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Robert Slifka

Robert Slifka

VP of Engineering at Sharethrough

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Seniority

15 Years

Hierarchy

Executive

Management Experience

Leadership

Hi everyone! My name is Rob Slifka, I'm the VP of Engineering at Sharethrough, a native advertising company in San Francisco. My background is in backend engineering (~10 years) with a transition to management ~10 years ago. I'm responsible for about 25 engineers and our solutions organization (~20 people). Growing and managing engineering managers has been an unexpectedly rewarding part of my career and is something I've been focusing on. In 2015, I started the Calibrate conference here in San Francisco - http://www.calibratesf.com/ - a conference specifically for new engineering managers. We're holding our third event later this year on September 29th at the Terra Gallery. Coincidentally, @shivani-sharma who keynoted the Plato launch, is both organizing and speaking at Calibrate later this year :slightly_smiling_face: (woo!) Super excited to get started and really support the problem Plato is addressing. I always love meeting other managers and learning about themselves and their teams. If anyone would like to grab coffee around SF, I'm over in FiDi and always up for a chat. Looking forward to meeting you all!

Hey, I'm available every Tuesday at 4:00 PM (GMT)

Next time slot available
  October 6, 2020
  4:00 PM (GMT)

Stories

When Two Pizzas Are No Longer Enough - Scaling Beyond One Team
28 November

Rob Slifka gives advice on how to recognize the time for, and reason through your first team split.

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Scaling Team
Productivity
Reorganization
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Robert Slifka

Robert Slifka

VP of Engineering at Sharethrough

Creating and utilizing an engineering career path
8 March

As Sharethrough’s engineering team scaled, ad hoc conversations about current role expectations and career growth no longer sufficed. Managers required a clear and consistent way to discuss growth and growth opportunities with their teams and conversely, engineers required the same to understand their expectations and growth opportunities. Robert and his team created a career path to better communicate expectations to current and inbound engineers, to foster more focused career conversations and to ensure managers and engineers could work together from a common starting point on professional growth.

Personal growth
One-on-one
Career Path
Scaling Team
Managing Expectations
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Robert Slifka

Robert Slifka

VP of Engineering at Sharethrough

Experience

Founder

Calibrate Conference

Jun 2015 - Sep 2019

Sept. 2019 Update - Calibrate is wrapped up! Calibrate was a conference dedicated to helping engineers with the career transition to engineering leadership - http://calibratesf.com/ We’ve loved making this fantastic space for smart, motivated, collaborative, generous, thoughtful people to talk about how !\*$% hard it is to shift from engineering to people management. You won’t be surprised to hear us say it’s been a passion project. After five years, we’re ready to move on to new things. Original description follows... As fast as we're growing our engineering teams, we're also creating engineering leaders and it's often learn-as-you-go. Engineering leadership has a specific set of challenges with respect to the intersection of people, technology and process, and almost no reference material or developmental community surrounding it. Let’s change that. Calibrate brings together accomplished engineering veterans to address the unique needs of newly minted engineering leaders. We’ll share what it’s like to grow from an IC to a leader, and offer advice on what to learn in your first few years of leadership. You’ll take away tactics and frameworks for decision making you can put to work immediately. For more background on the event, please see the 2015 opener: http://engineering.sharethrough.com/blog/2015/10/30/what-does-good-engineering-leadership-look-like/

Engineering Manager

Voltage Security

Apr 2007 - Jul 2009

Led an eight-person team, delivering five consecutive on-time releases (two early) of SecureMail, the company’s flagship product. SecureMail is a secure email suite used by over 850 enterprise customers (Wells Fargo, CA DMV, Kaiser Permanente, etc.) and nearly 5 million users. Championed Agile (Scrum) development. Served as both Scrum Master and Product Owner, responsible for sprint maintenance and release planning, accelerating release delivery by 50%. Coached other Scrum teams in the organization. Successfully proposed contemporary redesign of the core messaging interfaces to engineering and executive leadership, to better incorporate current and scheduled features. Implemented using server-side Java, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and FreeMarker. Designed and architected administrative and end-user facing features, balancing ease of use, functionality and security. Customers report a 90% reduction in support incidents, and users have a 99% success rate encrypting and decrypting secure messages. Redesigned operating system and application installation process to minimize complexity and duration, reducing setup time by 90% and garnering positive reviews (Computerworld, June 2009). Customers rarely require setup assistance, reducing Voltage’s initial support costs by approximately $1000 per deployment. Initiated and conducted usability testing. The first test resulted in over 30 immediate improvements. (Voltage was later acquired by HP in 2015) \> Java (J2SE), HTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML, Agile (SCRUM), FreeMarker, Subversion

Software Engineering, Interaction Design

Magma Design Automation (acquired by Synopsys)

Jul 2002 - Mar 2007

Designed and implemented products within Magma’s CAD suite for integrated circuit design used by companies like Apple, Sony and Samsung. Initiated, championed and implemented a shift in product development strategy, utilizing goal-directed design and usability testing, creating more useful and usable solutions. Experience through all phases of design and development: conducting stakeholder and subject matter expert interviews, creating paper prototypes, performing cognitive walkthroughs, implementation and testing. Advanced Java SE and Java Swing event-driven development: custom components and themes, Quest JChart APIs, multithreading. (Magma Design Automation was later acquired by Synopsys in 2012) \> Java (J2SE), Swing, XML, XSL, Tcl, Linux, Solaris, ClearCase

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