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How to get buy-in for reducing technical debt

May 10, 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: Management Tools, Product, Communication, Culture, and Leadership.



Team reviews

“It’s easy for managers to fall into the trap of exception handling: spending a ton of attention on the biggest stars or the biggest problems on our teams,” says Marc Hedlund, Senior Director of Engineering at MailChimp. Here’s why he recommends managers use team reviews (and a template spreadsheet you can copy).

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a workshop to help align product teams


The jobs-to-be-done canvas

Tony Ulwick, Founder and CEO at Strategyn, makes a case for using the jobs-to-be-done canvas in a workshop setting to help align product teams — and breaks down how to facilitate the workshop.

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How to get buy-in for reducing technical debt

Jean Hsu, Co-founder of Co Leadership, demonstrates how to assess the impact of a project, and — equally as important — communicate the impact to effectively get buy-in.

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Demystifying “silos,” and why the customer is the cure

“The customer cares about the end-to-end process. They don’t care about your excellence in your different silos.” Here’s Damon Edwards, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Rundeck, on what “silos” really are, and how you can prevent them from forming by focusing on the customer experience.

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How I stopped being awful at managing: leadership lessons from a dev

Ketan Bhatt, Backend Product Developer at Squad, elegantly describes some lessons learned from taking a leadership role.

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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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