Who I am?

  • Hey, I’m Szymon, I am a software developer since 2016. I started my journey with the iOS. Mostly from my passion for audio processing. At this time I experimented with some ‘low-level’ digital sound algorithms written in C / C++ and used them in an iOS apps to have fun with audio files. Then in 2017, I found a company where I could try my best in professional projects.
  • I changed my area of interest more and more into mobile apps. I’ve become the evangelist of Apple Human Interface Guidelines in the meantime and explored a lot of programming concepts. I definitely should mention here that at that time I was a huge fan of Reactive and Functional Programming, Clean Architecture, and writing tests.
  • I also experimented quite a lot with CI infrastructure setup and other development automations. I’ve built a CI management tool where configuring an iOS-ready environment with Xcode and all needed utilities takes a few clicks. Optimizing and automating manual work became my passion which I continue to do these days…
  • Since 2020 I’m more focused on people, leadership, teams, growth… Building engaged teams that last became my new fascination. Of all the different areas I tried being a leader is the one in which I did the most mistakes. After getting inspired by great leaders I transformed myself from a manager into a leader and found my way of doing that. I love to see when the team constructs its identity and culture, and when people grow and overcome their limitations.
  • Through these years I became a rather pragmatist than a code purist. Nowadays I try to use technology as a tool that helps to solve business and users’ problems. I like to prepare code for a dynamically changing environment but not in the academic sense of ‘being prepared for everything’. I think I’m a sort of generalist / PI-shaped developer and take the extreme ownership of all I’m doing. Usually I’m trying to do what’s needed to be done, like some work from mobile, backend, analytics, dev ops, and many more. All of this is driven by the success of a team and product and their current needs.
  • I work for the same company since 2017 - AppUnite. Year after year I feel more and more excited about what we do as an organization. Our current mission is to help businesses with ineffectiveness in software development which I personally try to contribute to by helping with leadership and pragmatic technical excellence.
  • From all these topics listed above - I tried to share some of my thoughts on this blog. It’s a constant journey so please don’t judge me by the articles from the very past 😃

Books I try to follow:

  • Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits - Robert Townsend
  • Courage to be Disliked / Courage to be Happy - Ichirou Kishimi, Fumitake Koga
  • Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders - David Marquet
  • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win - Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action - Simon Sinek