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This week features posts on: Roles and Responsibilities, Leadership, Filling in Gaps, Hypergrowth, and Communication.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Here’s Jérôme Petazzoni, former SRE Manager at Docker, with a clear-eyed view on what it means to be a “junior” engineer, a “senior” engineer — and everything in between.
Lara Hogan, Engineering Leadership Coach and Consultant at Wherewithall, shares the advice Chad Dickerson (former CEO of Etsy) gave her before she joined Kickstarter as VPE. Here’s his list of lessons learned and mistakes made, with applicable advice for anyone in a leadership position.
FILLING IN GAPS
“Maybe your team’s product manager leaves or a new team is being formed, and you, as an engineering leader, need to cover both roles for a few months.” Will Larson, Foundation Engineering at Stripe, shares a framework for temporarily fulfilling product management responsibilities.
SCALING ENGINEERING TEAMS
Tomasz Tunguz, Managing Director at Redpoint, illustrates the degree of transformation a rapidly growing organization experiences. He concludes, “hire for slope, not intercept.”
“We take short-cuts in our language. We use industry-speak and expert parlance,” says Julie Zhou, VP of Product Design at Facebook. “Imagine your customer listening to this. Would they understand that your end goal was to create value for them?”
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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