Creating a Code Review Culture

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Creating a Code Review Culture

Engineering Impact is a weekly newsletter that highlights trends in engineering leadership, productivity, culture, and scaling development teams.

This week features posts on: 

  • Creating a Code Review Culture
  • How to Grow Emotionally Intelligent Engineering Teams
  • Building Your First Product Roadmap
  • What Do We Really Mean By “Collaboration”?
  • Clearbit’s Approach to Management. 

CODE REVIEW

Creating a Code Review Culture

In this two-part series, John Turner (Senior Software Engineer at Squarespace) breaks out an extensive list of best practices for creating a healthy code review culture and getting the most out of the code review process. He serves up advice for Organizations (he says, “establish communities of experts” and “train code reviewers”), Code Authors (“make the PR an easily reviewable size”), and Code Reviewers (“be as thorough as the PR needs”). 

Read Part One [9 mins]

CULTURE

How to Grow Emotionally Intelligent Engineering Teams

“Software is a team sport. If you don’t work well together, you’re not going to be able to build the best products.” Danielle Leong, Engineering Manager at GitHub, shares some guidelines that leaders can use to incrementally develop a workplace that’s more mindful, inclusive, and collaborative. (Include among those guidelines: “Keep discussions about behaviors, not identities.”)  

Watch the Full Talk [17 mins]

STRATEGY

Building Your First Product Roadmap

James Turnbull (who leads a team of “CTOs in residence” at Microsoft) offers a high-level structure for roadmaps and a process for how to build them. He advises, “Be transparent and honest with your team and leadership about the road map process, prioritization, and progress. Nothing breaks team morale and the faith of leadership in a startup faster than a breach of trust here.”

Read the full post [14 mins]

COLLABORATION

What Do We Really Mean By “Collaboration”?

“Collaboration is not about artifacts… It’s also not about compromise.” Marty Cagan, Partner at SVPG, gets specific with the outcomes of true collaboration and explains how managers can actively coach their team members to practice this skill. 

Read the full post [6 mins]

LEADERSHIP

Clearbit’s Approach to Management

Clearbit’s CEO, Alex MacCaw, with an outline of the handbook they’re developing to train managers. This post is essentially a list of helpful wisdom and advice, offering everything from quick reminders such as “A firm ‘That’s not ok here’ or ‘I’m not OK with that’ is usually enough,” to more complex exercises like understanding “where you are in the drama triangle.” 

Read the full post [7 mins]