Hi, I’m Per.

I’m a Norwegian Glaswegian with over 25 years of experience in the software industry, including fifteen years as a software engineering lead and agile coach. Most of my career has been spent helping cross-functional software teams work better together by re-thinking the practice of software engineering as a team sport.

As a software engineer, I’ve always been as interested in Improving the Way We Work as in Doing the Work. I focus on building collaboration skills of all kinds, ranging from core- and advanced interpersonal skills to redesigning workflows and processes to better support team-members working together to solve problems.

As Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow, I work with the School of Computing Science to develop new courses covering the leadership and mentoring skills needed to foster good team habits in software engineering teams, and the contemporary skills, tools, and mind-sets required by individual engineers to work on large-scale, long-lived software systems.

As Senior Director of Developer Platforms and Programs for Education at GitHub from late 2022 to late 2023, my team and I worked with students and educators worldwide to help onboard more learners to the world of collaborative software development.

GitHub Education provides products and programs for students and educators around the globe, helping them learn and teach computer science in a collaborative, online environment. Through Global Campus, GitHub provides resources and communities for 2 million students and educators. Tools like GitHub Classroom and Codespaces help teachers onboard students to a world of open source software development. Working with our student Campus Experts, we create spaces for students to teach each other, share their work and form global communities.

Prior to GitHub, I spent 15 years at J.P. Morgan Global Technology, the last 6 of which I spent building a sustainable network of Communities of Practice to give 50,000+ technologists a place to learn together and advance their practices. You can read more about that effort here.

On these pages, I aim to document some of my work, both professional and personal, and share thoughts, ideas, insights, and suggestions as I go along.

I’m glad you’re here, and I hope you’ll stick around.