Empowered Product Teams

Nov 1, 2018 | Newsletter

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

This week features posts on: Culture, Onboarding, Career, Team Structure, High-Performing Teams.



Empowered Product Teams

Marty Cagan, author of Inspired and Partner at SVPG, points out that teaching teams about how great teams operate is only half the battle — creating a culture where they’re empowered to work as they need to, is what makes the difference. Here’s how it works.

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How Drift Gets Engineers Up to Speed by Day 3

Drift’s Product Efficiency Lead, Pete Karl II, explains what onboarding looks like at it’s best, and outlines how the company gets new hires fully integrated into their teams in only 3 days.

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What’s a Senior Engineer’s Job?

Julie Evans, Software Developer at Stripe, shares what she’s learned so far about the role of a senior engineer — and makes the case for setting boundaries in job descriptions (“what’s not part of the job”).

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Slack is the opposite of organizational memory

Keeping teams small and autonomous can become increasingly more difficult at scale. Phil Sarin, CTO at ManagedByQ, provides a list of operational changes they made to make this structure work.

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Building Amazing Engineering Teams

Raj Nair, VP of Engineering at Paxos, compiles a list of lessons learned in building engineering teams: offering helpful advice on topics such as making hiring decisions, scaling, calibrating across interviewers, and more.

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Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson

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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