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How effective engineers ask for help


How effective engineers ask for help

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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.


VP of Engineering at Heptio on how to meet company goals while caring for the individuals on your team


‘Build a team that doesn’t need you’ and other counterintuitive strategies to succeed as a manager

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.

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How to write great tech specs - and the benefits of being thorough


Unlocking better tech specs

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.

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Engineering Manager at Asana on core engineering skills


How effective engineers ask for help

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.

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Software Engineer at Amazong on what a 'passionate' developer looks like


No, I have no side projects to show you

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?

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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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