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Hello, my name’s Yannic Staudt

I am an independent Software Engineer specialising in solving software and embedded engineering related problems. These things include designing and programming software systems and sometime more low-level-ish things like fiddling around with oscilloscopes or designing PCBs.

Up to now I developed business analytic applications, embedded devices, built intelligent work procedures, introduced development teams to agile methods, taught multiple programming languages, integrated sensors with ERP systems and quite a bit more…

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Human-centered system design

Most systems are designed to be used by people. Designing systems in a way that they become truly helpful for those who interact with them has been my favourite and most challenging task in the last years.

Here are the core principles I try to apply:

  1. Tools shall be unobtrusive
  2. No Bullshit Metrics™ – because they are just a game
  3. Balance simplicity and flexibility
  4. Creating data has no inherent value, it’s all about using it in a clever way
  5. Use algorithms for the complicated things and humans to deal with complexity
  6. Create room for mastery

Basically, I crave for excellence, for my users, my clients, fellow developers and myself, because we ain’t no monkeys!

Would like to hear more about that? Get in touch!

Skills

I’m a polyglot software developer and have been told to master C# and JavaScript. Also, I’m pretty good with C, C++ and Java. I actually started writing code at age 11.

Beyond that workmanship part of building software, I consider myself to be a software architect, in the way that I successfully implemented well fitting, scaling and maintainable solutions significantly more often than I failed.

I’m proficient with both Windows and Linux as OSes (before you ask, I prefer vim over Emacs, but let’s not fight about that) and use both on a daily basis.

When it comes to databases I’ve worked extensively with MySQL/MariaDB, Microsoft SQL Server and Postgres on the relational side of things. On the NoSQL front I’ve made excellent experiences with MongoDB, Redis and InfluxDB. All of them are great and have their applications.

I love to make others more efficient. I’ve done so by introducing teams to better coordination practice and modern development methods (the usual indefinitely long list of catchy words like “continuous integration”, “continuous deployment”, “automated testing”, “containers”, etc…). I’ve seen leaps in productivity occur with practices like pair development. And did I tell you I love Kanban?

On the non-technical side, I speak German, French and English fluently, with the former two being my native languages. Finally I’m a self-admitted coffee aficionado, a rather talented cook and a vinyl-geek.

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No Bullshit Metrics

I’ve been asked to build fancy metrics gathering tools and even fancier reports over and over the past years. While metrics can be a great help, there are numerous things to take into consideration to minimize side effects! These considerations are even more important when you’re dealing with qualitative dimensions, especially in creative processes such …

Allons-y!

Hi there! I finally found some time to build a real web site for Staudt Engineering. The previous draft lasted for more than a year and served its purpose as a place-holder, but it never was what I wanted. This is the second attempt, the first having been giving Ghost a shot. And while I …