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A Founder’s Dilemma: Choosing Between Technology and Customers
27 February

Amitav Chakravartty, ex-CTO at Vaycayhero, dissects a common founder’s dilemma: should they focus on the latest technology or their customers’ needs.

Managing Expectations
Product
Users Feedback
EM
Amitav Chakravartty

Amitav Chakravartty

Ex CTO at Vaycayhero

Building Trust or Doing a Reorg
27 February

Amitav Chakravartty, ex-CTO at Vaycayhero, shares his dilemma: should he restructure his malfunctioning team or build trust with them.

Leadership
Psychological Safety
EM
Amitav Chakravartty

Amitav Chakravartty

Ex CTO at Vaycayhero

Two Key Elements of a New Manager’s Mindset
27 February

Amitav Chakravartty, ex-CTO at Vaycayhero, highlights two key elements of a new manager’s mindset -- being in the driving seat and not going with a flow.

Managing Expectations
New Manager
EM
Amitav Chakravartty

Amitav Chakravartty

Ex CTO at Vaycayhero

Introducing Engineering Design
27 February

Wissam Abirached, Senior Engineering Manager at GitHub, shares how he introduced engineering design and what were its most immediate benefits.

Team processes
Design
EM
Wissam Abirached

Wissam Abirached

Senior Engineering Manager at GitHub

When Words Bear More Weight
27 February

Wissam Abirached, Senior Engineering Manager at GitHub, tells of his transition from an IC to a manager on the same team and how that impacted his participation in technical discussions.

Internal Communication
Collaboration
Team processes
New Manager
EM
Wissam Abirached

Wissam Abirached

Senior Engineering Manager at GitHub

The Pursuit of Impact: My First Year at Netflix
23 February

Bruce Wang, Director of Engineering, API Systems at Netflix, speaks of his personal journey to build thriving teams during his first year at Netflix.

Building a Team
Hiring
Team processes
EM
Bruce Wang

Bruce Wang

Director of Engineering at Netflix

Securing Buy-In for New Metrics
23 February

Cody Kurz, Director of Engineering at 7shifts, details how he managed to secure buy-in for new metrics from a team that was largely skeptical and distrusted the management.

Productivity
Team processes
EM
Cody Kurz

Cody Kurz

Director of Engineering at 7shifts: Restaurant Scheduling

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Why Hiring Juniors
23 February

Cody Kurz, Director of Engineering at 7shifts, outlines the pros and cons of hiring junior engineers.

Juniors
Hiring
EM
Cody Kurz

Cody Kurz

Director of Engineering at 7shifts: Restaurant Scheduling

Hiring a CTO… and Letting Them Go
23 February

Cody Kurz, Director of Engineering at 7shifts, details how to manage expectations when hiring your boss and how to know when you should let them go.

Leadership
Firing
Hiring
EM
Cody Kurz

Cody Kurz

Director of Engineering at 7shifts: Restaurant Scheduling

How to Unlock the Potential of Your Average Engineer
23 February

Paras Doshi, Engineering Manager (BI & Data) at Amazon, discusses how to unlock the potential of an average-performing engineer and encourage them to be more proactive and autonomous.

Personal growth
Productivity
Team processes
EM
Paras Doshi

Paras Doshi

Engineering Manager (BI & Data) at Amazon

Managing Career Growth of Your Reports
23 February

Paras Doshi, Engineering Manager (BI & Data) at Amazon, tells how he approaches career growth of his reports by dedicating time to exclusively talk about their careers.

Personal growth
Career Path
EM
Paras Doshi

Paras Doshi

Engineering Manager (BI & Data) at Amazon

How to Drive a Team Vision as a First-Time Manager
23 February

Paras Doshi, Engineering Manager (BI & Data) at Amazon, recalls how he successfully drove a team vision as a first-time manager who took over a team without the vision and roadmap.

Sharing the vision
New Manager
EM
Paras Doshi

Paras Doshi

Engineering Manager (BI & Data) at Amazon

How to Be Acquired
16 February

Benjamin De Point, Sr. Director of Engineering at Coupa Software, outlines what to do -- and what not to do -- when acquired and going through challenging times.

Changing company
Managing Expectations
Company Culture
Team processes
EM
Benjamin De Point

Benjamin De Point

Sr. Director of Engineering at Coupa Software

In-House Mentorship Program: Creating Learning Opportunities for Engineers
27 February

Marin Dimitrov, Senior Engineering Manager at Uber, describes his efforts to build an in-house mentorship program that would bring together top tech leaders and engineers from small offices and provide them with unique learning opportunities.

Coaching / Training / Mentorship
EM
Marin Dimitrov

Marin Dimitrov

Director of Engineering at Hopin

Developing a Career Development Plan
27 February

Marin Dimitrov, Senior Engineering Manager at Uber, talks of his efforts to develop a simple yet well-structured framework that bridges short- and long-term career goals.

Personal growth
Career Path
EM
Marin Dimitrov

Marin Dimitrov

Director of Engineering at Hopin

Being Explicit About a Work-Life Balance
3 February

Andrew Schamp, Software Engineer at Dropbox, shares how he unintentionally disrupted his team’s work-life balance culture and what he did to repair it.

Health / Stress / Burn-Out
EM
Andrew Schamp

Andrew Schamp

Software Engineer at Dropbox

When Being Helpful Backfires
3 February

Andrew Schamp, Software Engineer at Dropbox, recalls recommending a risky and time-consuming solution that he couldn’t take back without talking to his team first.

Internal Communication
EM
Andrew Schamp

Andrew Schamp

Software Engineer at Dropbox

Delivering a New Beta Product on a Tight Deadline
3 February

Andrew Schamp, Software Engineer at Dropbox, recalls how he made a design decision using a tradeoff analysis that made them deliver a new beta product on a tight deadline.

Product
Deadlines
EM
Andrew Schamp

Andrew Schamp

Software Engineer at Dropbox

Improving Peer Review Practice
3 February

Andrew Schamp, Software Engineer at Dropbox, tells of his efforts to improve team peer reviews and build a quality culture across the team.

Internal Communication
Team processes
EM
Andrew Schamp

Andrew Schamp

Software Engineer at Dropbox

Building a Platform Team
27 February

Max Countryman, Director of Engineering, Platform at Pathstream, outlines the difference between a platform and product team, along with the key elements to pay attention to when building a platform team.

Building a Team
Dev Processes
EM
Max Countryman

Max Countryman

Director of Engineering, Platform at Pathstream

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