Exploring Leadership Interviews

For the past year I have been reaching out to individuals in technology leadership positions. For someone like myself to get a leadership position. I need to interview individuals that have a role which I might inspire to have one day.

Interview 1

Fora  Technology Leader’s what challenges do you see in the work environment?

  • Change Management
  • Alignment projects
  • Specialization of matrix
    • QA
    • Solution reliability
    • Data integrations
  • Forming, storming, performing, norming
  • Change out of control. Change we can control. Time to do things in particular way.
  • Bring alignment to answer questions
  • Timing.

Evolution of change and new roles.

  • New working agreements
  • Bring clarity to teammates
  • Allocation and establishment.

What does success look like for the roles of Software Leader?

  • Working through challenges
  • Bring along teammates
  • Create the culture we want in solution delivery
    • Give people a pathway and lead them that way.
  • Eliminate Silos because of specialization
    • Always be a project that needs other resources.
    • Customer, team mates or solution need.

How is this different from previous role?

  • Approach project with multiple projects.
  • Diverse projects.
    • Ask on project management
  • Technical leadership role
    • Make a technical call when needed.
    • Know business value of the team.
    • Understanding all the technical capabilities.
    • Know standards

What does alignment look like with Solution Enablement and Solutions Reliability & Quality.

  • Mixed bag
  • Technology consistent approach of projects.
    • How can we get things done for all
    • Trust to work in a project
  • Guidance
  • Consistent
  • Measure reliability
  • Create framework and alignment.

What challenges or opportunities do you see with alignment with Architecture and Solution roles.  

  • Challenges of consistent
  • sustainability across of solutions
  • responsibilities of these roles
  • day of in a life
  • more focus on direction of reliability
  • direction of solution
    • what does someone need to solve for?
  • Project alignments with teams.
  • Collocated with a team.

Interview 2

What do you value in leadership?

  • Authentication
  • Leads by example
  • Leads by how I feel
  • Call it what is but have optimistic feeling.
  • People First
  • Adaptability
  • Relationship Building
  • Calculated risks
  • Following rules vs intent of rules

What qualities do you look for in alignment with other leaders?

  • Align to
  • Who are you open too
  • Getting things done
  • Great good of getting something done
  • Agreeing what is most important.
  • Transparent and open about a reason. The ask.

Based on leadership roles you have had, say 30 days to a year later, what would you have changed in terms of expectation vs reality?

  • People on own island
  • Create opportunity
  • Schedule ideas to connect
  • Lonely spot until other peers.

What is Solution Reliability?

  • Monitoring challenges
  • Strong focus for reliability
  • Go out of our way
  • Who do I talk to, who owns this

 Interview 3

What do you value in leadership?

  • Values (honesty & integrity)
  • Judgment
    • Trust their judgment when you are no there
  • Watch people to coach teammates
  • Strong culture in team
    • Diversity
  • I don’t want coaching to be dramatic
    • Realtime feedback
    • Watch intently
    • Conversations are effective
    • Seeing and doing something

For Technology Leader’s what challenges do you see in our new environment?

  • New job, leader, lead dev,
  • Most of everyone has new team
  • time
  • prioritized of enablement
  • ppm tool
  • work coming at all angles
  • work at organization
  • work with constituently.

What does success look like for the roles of Solutions Enablement and Solutions Reliability & Quality.

  • Learning
  • Create people, great project and great technical
    • Can a person hire
  • Business features
  • Education and advocacy

My follow-up to all these is what challenges or opportunities do you see with alignment with Architecture and Solution roles.  

  • Real clear what the role
  • Enablement alignment


Hunger to learn, gain experience relationships, pulled into facilitation, cross function team relationship, taking off job interview, never know, deeply caring about people, thank,

Get a high from this, what makes you have it. Make people feel better and see potential.

Find joy

Interview 4

What do you value in leadership?

  • #1 trust & empathy
  • Create those synergy
  • Can you overachieve
  • Capability to connect
  • Understand
  • I should feel comfortable to ask him about work
  • Empathy: understand and work (emotional intelligence)
  • Create more leadership
  • Honesty and trusty
  • Connecting leadership
  • Having a conversation now to find a cadence?
  • Want to coach and mentor?
  • Transform things
    • Cadence

What qualities do you look for in alignment with other leaders?

  • Have to spend some time.
  • Tour of meeting people
  • My background, what I like to do,
  • Communication with purpose

Based on leadership roles you have had, say 30 days to a year later, what would you have changed in terms of expectation vs reality?

  • Look at Business at current state
  • Pain points
  • Realized risk is how things go through
  • People and culture
  • Change

Interview 5

Preparing for a interview

  • Biggest overall plan
  • Experience and Project Team
  • Plan written out
    • 30
    • 60
    • 90

What do you value in Leadership?

  • Let team make decisions
    • Opinion on how to get buy in
    • Trust people with skills
    • Command control of
      • Leader should not get in there way
      • Reason to get there
      • Check with this
  • let people, make a decision

Interview 6

What do you value in leadership?

  • Authentic
  • Servant Leadership
  • Healthy (productivity vs toxic)
  • Trust vs Performance
    • Loss when something is down
  • Craftsmanship
  • Good Cause
  • Safe at work
  • Let’s other shine

What do qualities do you look for in alignment with other leaders?

  • Treating others
  • Assume good intent
  • Give credit where credit is due.
  • Recognize the good
  • Servant
  • Seeking excellence
  • Building connections in how they working.

What are your challenges as a leader?

  •  Going first in a sign of leadership
    • Inhibits others
    • Speak loudest
  • Is how to differentiate between employees?
  • Competition
    • Can destroy

High performing teams

  • Your awards have to match your actions?
  • Does merit match award?
  • Wanting the same for each

How to Stay motivate

  • Does everyone have what they need
  • Celebrate
  • Selfless
  • Growing and engage
  • Doe the people you lead happy

Interview 7

What do you value in leadership?

  • Relationship and Trust
  • Amazing how talented people
  • Open honest
  • Learn from each other
  • Ability to be in more conversations
  • Working for more people
  • Find more opportunity
  • How can they
  • What do they want or open and transparent
  • Team Success and associations
  • What can help guide them too
  • Perception is important
  • Leadership to emulate
  • Authenticate
    • Perception
    • First to talk
    • Accountability is team in general

What qualities do you look for in alignment with other leaders?

  • Trust and honest
  • Open to disagreement and direction
  • Diversity in thought
  • Relationship to understand where someone
  • When someone doesn’t say anything and silently disagree
    • Looking for body language
    • Personalize to someone

What are your challenges as a leader?

  • Alignment
    • Brand new to season leader
    • Education
    • Strategic aspect
    • Position ourself to future
    • Everything is a guess
  • Evolvement
  • Does a person have to prove themselves?
  • Everyone has own scale of how agile and predict how a person can adapt to it.
  • Custom solution to out of the box
  • Virtually seeing people

Interview 8

What do you value in leadership?

  • Leader is another role and responsibility.
  • Humility
  • Courage
  • Collaboration
  • People are being taken care of opportunities  pursue people to inspire professional

What qualities do you look for in alignment with other leaders?

  • Prefer work with people when you manage.
  • Limits a person possibility
  • What can Ilearn
  • Diverse skill sets
  • Take initiative
  • Integrity
  • Work hard and get things done
  • Afraid to try 

Based on how you started atFCSAmerica, say 30 days, what would you have changed?

  • Support to figure out App Dev
  • Schedules meetings networking/relationships
  • Need to find way

A follow up to the question about What are your challenges as a leader in our new environment?

  • Challenges what to stop to keep priorities of organization
  • Not burning teammates
  • Culture hit on what
  • Business owner manage expectations
  • Stay innovated

Learn Swift Omaha November Meetup

I attended on Kotlin Multiplatform on iOS. The purpose of the discussion was to talk about how to interact with KMP on iOS and the current state of KMP on iOS. Here is the link to the


There was a discussion on what this really is in regards to Android and iOS. A sample was created to show the project in Android Studio that builds the plumbing to work on different devices.

2019 Android Dev Summit Day 2

Day 2

The day started with checking out the codelabs.

Jetpack Compose Codelab

Lightning Talks Round 1

Managing Companion Devices

What’s New in C++/Native Support in Android Studio

Advanced Haptics: The When, What, and How of New Haptic APIs

Adopt Wide Color Gamut

Turning the Page: Migrating to ViewPager2

Platform Android Studio and Tooling

Secure Your Data – Deep Dive into Encryption and Security

Jon Markoff, Nicole Borrelli

Strategies for data encryption on Android using Jetpack Security. The key takeaways include: learn to encrypt data safely on device and use the AndroidKeyStore.

Outline the challenges with data-at-rest encryption.

Best practices for data encryption and key management.

Deep dive into why and how Jetpack Security library was built.

Jetpack security Library

Hardware backed means it runs a separate memory space.


  • AndroidX Library
  • Recoverable errors


An opinionated guide to Dependency Injection on Android

Manuel Vivo, Daniel Santiago Rivera

Dagger has become the recommended way to do Dependency Injection on Android. However, there are many ways to use Dagger! Come hear why we recommend Dagger, the best practices including recommended setup in multi-module projects, and what plans we have to improve Dagger in Android so that you can create a solid, extensible solution for managing dependencies in your app that scales to large projects.


How The Android Team Makes Widgets Accessible

Shailen Tuli, Qasid Sadiq, Lyla Fujiwara

In this intermediate level talk, we cover accessibility using real world examples. You’ll find out about accessibility in framework and androidX code, and learn about support for accessibility in Android widgets. Along the way, you’ll discover good patterns that can make your UIs shine for accessibility/

Accessibility Service


ViewPager : Flip through

Logical Direction vs Direction

Testing for accessibility

Testing Code lab

End to end Tests

Integration Tests

Unit Tests

Android Studio: Debugging Tips n’ Tricks

David Herman, Justin Nieto

Level up your debugging skills! We all spend so much time in the debugger, and this session teaches you about some of the powerful debugging features available in Android Studio. This talk should appeal to all, from beginners to experts and everybody in between. No matter your level, you’ll take away something to help you chase bugs more effectively using Android Studio.

Java❤️ Kotlin, Happy Together 🎵

Murat Yener, Nicole Borrelli, Wenbo Zhu

Kotlin is awesome and you want to write all your code in it, but what about the thousands of lines of code already written in the Java programming language? Or, maybe you have a library or project that is written in Java and already has been used in so many Kotlin or Java projects.

In this talk, we will look at the best practices for writing Kotlin and Java code that works so seamlessly from the other that the only way to what language it is written in is to look at the source code.

Understanding Compose

Leland Richardson

This session covers the benefits of a declarative reactive UI system like Jetpack Compose and how it applies to real problems that Android developers have today. Additionally, this talk expands on the programming model of Jetpack Compose and some of its implementation details that help you understand how Compose works.

Permissions on Android

Sara N-Marandi, Philip Moltmann

Permissions provide the means for apps to communicate to their users why they need access to the user’s private data. In Android, we want to provide users control and transparency over their data, and have made a number of changes in Android 10 that bring greater restrictions to what data apps can access. We will review the changes in Android 10 and introduce new concepts we have been working on for future releases.

Only 18% of users allow every permission on their device.

Grant a specific feature that requires this permission.

Users share less.

Request the minimum permissions that a feature needs.

Request permissions in context for the use case.

Permissions by libraries

Minimize use of location, especially background location.

Testing Coroutines on Android

Manuel Vivo, Sean McQuillan

Coroutines simplify the way we do async programming on Android. However, testing async code has never been an easy task. In this talk, we show you how to master test asynchronicity with coroutines to get that precious green check ✔️. Which questions do you have to ask yourself before writing a line of test code? How can you test coroutines that use Dispatchers.Main? What if you want to control the timing of your events? Why shouldn’t you use Dispatchers.Unconfined? Come and learn how to test coroutines like a pro.

Android UI Coroutines First

Updated Documentation coming

Always inject dispatchers

Fast, Reliable, isolated

2019 Android Dev Summit Day 1

Back in October,  I attend the in Sunnyvale, California.

The conference was at Google Cloud where they give Live Demo’s, Android Previews in code labs, and stream everything on Youtube.

Here are my notes:

Android Keynote

  • Kotlin Certification code
  • I received this in a email later on.

What’s New in Jetpack Compose

Adam Powell, Clara Bayarri, Romain Guy

Jetpack Compose was announced at Google I/O and the team has been hard at work ever since. This talk introduces Compose to new audiences, including what the project is and how it is taking shape. The talk also updates people who already know about Jetpack Compose, including how the project has evolved.

Kotlin First


@composable Functions

Built in Components

Material Components

  • Same terminology to outline
  • Showed built-in Android Studio Emulator


Event Handlers don’t leak mutability.

Event Handlers

flow down.

Composable code is Dense?

Statement Management over time

Stay away from overloads

Standardize on Coroutines

Type Safety is Nice

Layering is a pretty great idea

What’s New with CameraX

Caren Chang, Xi Zhang

Learn what is new with CameraX since its alpha launch at Google I/O this year, and learn from teams at Google that have been using CameraX in their apps.

December 2019

What’s New in Android Studio

Tor Norbye, Jamal Eason

In this session, we provide updates and demos on new developments and features in Android Studio and how the tools can integrate into your app development workflow.

Builds Speeds

Come in 4.0

  • Profiler for builds
  • Kotlin gradle
  • Progaurd files
  • @composable attribute
  • Emulator embedded in IDE
  • Layout Inspector
  • 3D full stack
  • Click and Swipe Handlers
  • Material Clip icons
  • LiveTempalte setings
  • Log functions shows all parameter’s


WorkManager: Beyond the Basics

Rahul Ravikumar, Sumir Kataria

Learn more about WorkManager, the Jetpack library for background processing. This talk introduces intermediate and advanced concepts to address common questions, gotchas, and issues you might see when you deploy to a large ecosystem of users and devices.


Migrating to AndroidX: The Time Is Right

Nick Anthony, Tiem Song

Let’s take a deep dive into the reality of migrating to AndroidX! This talk provides the rationale to migrate soon, sets expectations appropriately, and recommends a process for executing the migration as smoothly as possible.

Upgrade to support library 28

Enable Jetifier

Updated dependencies

Use Studio to Migrate to AndroidX.


Dan Lew on Github

Alpha vs. Stable

Google Play Billing: The “Purchase Anywhere” Paradigm Shift

Oscar Rodriguez

In the past few years, we have introduced new features into Google Play, that enable users to discover and purchase items and subscriptions in many new ways, from inside and outside the app.

Developers who have adopted these changes in their apps have seen improvements in user experience, and with it, substantial growth in revenue. However, integrating these features into an app or game requires a fundamental change in which you think about how purchases are made and consumed.

This session takes a deep dive into designing for Purchase Anywhere. We will talk about promotions, subscribe-and-install, cash purchases and pending transactions, and remote purchase approvals. All app and game developers using Google Play Billing are welcome to attend.

Subscriptions: RTDN

Create a Promo Code

Purchases are done outside app

Gift Cards

Coming Cash purchases

AIDL is deprecated.

Other Perks

I was able to try the two mobile applications I have developed professional on a Android Foldable phone a Chrome Notebook.

Android for Cars

20 Years working at Farm Credit Services of America

Today May 15, is the day of achieving 20 years of employment with  Farm Credit Services of America.  I feel I have built an impressive legacy of service over those 20 years.

There is no doubt, I have witnessed and been a part of many changes.  I have many stories and experiences I can share over that time.

Here is a picture of the First Application Development Team at Farm Credit Services of America. This was taken on Friday May 19th of my first week of work outside of Cascio’s Steak House.  I was also on my first team outing.


2020 Spring UNO Coffee & Careers

In early May of 2020 I was contacted by Joe Hayes to be a guest on Coffee & Careers.  

The focus would be careers in technology. A day in the life of developer, What are the different types of roles in the field? What is the needed or desired skill sets in technology.  How a student can stand out and shine?

Here is a link to the YouTube video. If you use a podcast platform like Spotify. The video will show up on the  Coffee & Career too.

On a final note. We did the video using Zoom technology. The one story not on video was our discussion on life. We talked because we are self quarantine working from home. How we are allowing others to see our personal life more. That we are seeing each families and of course why I am in a Sauna.


2020 Spring UNO Professional Sales Resume Reviews

This afternoon I attended the University of Nebraska-Omaha Professional Sales Resume Reviews. The College of Business Career Center was partnering with the Marketing level 3100 Professional Sale course taught by Ann Herman . The goal of the day was to provide students with resume critiques from employers.


I was part of multiple sessions were I was able to connect in the students in the classroom.  I was placed at a table with a group. I went one by one through each person resume.  I provided feedback about my professional career. I firmly believe the students appreciated the feedback.

2019 FALL UNO Advanced Systems Analysis and Design

In Early Fall of 2019 I reached out to Dr. George Royce wondering if there is a slot in September for a class room visit if possible.

The class Agile project management was canceled due to low number of students. I was offered to be a  guest lecture on Agile Systems Analysis and Design.

After going back in forth via email and video conference calls. I agreed to speak about my approach to agile systems analysis and design works is done on my particular team at Farm Credit. 

The official name of the class was Advanced Systems Analysis and Design. On October 8th starting at 10:30 AM in PKI room 260 I gave a presentation. I used the white board to discuss topics and concerns of systems being used on a daily basis.


The following day I received this email from Dr. Royce.


2019 FALL UNO MISSO Meeting

The Management Information Systems Student Organization (MISSO) is a student group at University of Nebraska-Omaha. MISSO has a general meeting once a month, usually featuring a guest speaker. This past Friday September 13th. Myself and Joni Stewart  were the guest speakers at the September meeting. I also wanted this spot because of talking about Internships and Technology Works here event.

I had set up this visit in early August by emailing the Professor Dr. Paul Van Vliet.



The MISSO group does a good job of advertising the meeting.  About a month before the meeting I was asked for a topic. The topic I wanted to talk about was UX in my development process. Here is the abstract:

This month our guest speaker will be Anthony Carlson, a UNO graduate and lead application developer with Farm Credit Services of America. His software journey has been through various forms of service-oriented architecture for client and web applications. As a member of the first team at Farm Credit Services to use an agile methodology for software development, Anthony helped champion practices such as test-driven development and service-level testing. Currently, he is part of the Customer Solutions team where his focus is on iOS, Android, and responsive platforms.

Anthony’s talk is entitled

“How do I include UX in my development process?” How do we know if our software efforts are on the right track? Finding the answers to these questions doesn’t need to be scary, your users want to tell you everything you need to know to be successful. Anthony Carlson Lead Application Developer will explain how to build simple UX practices into any software development processes. Learn real world examples on how to effectively engage your customers and development team with UX basics, when to apply them and how to plan for them.

They take my topic and make a nice graphic to be shared on social media.

Day of Event

At the UNO IT Career Fair on Wednesday I took a selfie in front of the MISSO flier inside PKI. This was going to be

my social Media post.

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I arrived right around 4:30 p.m. to set up.

I also want to make sure my  presentation Would work. I also brought the following

  • Dartboards
  • Internship Fliers
  • Works Her Event card.
  • Business Cards
  • Presentation Pointer

I sponsor Pizza for the group which comes in under $100.00 The group doesn’t charge fees and helping out leaves a good impression of our company. Always remember to get vegetarian pizza.


I got us rolling right at 5:00 p.m.


Joni started the talk with Internships and “Works Here” Video

I did a presentation on UX in the development process. The group asked good questions about the process.

Next Day


The next day we got a thank you email.


Another great event to build relationships with UNO.

2019 360iDev Conference Day 4

2019 360iDev Conference Day 4

State of the Conference

“No one hates positive re-enforcement”

I thought I knew but I didn’t

“Success is a lousy teacher”

Book: “The cluetrain manifesto

“Help other become who they are” People over profit

Financial transparency: The coolest thing I have ever seen at a conference.

  • Indie conference
  • Don’t’ do Breakfast
  • Lunch outside, it’s nice outside

  • Speaker Travel, speaker hotel room
  • $103, 063 to put on conference
  • Attendees
  • Sponsorships
  • Talked about how much money the conference made
  • The playlist is by attendees
  • Thanks to the Sponsors
  • Thanks to the speakers
  • Attendees are the ones that come, they should have a say in where the conference is held.
  • Volunteers (room monitors)
  • All in Ticket (not everyone wants it, but it is there)
  • Previous Years Banners (conference yearbook)

Using LLDB, Instruments, and Xcode to understand a codebase


Straying From the Happy Path: Taking Control of Errors in Swift

If you want to handle more error, then you have to make it easy.

BYOB: Build Your Own (Swift) Backend. Server-Side Swift beyond CloudKit

Piles of Pictures: Process with Turi Create