My name is Neal Enssle. And this is a blog filled with my ramblings – mostly about managing programmers, engineers, developers, designers, and creative types. I also have a page where I have collected some of my favorite quotations about programming, leadership, productivity, design, and quality.

I have been helping software engineering teams deliver high-quality software on time and on budget for more than 15 years, with experience leading day-to-day and strategic development operations in both product and consulting organizations. I have experience managing multiple engineering (front-end, back-end, full-stack) and user experience (UX) design teams in multiple locations (including offshore and remote) simultaneously. Industries include: e-commerce/financial, healthcare, security, marketing, and education.

I have more than 20 years of professional experience in software engineering overall, and have been a passionate programmer in multiple languages including Ruby, JavaScript, ColdFusion, Java, and various flavors of SQL. My technical interests include “clean coding” techniques, refactoring patterns, and evolutionary architecture. While I continue to enjoy coding in my free time, I feel I am most effective in leadership roles.

I believe that results are a product of positive, trusting relationships. I believe that active listening and open communication can solve most problems. I try to take a proactive, hands-on, and high-touch approach to building consensus across teams and organizations. My job is to get the right people in a room, create a safe space for candid dialogue, gain consensus on goals, help drive toward attainable and innovative solutions, and iterate.

I’m currently Senior Director of Engineering at Recurly, a fast-growing Boulder-based financial technology (fintech) company specializing in providing enterprise-class recurring billing, revenue optimization, and subscription management services for thousands of businesses worldwide. I lead several teams of full-stack software developers (both onsite and remote) including our payments, 3rd-party integrations, and developer experience teams.

In past lives I’ve worked in technical leadership roles at LogRhythm, Rally Software, Foraker Labs, and Acxiom, with experience delivering high-quality software in diverse industries such as healthcare, education, marketing, transportation, security, e-commerce, and finance. A long time ago I was a history professor in training at the University of Chicago. For more career info, check out LinkedIn.

Perhaps most importantly, I’m happily married and the proud father of two pretty amazing youngsters. In my free time I enjoy long walks in the woods, reading, spending time with friends and family, and the occasional romp through Skyrim. I volunteer on the Board of Directors at Flagstaff Academy, where the kids attend school. I also generally try to help my amazing wife shine as a special-education teacher in the St. Vrain Valley School District. The four of us, along with Oliver the cat, live in sunny Longmont, Colorado.

If you want to get in touch, hit me on email or Twitter. Take a look at LinkedIn or ask me for a resume if you think we should work together!