Paul Sobocinski

Paul Sobocinski

Director of Engineering, Practice

As a Practice Director, Paul is responsible for elevating the technical excellence of the Software Engineering practices at Connected and beyond. He does so through coaching, writing, public speaking, and of course, coding.

Paul is currently interested in fostering professional growth through skills-based learning, with a particular focus on pair programming, test-driven development, and emergent design.

Articles

Thu May 19

  • Product Thinking,
  • Software Development

Creativity & Product Teams: Better Together Than Apart

When you think of product development, words that may come to mind are prototypes, market research, and user testing. Other words that probably surfaced are agile development, UX design, and innovation. But one that may not have made the short-list is likely: creativity. Product teams may not realize it, but they engage in creativity every single day from the approaches they take for building prototypes to figuring out ways to collect feedback accurately from users. Paul Sobocinski, our Director of Engineering, Practice shares how software product teams and creativity are better together than apart, and how to leverage the power of imagination (an aspect of creativity) during a retrospective.

Creativity & Product Teams: Better Together Than Apart

Wed Apr 6

  • Culture,
  • Product Thinking,
  • Software Development

How My Violin Teacher Made Me a Better Software Engineer

It isn't every day that the lessons 11-year old us learned would greatly impact our present-day selves. That is unless you're Paul and that lesson came from your violin teacher. That's because the lessons she taught served him well, professionally and personally, and today, he's going to share them with you.

How My Violin Teacher Made Me a Better Software Engineer

Thu Sep 16

  • Software Development

Software Estimation on a Product Team Part 4: Planning Poker Estimation

Great teams build great products, and great processes enable great teams. Our Practice Director, Engineering, Paul Sobocinski, shares his thoughts on planning poker estimation in the fourth part of his ongoing series focussed on software estimation on product development teams.

Software Estimation on a Product Team Part 4: Planning Poker Estimation

Wed Nov 25

  • Software Development

Software Estimation on a Product Team: Part 3

In part three of his series on Software Estimation, Director of Engineering, Paul Sobocinski, walks us through the origin and application of story pointing and how it can be applied to help teams build better products.

Software Estimation on a Product Team: Part 3

Tue Sep 15

  • Software Development

Software Estimation on a Product Team: Part 2

In the second article in his series on software estimation, Director of Engineering, Practice, Paul Sobocinski walks us through the four reasons why engineers should utilize the practice.

Software Estimation on a Product Team: Part 2

Thu Aug 13

  • Software Development

Software Estimation on a Product Team: Part 1

Rallying a team around clear principles is the best way of creating alignment and delivering impact. In this piece, Paul Sobocinski, gives his view on the three key principles needed for effective software estimation.

Software Estimation on a Product Team: Part 1

Thu Feb 20

  • Software Development

Four Reasons Why Software Engineering Needs More Coderetreats

Great product builders are those who are constantly honing their craft. Connected’s Paul Sobocinski, Senior Software Engineer, explains exactly why attending Coderetreats is a valuable experience for junior and senior developers alike.

Four Reasons Why Software Engineering Needs More Coderetreats

Thu Nov 7

  • Software Development

Delivering Better Products Through Intention Driven Pairing

Software Engineer Paul Sobocinski explains Intention Driven Pairing, a pair programming methodology that can help improve our software development practice combining uninterrupted focus and continuous feedback to realize the benefits of both.

Delivering Better Products Through Intention Driven Pairing