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Avoiding the Gossip Trap at Work
28 October

Colleen Tartow, Ph.D., Director of Engineering at Starburst Data, explains the detriments of unprofessional interactions via gossip at work and shares a simple rule that helps her avoid “the gossip trap."

Toxic atmospheres
Company Culture
EM
Colleen Tartow

Colleen Tartow

Director of Engineering at Starburst Data

Eight Proven Tactics for Salary Negotiations
28 October

Narbeh Mirzaei, Associate Director of Engineering at HelloFresh, outlines eight proven tactics that will make your salary negotiation truly successful.

Salary / Work Conditions
EM
Narbeh Mirzaei

Narbeh Mirzaei

Associate Director of Engineering at HelloFresh

From a Dysfunctional Group to a High Performing Team
28 October

Narbeh Mirzaei, Associate Director of Engineering at HelloFresh, recalls how he transformed a dysfunctional group of siloed individuals into a high performing team.

Team processes
Productivity
High Performers
EM
Narbeh Mirzaei

Narbeh Mirzaei

Associate Director of Engineering at HelloFresh

Why AB Testing Is Good for Your Company Culture
28 October

Graham McNicoll, CEO of Growth Book and former VP of Product and Engineering at Education.com, recalls how he introduced data-driven decision-making and AB testing to drive growth, and the unexpected effects it had on development speed, team alignment, intellectual humility, and collaboration.

Team processes
Managing Expectations
Agile / Scrum
Collaboration
PM
EM
Graham McNicoll

Graham McNicoll

VP Product and Engineering at Education.com

How Hack Weeks Can Inspire Innovation and Change Culture
28 October

Graham McNicoll, CEO of Growth Book and former VP of Product and Engineering at Education.com, recalls how he introduced hack weeks and inspired a company-wide culture of experimentation and innovation.

Company Culture
Team processes
PM
EM
Graham McNicoll

Graham McNicoll

VP Product and Engineering at Education.com

Growing a Team That Embraces Culture of Freedom and Responsibility
28 October

Zhenzhong Xu, Engineering Manager at Netflix, discusses how he grew a team that embraced a culture of freedom and responsibility and how the dream team analogy helped him direct the team toward high performance and overall excellence.

High Performers
Building a Team
EM
Zhenzhong Xu

Zhenzhong Xu

Engineering Manager at Netflix

Trust as a Fundamental Force That Binds People Together
28 October

Zhenzhong Xu, Engineering Manager at Netflix, reflects on the problems that he faced as a first-time manager and explains why building trust is critical for team success.

Building a Team
Internal Communication
Team processes
Leadership
Personal growth
EM
Zhenzhong Xu

Zhenzhong Xu

Engineering Manager at Netflix

Measuring the Morale of a Team
26 October

Colleen Tartow, Ph.D., Director of Engineering at Starburst Data, shares her approach to measuring the morale of a team while emphasizing the importance of regular check-ins and one-on-ones.

Team reaction
Internal Communication
Motivation
EM
Colleen Tartow

Colleen Tartow

Director of Engineering at Starburst Data

Developing Your Personal Brand: A Brief Guide to Creating an Elevator Pitch
28 October

Colleen Tartow, Ph.D., Director of Engineering at Starburst Data, outlines how to create your own elevator pitch and how building a personal brand can benefit your career.

Personal growth
EM
Colleen Tartow

Colleen Tartow

Director of Engineering at Starburst Data

Achieving a Product-Market Fit
21 October

Sameer Kalwani, Director of Product Management at Amazon Lab126, underlines the importance of precise identification of a budgeted problem in achieving a product-market fit.

Product
PM
Sameer Kalwani

Sameer Kalwani

Director Product Management at Amazon Lab126

Adding More PMs in the Early Startup Phase
21 October

Sameer Kalwani, Director of Product Management at Amazon Lab126, explains how to grow a team in the early startup phase by adding a few more product managers.

Product Team
PM
Sameer Kalwani

Sameer Kalwani

Director Product Management at Amazon Lab126

How to Build a Disruptive Product
21 October

Sameer Kalwani, Director of Product Management at Amazon Lab126, shares how to build a disruptive product by working backward and putting yourself in your customers’ shoes.

Product
PM
Sameer Kalwani

Sameer Kalwani

Director Product Management at Amazon Lab126

AI Products Are Data Products
19 October

Deepak Paramanand, Product Lead at Hitachi, shares how he built three different AI projects that all had one thing in common -- the ability to create or input data.

Product
Impact
PM
Deepak Paramanand

Deepak Paramanand

Product Lead at Hitachi

How Different Is Enterprise Product Management
19 October

Deepak Paramanand, Product Lead at Hitachi, highlights the key differences between enterprise product management and the one that builds products for consumers and thus helps aspiring product managers choose the right career for them.

Product
PM
Deepak Paramanand

Deepak Paramanand

Product Lead at Hitachi

How Stand-Up Comedy Helped Me Better Understand People
19 October

Deepak Paramanand, Product Lead at Hitachi, explains how his early efforts in stand-up comedy and experience of interaction between a performer and audience helped him better understand his colleagues and customers.

Internal Communication
Personal growth
Users Feedback
PM
Deepak Paramanand

Deepak Paramanand

Product Lead at Hitachi

How Work Visa Uncertainty Made Me More Successful at Work
19 October

Deepak Paramanand, Product Lead at Hitachi, describes how founding a career on the uncertainty of a work visa and an immigrant experience made him more successful in his professional endeavors.

Salary / Work Conditions
High Performers
Cultural differences
PM
Deepak Paramanand

Deepak Paramanand

Product Lead at Hitachi

How to Set Up a Bi-Directional Roadmap
19 October

Fei Xu, Engineering Manager at Square, Inc., explains what are the advantages of a bi-directional roadmap and how to set it up right.

Roadmap
Collaboration
EM
Fei Xu

Fei Xu

Engineering Manager at Square Inc.

How Restructuring Can Help Your Team to Claim Ownership
19 October

Fei Xu, Engineering Manager at Square, Inc., recalls how he approached the restructuring of his team with an intent to have them claim ownership and develop subject matter expertise.

Reorganization
Ownership
EM
Fei Xu

Fei Xu

Engineering Manager at Square Inc.

Understanding the Importance of Tech Microculture Within Large Corporations
19 October

Fei Xu, Engineering Manager at Square, Inc., discusses how tech microculture, typical for tech teams operating within large corporations, emerges and what are its main characteristics.

Company Culture
EM
Fei Xu

Fei Xu

Engineering Manager at Square Inc.

Joining and Successfully Leading a New Team
30 September

Karan Jain, Engineering Manager at Doordash, recalls his own experience of joining a new team and explains how a carefully planned approach helped him gain legitimacy and respect.

New Manager
Changing company
EM
Karan Jain

Karan Jain

Engineering Manager at Doordash

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