Hi Everyone! I am Mary Nicknish, Senior Engineering Manager at Quizlet. I helped build process in our fast growing engineering team going from 45 engineers to over 100 this year. I am now building a 2 engineering teams to help support our Pods and scale the product. I am also managing QA and Localization. Prior to that I was VP World Wide Engineering at Accellion where I had a team of 100 engineers across 3 continents (Palo Alto, Singapore, and Ukraine). I have been managing engineering teams in Silicon Valley for almost 30 years. I especially love startups and helping companies grow. I am excited about hearing what others have to say and imparting some of my wisdom from years of being in the trenches.
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Mary Nicknish shares the stress of having too much work at a startup and why learning to say no helped alleviate some of the pressure.
Mary shares lessons from her experiences on both sides of the hiring process.
Mary has found some great strategies for working with difficult people. Understanding why someone behaves in a negative way is key to avoiding experiencing their negative behavior yourself.
Mary Nicknish talks about the lessons she learned from hiring an ineffective senior engineer, and about how she learnt when to say enough is enough.
Mary discusses how she kept an engineer engaged after he got worn out while working on building a Sync engine.
Mary discusses the importance of trusting your gut and pushing back when you disagree with someone, even if they’re your superiors.
Mary talks about how she told people they were going to be laid off in a gracious and compassionate manner.
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