous learning.
The article also mentioned
challenges of the engineering organization
These challenges revolve around
team visibility and collaboration
, multi-location app support, and handling a developing team amidst expanding work.
In his role as the
previous Director of Engineering
at Quartzy, Andy mentioned that the usability testing cycle on the company's well-designed and user-friendly laboratory research platform was the "
most ambitious project
" that his team has worked on.
Given that he retweeted the post, Andy seems to agree with the message of this metaphorical statement: "If you’re a
web designer/front-end developer
, it may help to think of the fan on your laptop as a shaming rather than a cooling device."
He also reposted an article on his Twitter account that focuses on
addressing the technical debt
within an organization for them to deliver work faster and with fewer issues.