Tuesday 4th Apr9:00 PM
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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Brett takes his time building trust with his reports, so that he can identify their personality strengths.
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.
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.
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.
Brett gives quick feedback to an employee who curses all the time, to ensure the employee adapts his behavior to Trello's expectations.
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.
Brett gets close to his team members to reassure them of the goodwill of Atlassian, who have just bought Trello.
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.
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.
Brett reflects on why you should not desperately try to attract engineers at any cost.
You're a great engineer.
Become a great engineering leader.
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