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Limor Bergman

Limor Bergman

Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly

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Seniority

20 Years

Hierarchy

Executive

Management Experience

Cross-functional collaboration
High Performers
Managing Up
Managing Expectations
Scaling Team
Building a Team
Large Number of Reports
Dev Processes
Handling Promotion
Remote
Underperformance
Leadership
Conflict solving
Firing
Delegate
Diversity
Deadlines
Feedback
Convincing
One-on-one
Cultural differences
Hiring
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Motivation
Prioritization

Hi, I am Limor, I am a Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly. I work remotely from my home office in Israel and I love the remote life! I have 20+ years of experience in software engineering and 10 out of them in leadership positions. Prior to PowerToFly, I worked at Digital Ocean managing the compute engineering organization. I am passionate about empowering women and helping women grow and excel and there careers.

Hey, I'm available every Thursday at 2:30 PM (GMT)

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  September 3, 2020
  2:30 PM (GMT)

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Stories

9-months Pregnant and Applying to Be a Manager
25 June

Limor Bergman shares how she had the courage and support to apply for an open manager position even though the time wasn’t ideal.

Career Path
Diversity
Personal growth
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EM
Limor Bergman

Limor Bergman

Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly

Resolving Morale Issues When a Key Member Leaves the Company
3 June

Limor Bergman shares how she handled morale issues when a key member of the team decided to leave the company.

Company Culture
Remote
Toxic atmospheres
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
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Limor Bergman

Limor Bergman

Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly

The first time you have to let go of someone
6 December

As a new manager, Limor faces, for the first time, the difficult task of having to fire an employee.

Feelings aside
Underperformance
Firing
Feedback
New Manager
Motivation
PM
EM
Limor Bergman

Limor Bergman

Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly

An employee who doesn’t accept feedback
6 December

Limor decides to fire an underperforming, aggressive report who drains her energy.

Underperformance
Deadlines
Feedback
One-on-one
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
Toxic employee
Productivity
PM
EM
Limor Bergman

Limor Bergman

Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly

How to convince a direct report to reconsider his decisions
6 December

Limor uses a questioning, conversational approach to avoid conflict, and convinces his tech lead that he needs to change the type of database he uses.

Dev Processes
Convincing
One-on-one
Career Path
Micromanagement
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EM
Limor Bergman

Limor Bergman

Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly

Be careful with written communication
6 December

Limor is faced with a tech lead and manager who have had a discussion via Slack, which had lead to a dispute and some misunderstandings. Limor has them talk together via a video call to resolve the conflict.

Remote
Conflict solving
Internal Communication
PM
EM
Limor Bergman

Limor Bergman

Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly

How to know if you need contractors or to hire new engineers?
6 December

Limor didn’t know whether to hire contractors or whether to hire a full-time engineer for the development of a mobile app.

Hiring
Scaling Team
Salary / Work Conditions
PM
EM
Limor Bergman

Limor Bergman

Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly

Experience

Senior Software Engineering Manager

Oracle

May 2010 - May 2011

Mobile and Embedded product development

Senior Software Engineering Manager

VMware

Aug 2013 - Jan 2016

Managing a group of software engineers responsible for the development of core components of the vRealize Operations Manager product (http://www.vmware.com/products/vrealize-operations) Working closely with product management in order to enhance the product, I am always interested in hearing our customer’s pains and make sure our product improves to help customers solving their problems and making their life easier. Working closely with other software development groups in VMware across the globe as we have multiple teams that need to collaborate and integrate together. • Building and leading teams of software engineers responsible for the design and development of critical product components. • Providing teams with prioritization and balancing between features to quality and stability of the product. • Proactively working with product management and product owners to understand requirements and improve the product in order to increase product adoption in the market. • Attending customer calls and working closely with support teams, to understand customer’s issues and requests.

Senior Software Engineering Manager

Quantum

May 2011 - Aug 2013

Managing a group of several remote and local software engineering teams, responsible for the development of multiple products such as Quantum DXi product line user interface, Quantum vision, and a DXi sizing tool to be used by sales for sizing accurately customer backup solution. Working closely with product management in order to enhance the product, increase product revenues and penetrate to new markets especially virtualization, Cloud and SaaS. Working closely with other software development groups in Quantum to enhance products integration and enhance Quantum solution offerings. • Working with different DXi development teams pushing for defining an API for DXi core component thus removing dependencies between the GUI to the DXi core components. • Pushing for migration from legacy DXi GUI to modern ExtJS GUI with well defined Java Restful web services layer, to provide better user experience and clear separation between presentation to business logic. • Proactively pushed for clear roadmap of the vision product and suggested feature set and release dates • Changed working processes by convincing management to hire an HFE, and drive Product requirements by use cases and wireframes • Diverted product focus to Cloud and Virtualization (delivery as an OVF), scalability to support virtual appliances and Cloud Backup and Recovery as a Service customers • Decided proactively on development of Android mobile client, which was successfully delivered and Adopted by Quantum customers • Took ownership of a brand new sizing tool, which included clarifications and detailed definitions of the requirements with the sales team, hiring additional developers and leading the team to successful product delivery. The product is used by Quantum SEs and partners during the pre-sale of Quantum DXis. • Proactively speaking with customers to ensure satisfaction from the product and understand their requirements.

Software Engineer

Amdocs

Jan 1996 - Jan 1999

• Researched new technologies for web applications, designed and developed infrastructure for project teams in the company based on Java EE. • The infrastructure was used by other projects in the company as a basis for developing applications. • Consulted for project teams in the company in designing and building web applications for customers using Java EE technology. • The work included travel to customers, and working on site, to ensure customer satisfaction.

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