About

My name is Benjamin Reitzammer.

Currently I'm a Ruby/Rails developer at crispymtn, working on Keyline.

Before that I was CTO for vaamo where I built the team and technology for the first four years of the company. So I'm very much interested in the topics engineering management, team building and fostering a great culture (Hint: questions about these topics are more than welcome). All in all I have 15+ years of experience across various companies and teams.

Outside of work I spend most of my time with my family, the wonderfullest wife in the world and two awesome kids.

Elsewhere ...

  • You can follow me on Twitter (I'm @benjamin) to keep up with my more frequent updates.
  • Check out my podcast CTO.coffee, where I talk about the human side of technology and software development, with people.
  • You can take a look at some talks I gave at various, mostly tech-related, conferences on my Speaking page.
  • Ask me anything, seriously, anything
  • I was once interviewed for the very nice Ohai Insecurity blog, and I shared parts of my story on how I evolved as a developer
  • Also Tim interviewed me for his book Developer's Journey (direct link to podcast). In the interview we talk about what really matters to make your software development successful and how Clean Code can be sometimes harmful.

I like …

… People.

Especially people getting together to share & learn.

That's why, some (looong) time ago, I started a local Software Crafter community, kicked off the first Coderetreats in that area as an organizer and facilitator, and for the years 2014 and 2015 I was the main organizer of the SoCraTes Conference, together with lots of support from fellow Softwerkskammer-enthusiasts.

That I like people also makes my job as an Software Developer and occasional Manager so crazily enjoyable.

It's also why I like answering questions from anybody. If you have any question for me, contact me or use my AMA repo and I'll answer your question publicly.

… My Family

I'm so very grateful to live in a world, where I can afford to spend lots of my time with my kids and my wife. They all make me a better and a very happy person.

… Coffee

Simple as that.

And that's why a podcast, in where I chat with people about people in technology and software development, is aptly named cto.coffee.

… Dotfiles

It's a bit silly, how I still prefer the terminal over many other tools, I even read/write my emails in mutt . So of course I also put my dotfiles up on GitHub to make my working environment slightly portable. They allow me to setup a productive working environment on almost any computer that I get access to and therefore free me of worrying about my computer breaking.