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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

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

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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

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

How to Drive Operational Excellence
17 February

Bhavini Soneji, VP of Engineering at Headspace, explains how to drive operational excellence by balancing velocity and quality on one hand and product and platform requirements on the other.

Team processes
EM
Bhavini Soneji

Bhavini Soneji

VP of Engineering at Headspace

Leading an Organization Through a Colossal Change
17 February

Bhavini Soneji, VP of Engineering at Headspace, describes how she successfully led a not-yet-mature engineering team through a colossal and massively impactful change.

Scaling Team
Company Culture
Team processes
EM
Bhavini Soneji

Bhavini Soneji

VP of Engineering at Headspace

Adapting Scrum to Continuous Deployment
17 February

Mike Weaver, VP of Engineering at Invoca, tells of his “guerilla” efforts to migrate from a traditional Scrum to a process more suitable to continuous deployment.

Agile / Scrum
EM
Mike Weaver

Mike Weaver

VP of Engineering at Invoca

Tech Debt Bankruptcy
17 February

Mike Weaver, VP of Engineering at Invoca, explains how he successfully dealt with tech debt bankruptcy by introducing a three-level priority system that prioritized production incidents over planned work.

Tech Debt
EM
Mike Weaver

Mike Weaver

VP of Engineering at Invoca

A Lack of Clear Vision and the Team Morale
29 January

Naveen Veeravalli, Engineering Manager at Uber, discusses how a lack of clear product vision impacted the morale of his team and shares what he did to improve their engagement.

Product
Sharing the vision
EM
Naveen Veeravalli

Naveen Veeravalli

Engineering Manager at Uber

Restructuring a Team: How to Enhance Accountability and Ownership
29 January

Naveen Veeravalli, Engineering Manager at Uber, shares how he successfully planned and executed a team restructure that enhanced his team’s accountability and ownership.

Reorganization
Ownership
EM
Naveen Veeravalli

Naveen Veeravalli

Engineering Manager at Uber

Learning to Sell
29 January

Jadon Naas, Product Development Lead at InMotion Hosting, recalls becoming a product manager and having to learn how to sell the product he helped develop.

Personal growth
Career Path
PM
Jadon Naas

Jadon Naas

Product Development Lead at InMotion Hosting

Integrating a Junior Engineer Into a New Team
29 January

Jadon Naas, Product Development Lead at InMotion Hosting, talks of his failed attempts to integrate a junior engineer into a new team with a culture of its own.

Juniors
Company Culture
Team processes
PM
Jadon Naas

Jadon Naas

Product Development Lead at InMotion Hosting

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