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Product Manager at Meta (Facebook, Oculus, & Family of Apps)
Head or Tail: What PMs Should Be After
This article discusses the importance of considering both head and tail customers when developing enterprise software products. It suggests that the head customers are solution-driven and the tail customers are problem-driven. The article also emphasizes the need to focus on core use cases and create delightful experiences rather than blindly building features for the biggest customers. Finally, it suggests that it takes determination from a PM to create an intentional tension between the needs and wants of the head and tail customers.
Vice President, Engineering and Planning
Overcoming Constraints Through Creative Thinking
When faced with budgetary constraints and aggressive timelines, an Engineering Manager created a Fun Learning Challenge for their team to revamp the customer-facing application UI using AJAX and JQuery. The team was given books, free resources, and a skeleton website to work on for two weeks, with user experience and performance as the main evaluation criteria. The challenge was successful and the team was able to acquire the necessary skills and deliver on the objective much better than anticipated. This experience highlighted the importance of investing in upskilling current teams and finding alternatives for training when budgets get cut.
SVP Data Cloud Acceleration at Zeta Global
Improving Collaboration Through Plans Of Attack
To improve collaboration between teams in different locations, a process was implemented where Plan of Attacks (POAs) were published on a public channel. This gave people from different locations the chance to see what their colleagues were working on and provided a checklist for people to go through. Although the process has helped with team visibility and cross-formation, there are still issues with engagement with the tool. To address this, people are now explicitly asked to tag three people on their POAs to ensure at least three people review the documents and provide comment.
VP Engineering at SUBLIME
How to set up a new engineering team
This article discusses the challenges of building a team when the only engineer on the project is also the manager. It provides advice on how to recruit and onboard new engineers, such as having a plan in place for the first week, month, and three months, having an onboarding buddy, and giving engineers chances to deliver code early on.
ex-CTO at Uber Freight
Health and Emotions Should Not Come with Targets and Goals
In order to understand the emotions of employees in the age of data and OKRs, a cultural identity exercise was conducted with three basic questions. It was found that self-awareness and deprecation are key to understanding people's thoughts and how to make situations better. Additionally, it was found that quantified and direct interviewing misses out on the impact of people who bring excitement to the conversation.
CTO at Consello
Building Teams Remotely
When transitioning to a remote team, it is important to establish a culture of trust and visibility. This can be done through video conferencing, setting boundaries, and recognizing accomplishments. Tools such as Jira and Clockwise can help manage asynchronous tasks and communication. Additionally, team celebrations should be encouraged to bring people together virtually.
CTO, VP Engineering at Didja Inc
How To Fire An Underperforming Employee
When an employee was failing to deliver on their work and attempts to correct the situation failed, HR and the manager worked together to create a four-week performance improvement plan. Despite the employee's failure to meet expectations, they were treated with respect and the transition was handled properly to avoid any potential legal issues. It is important to partner with HR early and be upfront with employees when they are not performing, while also treating them with respect.
Data Coach at Self Employed
Being a Data Coach
After taking a vacation to reflect on his career, the author decided to become a freelance coach in the data space. He has since been successful in his role, and has learned that freelancing allows him to choose what he works on and when, and that he must be visible and part of the team he is coaching in order to demonstrate his value. He also advises to just do it and not be overwhelmed by self-doubt.
Professional coach & consultant in Leadership and Digital Transformation at Veepee
ex VP of Engineering & VP Products @ Veepee
VP of Engineering at Clari
Enterprise SaaS Engineering Leader | Various Verticals (Tech, Healthcare, Search)
VP of Engineering at Kiddom, Inc.
Engineering executive • ex-Affirm | Square | Google
Growth Engineering Leader at Faire
Growth Engineering Leader | Advisor | Mentor | Board Member - Scaling High-Performing Teams to Drive Business Growth - MBA
CTO at Reddit
Founding engineer at Reddit, passionate about mentorship and public speaking.
Head of Engineering at Naranja X ⭐⭐⭐
Telemedicine Researcher / Plants Lover / Enthusiast Basketball Player
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Senior Engineering Manager at Facebook
Navigating the Transition to Hybrid Work
This article discusses the challenges and strategies for engineering leaders as they transition to a hybrid work model. It emphasizes the importance of improving presentation skills, actively participating in meetings, and expanding knowledge and expertise. The article suggests practicing presentations, seeking feedback, and continuously learning as key approaches to enhance effectiveness in a hybrid work environment.
CD (Chris Dolezalek)
EVP, R&D at Hum Capital, Inc
Making New Hires Effective Quickly
This article discusses the importance of assigning a mentor or "buddy" to new hires in a fast-growing startup. It also outlines the concept of "Leave a Trace," which is a practice of having new hires improve the new hire process. The article further discusses the importance of fostering a growth mindset and having a well-defined spin-up process. It also provides links to various resources related to developer productivity.
Software Engineering Manager at Measurabl
Why Would Anyone Mob Program? (an intro)
Mob Programming is a concept where a team of ~3-5 works together on a single feature, with only one person typing at a time. It is a difficult process to go from troll-coding to mobbing, but it is an incredibly valuable and efficient experience. It is slow, but the quality of work produced is multiple times better than what a single developer can create. It also allows for full domain knowledge of the system developed, and one member of the mob can represent the team in meetings.
Engineering Director at Visium
Working Effectively In a Remote Environment
This article outlines the best practices that were adopted to ensure business continuity during the Covid-19 pandemic. These practices included fostering a self-service mindset, promoting asynchronous communication, and providing clear communication guidelines. These measures allowed for streamlined onboarding, improved meeting efficiency, and reduced distractions. As we continue to adapt to the remote-first era, these best practices will be essential in charting our path forward.
Delivery, Operations & Transformation Leader at Marais Consulting Inc
Beware the Empathy Trap
Empathy in leadership is gaining attention due to its connection to employee engagement and well-being. However, it can be ineffective and even harmful if used incorrectly. It is important to understand the potential downside of empathy and find the right balance of support for team members. Pity, sympathy, and compassion are other emotions that can help empower team members without draining the leader's energy.
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