Hi! I’m Hussein.
I’ve been in the software industry for 13 years. I’ve worn many hats, but I care most about building an incredible working environment where engineers are happy, productive, and constantly growing.
I am currently a Senior Software Engineering Manager at Concentric by Ginkgo.
Work I love
Scaling engineering teams
Developing engineers has been the most rewarding work I’ve done:
🪜 Read how I rebuilt our career ladder with Engineering Managers.
🧠 I care a lot about building a good interview process. I run a fantastic interview: see my interviewing tips.
🏄 I love putting together onboarding programs and am constantly thinking about the new hire experience.
🌟 Plus: leading teams, working with other leaders to define policy, mentoring junior engineers, etc.
Solving high-impact problems
I’m naturally a systems thinker and am magnetically attracted to big-ticket problems, technical or otherwise. I count rebuilding our software engineering career ladder as one example, but here are a couple of others:
🗜 DNA sequence data is huge. I created a lossy compression format 4% the size of its source file and ~28% the size of its competitor, and flew to Switzerland to present the results to the Global Alliance for Genomics & Health. Watch the talk or flip through the slides.
⏱ I dropped integration test runtimes from 55 minutes to 15 minutes by building a microservice to pool slow-to-create resources after hearing someone say “I guess I’ll raise the timeout to 20 minutes”.
⚙ Plus: more on the Projects page.
Teaching and learning
I love learning complex systems, exploring data to come up with ideas and test hypotheses, and teaching what I’ve learned.
🚀 Or maybe you’d prefer to learn the inner workings of options markets?
✍ Plus: plenty more on the Writing page.
Get in touch
I like to spend my time gaining understanding, building strategy, and getting everyone rowing in the same direction. It’s important that the work I do makes a tangible, positive difference in people’s lives.
Want to get in touch? Say hi: