Engineering Impact is a weekly newsletter that highlights trends in engineering leadership, productivity, culture, and scaling development teams.
This week features posts on:
- Defining a Distinguished Engineer
- A Candidate-Centric Model for Your Hiring Process
- The Essential Questions That Have Powered This Top Silicon Valley Manager’s Career
- The Written Narrative
- Reflections on Software Leadership
Osman Ahmed Osman, Head of Product Engineering at Quora, offers an alternative approach to thinking about the recruiting funnel. He says, “the characteristics of a good candidate climb are: increasing effort and balanced effort” and illustrates his point with a list of anti-patterns.
Defining a Distinguished Engineer
“Seeing people who are a level above you behave poorly… I know from experience what a huge demotivator this is,” says Jessie Frazelle. In this post, she defines what it means to be a strong technical leader and engineer and makes the case for incentivizing people to resemble these qualities.
The Essential Questions That Have Powered This Top Silicon Valley Manager’s Career
In an excerpt from her recently released book, Julie Zhuo, VP of Product Design at Facebook, presents a ‘toolkit of questions’ that managers can use to build trust, improve 1:1s, and make sure feedback is heard.
The Written Narrative
Marty Cagan, Partner at SVPG, takes the idea that “good managers write” and explains how teams can use the written narrative as a technique to move faster and make better decisions. The written narrative, Cagan says, is his “single favorite coaching tool for helping product managers become exceptional.”
Reflections on Software Leadership
In his recently released book, Marcus Blankenship, Author and Technical Coach, shares nineteen essays about leading and managing software teams.