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Best Practices & Guidelines for Growth in Middle Management

First Session: 

Hosted by Sudhir Tonse

Sr. Director of Engineering at DoorDash

  • My experience at Netflix, Uber and now DoorDash in navigating office politics and various demanding stakeholders
  • Being at these companies when pivotal changes occurred - such as moving from DVDs to Streaming, Global launches, moving from on-prem to all-in cloud etc.
  • Interacting with a lot of fellow leaders on what worked and what didn't in terms of growth and success (by being part of PlatoHQ and learning!)

Circle Description

This four-session circle will provide Senior Engineering Management Leaders with the tools and strategies needed to navigate the complexities of mid to large-sized companies. The sessions will cover essential topics such as effective stakeholder communication and managing challenging projects that involve various personas such as Product, Design, Finance, Operations etc. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask the mentor their own questions during the Live Office Hours session.

This circle is full.

Total Cost:  $300

Pay with your L&D budget

Benefits of joining this Circle:

  • Engage in interactive learning with a limited group of peers ( Full)
  • Bring your own challenges and the Sudhir will be able to help in live
  • Lifetime access to all session material: slides, templates, recordings and additional resources


  • Years of experience: At least 2 years of experience in management
  • Company size: Mid to large size companies (200+ engineers)
  • Title: Senior Engineering Management/Leaders
  • Engineering team size: Large set of portfolio with many stakeholders

Cohort Includes:

Principal Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft

Principal Engineer - Director level at Yahoo-Turbify

Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft

+ 10 others

What people are saying about Sudhir

Sudhir was full of enthusiasm, genuinely listened to the opinions of team members, and simultaneously mentored by providing helpful suggestions, even as our team quickly grew in size. He was a precise and clear communicator, with a solid technical understanding. His focus was always on getting the job done, reliably and effectively, even if it meant taking less credit for his work. I also appreciated his transparency in decision making and willingness to collaborate with other teams.

Dara Adib - Principal Engineer @ Applemon Technologies

Sudhir is the rare person who is both an excellent engineer and an excellent manager. His engineering work at Netflix was at the core of Netflix's move to the cloud and was used in nearly every service. He approaches being a manager with the same dedication and passion that a great engineer uses to write good code. I hold Sudhir in high regard and can recommend him without qualification.

Jordan Zimmerman - Staff Engineer @ Starburst

I first worked with Sudhir as his co-worker and then reported to him. Sudhir is an excellent engineer and a strong technical leader. He always has a clear vision of what should be done, sets clear goals, and knows how to inspire his team to work hard to achieve the goals. He does not only have a great sense of building quality products, but also has deep experience in systems designs. And he uses his knowledge to challenge, help, and guide his team members. Suffice it to say that many of our projects wouldn't be as successful without his involvement. As a co-worker, Sudhir is a fun-loving person and very easy to work with. As a leader, he is empathetic and deeply cares about his team. I'd highly recommend Sudhir and am sure that he will be invaluable to any company.

Danny Yuan - Senior Technical Director @ Roblox


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