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Challenges Faced by Engineering Leaders in Scaling Teams

David García

Head of Engineering at Cense AG

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Challenges Faced by Engineering Leaders in Scaling Teams

In a recent conversation with top-tier engineers, we delved into the common challenges faced by engineering leaders when scaling their teams. From the discussion, it became evident that there are several key areas that require attention and strategic approaches to overcome these challenges.

The Importance of Feedback and Recognition

One of the main areas of focus for engineering leaders is providing effective feedback and recognition to their team members. It was highlighted that feedback plays a crucial role in fostering growth and improvement. As one engineer stated, "If someone is giving you feedback, it's because they care and want something to be improved."

To address this, the company implemented training sessions on providing and receiving feedback. This initiative aimed to break the taboo around feedback and create a culture of open communication. The engineers expressed their appreciation for this effort, as it allowed them to understand the value of feedback and its positive impact on personal and professional growth.

Recognition was also emphasized as an important aspect of employee engagement. The company established a system where team members could publicly recognize each other's achievements through a channel called "kudos." This practice helped boost morale and motivation among the team.

Building Strong Relationships and Collaboration

Another significant challenge highlighted by the engineers was the need for strong relationships and collaboration between engineering and product teams. In many companies, there is often a divide between these two departments. However, in this particular company, the engineers expressed their satisfaction with the healthy collaboration and communication between the teams.

One engineer stated, "The relationship between engineering and product is something we have really cultivated, and it's very healthy." This positive collaboration allowed for better decision-making and alignment between the teams, ultimately leading to more successful outcomes.

Remote Work Challenges

As a remote company, the engineers acknowledged the unique challenges that come with remote work. One particular issue that was mentioned was the lack of trust and engagement among team members. Some engineers expressed concerns about the availability and responsiveness of their colleagues, leading to distractions and misunderstandings.

To address this, the company emphasized the importance of proactive communication and trust-building. Regular one-on-one meetings were conducted to ensure that team members felt heard and supported. The engineers also mentioned the need for freedom and trust in their work, as micromanagement can hinder productivity and motivation.

Hiring Senior Engineers

Hiring senior engineers was another challenge discussed during the conversation. The engineers expressed the difficulty in finding qualified senior candidates, as many individuals claimed to be senior but lacked the necessary skills and experience. This issue was particularly prevalent in the current job market, where there is high demand for tech resources.

To overcome this challenge, the company implemented a rigorous hiring process and set high standards for senior candidates. This ensured that only qualified individuals were considered for senior positions, ultimately leading to a stronger and more capable team.

Conclusion

Scaling engineering teams comes with its fair share of challenges. However, by focusing on effective feedback and recognition, building strong relationships and collaboration, addressing remote work challenges, and implementing a rigorous hiring process, engineering leaders can overcome these obstacles and create successful and high-performing teams.

As one engineer aptly put it, "Sometimes we highlight the bad things, but there are also very nice things that are often overlooked." By acknowledging and addressing these challenges head-on, engineering leaders can create a positive and thriving work environment for their teams.


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David García

Head of Engineering at Cense AG


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