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I turn
Engineering Managers
into
Leaders worth Following

Hi, I’m Marian. I’m an ex-VP of Engineering and I act as Software Engineering Leadership mentor && fractional Engineering VP.

🎓 Looking for more? Join our live Engineering Leaders Community of 400+ #unique talents, ensuring your leaders grow with us continually, month by month 🚀 

I started coding 💾 at age 11. I progressed from a dev role to a team lead to a principal architect,🌱 while spending a couple of years in startups of Silicon Valley, Mountain View. I naturally transitioned into software engineering management to make a more significant impact through leadership, leading 30+ of teams to the top, consistently delivering 80%+ of my teams’ roadmap.

I have extensive experience in engineering, encompassing all its amusing and challenging nuances in various situations, from growing individual leaders I’ll rely upon, up to designing the delivery flow and growing the teams. I’m a founder of Engineering Leaders CZ Community 🇨🇿

Education Impact

Individual Mentoring

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Mentoring and Coaching

You’re looking for a partner in crime who will help you grow your team(s) and validate your thoughts. Somebody who’s been there, knows how it feels and will set you up for success on the timeline. You want to gain trust to your teams, stand on both feet, and move away from operational pressure to thinking systematically / strategically. Raising Engineering Managers is a challenge. Each person has a different starting point, path, and motivation why to turn into a Leader worth Following.
If you think of applying, discover how mentoring works, understand session flows, and ensure alignment with our guidelines.

Four more ways
I can help you

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Our Community

If you’re a team lead, engineering manager, director, tribe lead, chapter lead, VP, CTO, or if you are involved in software development and company growth, join our Engineering Leaders CZ community.

Are you a speaker interested in suggesting a topic? Submit your idea. If you wish to partner with our community or sponsor a good cause, explore the partnership enablement packages.

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Fractional CTO/VPE

So far, I’ve helped Central European software companies raise $200+ million.

As a fractional VPE, you can direct me towards any issues within your organization, and I’ll handle them for you. This allows you to leverage the expertise of someone with deep knowledge and the ability to deliver impressive results within a short timeframe. One of the advantages of fractional work is the opportunity to bring in a high level of talent that might otherwise be too expensive or hard to find.

The most requested topics I often cover include Internal Audit and Efficiency Boost, OKRs, Product-Led, Engineering Metrics, Due Diligence, Structural Changes, Career Frameworks, and Time to Value.

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Cohort Workshops

You are a manager or HRBP looking to elevate your leaders.

The purpose of the workshops in to empower engineering leads to ship and scale using techniques and lessons acquired through real-world experience. The workshop is highly proactive.

Explore the Leadership Foundation and Leadership Master cohort courses.

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Speaker and Moderator

You are searching for a speaker for your townhall, workshop, podcast, meetup, or conference.
Do you intend to reinforce your message or desire to have a more significant impact on the audience’s mindset and perception? Are you in need of an adept moderator for your event?

Check out my speaker and moderator experience.
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Since 2020, I have helped 75+ exclusive mentees from 7+ countries 🇨🇿 🇺🇸 🇸🇰 🇩🇪 🇬🇧 🇮🇱 🇳🇱 in their engineering leadership journey. Read the reviews. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Marian helped me a lot in my beginnings as a manager. He designed a company-wide program for beginning managers at Mews which in my view makes Mews one of the best companies for managers where to start. He helped me to avoid many initial mistakes and gave a lot of useful advices for the future.

Marian is a true leader with human approach worth following. Thank you! 🙏

Václav Ryška
Engineering Manager @ Mews
Michal Danilák
Co-Founder & CTO at Monitora.
Marian has been incredibly helpful in my professional development. In my conversations with him, he helped me transition from an operational role to a more strategic one. He not only showed me how to grow a team, but also emphasized the importance of understanding the “why” behind it. In each session, he provided me with practical tips and recommendations for tools and other valuable resources.

Marian has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and is always willing to share it with others. I highly recommend him as a mentor to anyone looking to improve their leadership and management skills.

Selected Clients

Year #2023 in numbers

An look-back of the mentoring sessions and advisory I offer, in data.

My mentoring flow, current number of clients, time allocation and profit data is openly available:

Speaker Impact

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Writer Impact

Writing is an excellent way to form my thoughts.

How Do I Work?

My Mentoring Triangle of Strength

A combo of mentoring (talking experience), advisory (putting things to practice and gathering feedback), and continuous learning (cultivating my knowledge) is my third eye. It puts me in an unbeatable spot.

My technical background is an asset. I’ve been there with you 💪. Moving from a developer over architect to a senior manager of 300+ reports. I know how it feels to be an introvert. We speak the same geeky language.

#1️⃣ Learning

I invest one day a week into my learning routine: reading loads of material, blog posts, writing, listening to podcasts, or speaking at various events, meetups, conferences, podcasts, and panel discussions.

It is tempting to abandon my learning day to earn more, but I believe I’d shortly end up talking about waterfall, mainframes and agile manifesto.

#2️⃣ Mentoring

I dedicate two days a week to 1-hour mentoring sessions, 3–4 sessions daily. The rest is preparation and operational work.

If I give up on mentoring, I will weaken my network and individual leadership.

#3️⃣ Advisory

I spend two days weekly as a fractional advisor/CTO. Scope: Engineering metrics, internal audits, due diligence, structural shifts, career frameworks, and agility.

If I leave advisory, I will have zero opportunity to experience different situations and various client models to learn from and talk theory with no actual practice in the field. In essence, seeing what clients have built widens my knowledge.

Transparency.

Create the right communication channels and  open delivery & quality reports.

Consistency.

Define the trajectory. Keep the vector direction and stick to it, unless the strategy changes.

Lead by example.

Teach and grow others by delegating. Walk the walk. Learn continuously.

Kaizen.

Discuss improvements, not status updates. Limit the number of parallel streams.

My principles

Leadership principles Marian Kamenistak