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This week: Counterintuitive strategies to succeed as a manager, Unlocking better tech specs, How effective engineers ask for help, A case for not having side projects.
Meeting company goals, while caring for the individual needs of your team is a uniquely difficult challenge managers face. Kevin Stewart, VPE at Heptio, on how to create an environment that sets you and your team up for success.
A well-written tech spec unlocks many benefits that aren’t immediately obvious. Della Anjeh and Chloe Revery show what’s in a great spec, and how an upfront investment can create exponential payoffs for you and your team.
Many engineers think of asking for help as a failure to do their jobs. Greg Sabo, an Engineering Manager at Asana, argues that collaborative problem solving is a core engineering skill, and breaks down the steps to effectively ask for help.
Ezekiel Buchheit, now a Software Engineer at Amazon, shares an interview experience and raises an important question: if you don’t program in your spare time, can you be a “passionate” developer?
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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