Getting Real About Managing Up

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Getting Real About Managing Up

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

This week features posts on: 

  • Getting Real About Managing Up
  • Getting Ahead When You’re Early in Your Career
  • What Does It Take to Be a Successful Tech Lead?
  • The Power of “Yes, If”: Iterating on our RFC Process
  • Managing with Context, Not Control.

COMMUNICATION

Getting Real About Managing Up

“Managing up in technical organizations is a distinct discipline.” Kellan Elliott-McCrea (@kellan), former SVP of Engineering at Blink Health, shares four skills and a wealth of advice for proactively aligning leadership and regularly creating visibility for your manager.

Read the Video [39 min]

CAREER

Getting Ahead When You’re Early in Your Career

Julie Zhuo (@joulee), Facebook’s VP of Product Design, shares a thoughtful piece written for early-career designers but equally applicable to early-career professionals in any field. It’s brimming with immediately actionable advice and real-life examples, including “Show your work as often as you can, to as many people as you can for feedback,” and to work on your growth areas (don’t take “focus on your strengths” too seriously at the early career stage).  

Read the Full Post [15 mins]

LEADERSHIP

What Does It Take to Be a Successful Tech Lead?

Across small and large companies, people shared that being a good tech lead means some version of: good execution with a team that’s happy.” Here’s Jean Hsu (@jyhsu), Engineering Leadership Coach at Co Leadership, with a list of shared attributes of good tech leads based on their research. 

Read the full post [9 mins]

PROCESS

The Power of “Yes, If”: Iterating on Our RFC Process

Tanya Reilly (@whereistanya), Principal Software Engineer at Squarespace, shares the template and model they use for design review and how it’s evolved. She says, “Reviewing each other’s work makes us write stronger designs and learn from each other, as well as contributing to a collaborative and open culture.”

Read the full post [10 mins]

CULTURE

Managing With Context, Not Control

Andrew Spyker, Manager – Compute Platform at Netflix, with a concise explanation on how Netflix encourages a culture where employees throughout the company make and own decisions.   

Read the full post [5 mins]