Engineering Impact is a weekly newsletter that highlights trends in engineering leadership, productivity, culture, and scaling development teams.
This week features posts on:
- Reasoning About Leverage in Engineering Organizations
- Pitfalls When Transitioning from an Individual Contributor to a Technical Manager
- Reframing How We Think About Production Incidents
- How to Spot the Signs of Burnout in Yourself—and What to do Next
- The Silent Meeting Manifesto — Making Meetings Suck a Little Less
Bill de hÓra, Head of Information Systems Architecture at Zalando, shares an insightful approach to framing discussions about technical investments by considering “leverage,” “lift,” and how the investments affect overall outcomes for the engineering organization.
Reframing How We Think About Production Incidents
Shubheksha Jalan, Backend Engineer at Monzo, with some pointers about how teams can “humanize bugs” to create a more blameless culture and help new engineers quickly feel comfortable contributing to the team.
How to Spot the Signs of Burnout in Yourselfand What to do Next
This month, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized burnout as an official diagnosable condition. Here, a pioneer in the field of burnout research identifies six causes of burnout—including “weak or nonexistent community” and “lack of recognition”—and explains how to help yourself when you’re on this path.
The Silent Meeting ManifestoMaking Meetings Suck a Little Less
David Gasca, Product Manager at Twitter, with a “part workbook, part guide” to using Silent Meetings in a team. (“’Silent Meetings’ are meetings where most of the time is spent thinking and discussing the topics at hand.”)