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Shivani Sharma

Shivani Sharma

Senior Engineering Manager at Slack

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Seniority

5 Years

Hierarchy

Manager of Managers

Management Experience

Legitimacy
Feedback
One-on-one

Shivani currently leads the New User Experience engineering team at Slack. She is passionate about the engineering leadership craft and is a mentor with Ascent, a Sequoia Capital program that focuses on career development and mentorship for professional women in Silicon Valley and Plato, (www.platohq.com) where she mentors startup CTOs/VPs/Engineering Managers. Additionally, Shivani is one of the organizers of www.calibratesf.com, an engineering leadership conference.

Sorry, I am not currently available for mentoring sessions.

Stories

New Teams Require More Informal Time
3 December

Shivani Sharma, senior engineering manager at Slack, shares the importance of leaving room for people to get to know each other informally, as team dynamics change.

Leadership
Meetings
Motivation
PM
EM
Shivani Sharma

Shivani Sharma

Senior Engineering Manager at Slack

How to deal with a team with broken communication
6 December

Shivani inherited a team that had broken communication, which caused an uncomfortable working atmosphere for everyone on the team. After getting to know the team she identified that the team didn’t know how to give effective peer-to-peer feedback.

Feelings aside
Collaboration
Feedback
Toxic atmospheres
Legitimacy
Internal Communication
PM
EM
Shivani Sharma

Shivani Sharma

Senior Engineering Manager at Slack

Reestablishing a healthy relationship between a PM and engineers.
17 January

Shivani inherits a team where the relationship between a PM and his engineers is completely broken. Within three weeks she manages to establish a healthier and more productive environment for everyone.

Legitimacy
Internal Communication
Collaboration
Team processes
PM
EM
Shivani Sharma

Shivani Sharma

Senior Engineering Manager at Slack

Dealing with underperformance caused by a complex personal situation
24 January

One of Shivani’s employee suddenly starts underperforming. During a one-on-one, she discovers why and manages to turn things around.

Underperformance
One-on-one
Feedback
Health / Stress / Burn-Out
PM
EM
Shivani Sharma

Shivani Sharma

Senior Engineering Manager at Slack

How to communicate about reorganization
6 December

Shivani had to reorganize three teams of engineers, when the engineers didn’t see reorganization in a good light.

Team reaction
Reorganization
Internal Communication
PM
EM
Shivani Sharma

Shivani Sharma

Senior Engineering Manager at Slack

Videos

Engineering Talks with Plato: Part 2/6 Shivani Sharma keynote - 15th May 2017
Shivani Sharma
Trailer Plato Event #2: Bringing the best from Silicon Valley to Europe
Yi HuangNidhi GuptaVarun SrinivasanDavid MurrayHala Al-AdwanBrian ZotterQuang HoangShivani Sharma
Engineering Leadership Talks by Plato
Nidhi GuptaVarun SrinivasanDavid MurrayHala Al-AdwanBrian ZotterQuang HoangShivani SharmaYi Huang
Plato Event #3 Part 5/6 How do we support our engineers for their transition to managers?
Nidhi GuptaMatthew TippettShivani SharmaYi HuangVincent Mo
Nurturing an inclusive workplace
Shivani Sharma
Plato ELEVATE Summit Keynote: "Synergy: Building Strong Engineering Teams"
Shivani Sharma
Building an Inclusive Engineering Culture
Pooja BrownJack DangerShivani Sharma

Articles

Building an Inclusive Engineering Culture

Hear from senior engineering leaders from Slack, Stitch Fix, and more to learn how they have built inclusive engineering cultures.

https://www.platohq.com/blog/plato-mentors-building-an-inclusive-engineering-culture
Shivani SharmaPooja BrownJack Danger

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