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How to be Strategic


How to be Strategic

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

This week features posts on: Leadership, Team Playbooks, Communication, and Mentorship.



How to be Strategic

Julie Zhou, VP of Product Design at Facebook, reflects on how her perception of “strategy” has evolved over time. She also shares 3 tasks to focus on that will help you improve in your ability to align organizations around common goals.

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The Power of “Premortems” 

Here’s an exercise to try with your team before starting an important project: brainstorm risks, potential reasons for failure, and opportunities for the project, and then figure out how to navigate away from (or toward) them. James Gifford, Tech Lead at RVShare, explains how it works in more detail (and offers a few helpful resources at the end).

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Stuck Conversations: You’re NOT Hearing Me, and Other Problems

“What do you do when you’ve tried, you really have, but the conversation is still stuck?” Joe Dunn, Engineering Leadership Coach at Cloudbreak, offers a helpful model for getting through to another person.

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Walking the Mentor/Manager Tightrope, and an Alternative Approach that Drives Employee Motivation

Greg Sabo, Engineering Manager at Asana, shares an insightful take on how to wield “mentorship” as a vehicle to accelerate onboarding, boost engagement, and bake growth into your company culture.

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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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