How to Build a Great Team Culture (And Why it Matters)

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How to Build a Great Team Culture (And Why it Matters)

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

This week features posts on: 

  • How to Build a Great Team Culture (And Why it Matters)
  • Resolving a Protracted Conflict
  • Undervalued Software Engineering Skills: Writing Well 
  • The Design of Engineering Culture
  • A Tiny, Powerful Question for Better Feedback

CULTURE

How to Build a Great Team Culture (And Why it Matters)

Here’s Kate Matsudaira, Director of Engineering at Google, with a collection of lessons in creating culture. The list includes advice such as “See the Role You Play in Team Culture,” “Define Your Culture by Knowing its Value,” and “Team Structure Becomes Team Culture.”

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COMMUNICATION

Resolving a Protracted Conflict

Ed Batista, Executive Coach, says “When we’re locked in a protracted conflict with another person, there’s one critical step that’s usually necessary to reach a resolution… The higher-status person must express vulnerability first.” Here’s why.  

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LEADERSHIP

Undervalued Software Engineering Skills: Writing Well

“For software engineers, writing becomes the tool to reach, converse with and influence engineers and teams outside their immediate peers.” Here’s Gergely Orosz, Engineering Manager at Uber, on why understanding the fundamentals of writing is key to a developer’s career growth.

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CHANGE MANAGEMENT

The Design of Engineering Culture

Ryn Daniels, Senior Software Engineer at Terraform, defines “culture” and identifies some key elements for creating one (and making changes stick). They say “Changing designable surfaces in an organization, monitoring the impacts of those changes, and iterating toward goals is how to build lasting culture change.”

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FEEDBACK

A Tiny, Powerful Question for Better Feedback

“One important component I’d like to explore here is how to ask the feedback recipient a question, instead of making a request for them to change their behavior.” Here’s Lara Hogan, Engineering Leadership Coach at Wherewithall, on what that looks like in practice.

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