Seth Falcon is vice president of engineering at Chef, where he is responsible for delivering the engineering organization that builds Chef’s open source and commercial products. Seth joined Chef as an individual contributor eager to apply his Erlang expertise to high-volume web services. He led the effort to rewrite the Chef Server using Erlang and migrate Hosted Chef onto the new platform and grew an engineering team around a new product initiative, which led to a dual product/engineering role as general manager for Chef delivery. Seth is a product-focused engineering leader who builds teams that consistently deliver valuable, high-quality software at velocity and has helped teams increase their effectiveness as an individual contributor, an engineering manager, and a manager of managers. He believes the essential elements for a high-performing team are trust, commitment to learning and experimentation, mechanisms for measuring outcomes, and clear communication.
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