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Julie Zhou, Product Design VP at Facebook, breaks down a process for handling disagreements. Among the steps listed, she says, “Frame all the options: Everyone should be able to agree on the framing, even if they have different opinions about what option they would choose.”
“Proactively ask for counter opinions or feedback – this is how you can inject new ways of thinking into a group of people who have been working together in a certain way for a while.” Kuba Niechcial, Engineering Manager at Intercom, shares advice for a successful transition to managing an existing team.
Here’s Kellan Elliot-McCrea (former SVP, Engineering at Blink Health and CTO at Etsy) with a short list of questions to ask when considering a new technology.
Cate Huston, Engineering Manager at Automattic, describes lessons learned from “the change-management trenches” — including the counterintuitive observation that “high performers seem to struggle even more…”
For managers of individual contributors, Marty Cagan, Partner at SVPG, emphasizes that coaching is the primary responsibility and provides a framework for doing so in 1:1s. Cagan’s list of anti-patterns (included in this post) is equally as insightful.
Ben Thompson is a co-founder at GitPrime where he leads design and customer experience. He is a Y Combinator alumni, with a background in product design, branding, and UX design. Follow @thebent on Twitter.
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