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Mary Nicknish

Mary Nicknish

Senior Engineering Manager at Quizlet

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Seniority

25 Years

Hierarchy

Manager of Managers

Management Experience

Company Culture
Leadership
Conflict solving
Diversity
Collaboration
Cultural differences
Hiring
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Scaling Team
New Manager
Motivation
Career Path
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
Agile / Scrum
Internal Communication
Team processes

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.

Sorry, I am not currently available for mentoring sessions.

Stories

Learning to Say No Using Collected Data
28 May

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.

Internal Communication
Productivity
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
EM
Mary Nicknish

Mary Nicknish

Senior Engineering Manager at Quizlet

Quick, Compassionate, and Diverse Hiring at a High Growth Company
18 December

Mary shares lessons from her experiences on both sides of the hiring process.

Hiring
Career Path
EM
Mary Nicknish

Mary Nicknish

Senior Engineering Manager at Quizlet

Dealing with Difficult People
17 December

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.

Conflict solving
Toxic employee
Coaching / Training / Mentorship
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
EM
Mary Nicknish

Mary Nicknish

Senior Engineering Manager at Quizlet

Knowing When To Say Stop
4 April

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.

Underperformance
Firing
Hiring
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
EM
Mary Nicknish

Mary Nicknish

Senior Engineering Manager at Quizlet

Growing pains when growing a team
6 December

Mary discusses how she kept an engineer engaged after he got worn out while working on building a Sync engine.

Motivation
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
Scaling Team
Career Path
EM
Mary Nicknish

Mary Nicknish

Senior Engineering Manager at Quizlet

Speak Up To Avoid Larger Issues
6 December

Mary discusses the importance of trusting your gut and pushing back when you disagree with someone, even if they’re your superiors.

Leadership
Career Path
Conflict solving
Managing Expectations
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
EM
Mary Nicknish

Mary Nicknish

Senior Engineering Manager at Quizlet

Handling Layoffs with Compassion
6 December

Mary talks about how she told people they were going to be laid off in a gracious and compassionate manner.

Firing
Feedback
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
EM
Mary Nicknish

Mary Nicknish

Senior Engineering Manager at Quizlet

Videos

Plato Event #5: Unknown Unknowns in Engineering Management
Mary NicknishTomas BarretoAnantha Kancherla
Women In Tech - Mary Nicknish, Senior Technical Program Manager at Quizlet
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