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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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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