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Brett Huff

Brett Huff

Director of Engineering at billiontoone

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    Hi I'm Brett Huff, Director of Engineering at BillionToOne. I've led teams from 2 to 42 engineers through some of the highest growth phases of a company. I specialize in setting perspective and finding unique solutions to unique problems.

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    Seniority

    8 Years

    Hierarchy

    Manager of Managers

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    Identifying personality strengths in my reports

    6 December

    Brett takes his time building trust with his reports, so that he can identify their personality strengths.

    Personal Growth
    Legitimacy
    Internal Communication
    Career Path
    New Manager
    Engineering
    In meetings, if anyone is remote, everyone is remote.

    6 December

    Seen as too quiet during meetings by his hierarchy, Brett, who is a remote worker, decides to change the rules to have a greater impact during meetings.

    Remote
    Company Culture
    Meetings
    Internal Communication
    Impact
    Convincing
    Team Processes
    Engineering
    Learn to Know Whether Your Employee is a Kite or an Airplane

    6 December

    Brett gives an employee one last chance to improve. Together, they decide on six tasks for the employee to accomplish within three weeks, but the employee only completes two of the tasks.

    Managing Expectations
    Firing
    Internal Communication
    Career Path
    Performance
    Engineering
    How to deal with a layoff

    6 December

    Brett holds a one-on-one meeting with an underperforming employee to give them one last chance to improve, but the employee becomes combative and threatens to sue the company.

    Firing
    Meetings
    Feedback
    Toxic Employee
    Performance
    Engineering
    Managing to change an employee’s bad habit

    6 December

    Brett gives quick feedback to an employee who curses all the time, to ensure the employee adapts his behavior to Trello's expectations.

    Company Culture
    Internal Communication
    Feedback
    Onboarding
    Convincing
    Cultural Differences
    Engineering
    What to Do When You Need to Fire Someone Who is Popular

    6 December

    Brett is forced to decide whether to fire one of his employees due to him not performing. However, he knows that this will probably result in another tech-lead, who is very productive and who contributes well to the team, also resigning.

    Company Culture
    Firing
    Meetings
    Internal Communication
    Toxic Employee
    Team Reaction
    Engineering
    How to reassure your team in case of a big change

    6 December

    Brett gets close to his team members to reassure them of the goodwill of Atlassian, who have just bought Trello.

    Company Culture
    Internal Communication
    Convincing
    Reorganization
    Sharing The Vision
    Team Reaction
    Engineering
    Managers do not need to know everything that their reports know

    6 December

    Although he had very little experience with the technical details, Brett brainstormed with a report to rescue him from a tsunami of recurring questions about an automated sales process.

    Legitimacy
    Micromanagement
    Internal Communication
    Team Processes
    Career Path
    New Manager
    Health / Stress / Burn-Out
    Engineering
    My interview coding test

    6 December

    Brett shares with us his interview coding test based on fixing your own problems. He details what he looks for in applicants through this exercise.

    Scaling Team
    Dev Processes
    Hiring
    Fairness
    Engineering
    Letting go of individuals when they reject your job offer

    6 December

    Brett reflects on why you should not desperately try to attract engineers at any cost.

    Salary / Work Conditions
    Reorganization
    Hiring
    Performance
    Engineering
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