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Developers Mentoring Other Developers: Practices I’ve Seen Work Well

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Developers Mentoring Other Developers: Practices I’ve Seen Work Well

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

This week features posts on: 

  • Developers Mentoring Other Developers
  • 3 Kinds of Good Tech Debt
  • How to Build and Manage a Self-Improving Team
  • How to Open Doors for Other People,
  • How to Manage Up Effectively

MENTORSHIP

Developers Mentoring Other Developers: Practices I’ve Seen Work Well

Gergely Orosz (@GergelyOrosz), Engineering Manager at Uber, with a guide for engineers on what mentorship is and how it can facilitate growth. It outlines examples of informal and formal mentoring, and offers specific practices that both mentors and mentees can use to get the most value out of their time. 

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TECH DEBT

3 Kinds of Good Tech Debt

Jon Thornton, Engineering Manager at Squarespace, draws on his experience to share some examples where being intentional about taking on tech debt helped projects succeed. 

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CULTURE

How to Build and Manage a Self-Improving Team

“It’s much easier to manage a team’s progress than its state.” Cate Huston (@catehstn), Engineering Manager at Automattic, shares a thoughtful piece on how leaders can foster a culture of continuous “self-improvement” — by steering toward a coaching mindset and acting as an accelerant. 

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MOTIVATION

Resonance: How to Open Doors for Other People

Here’s a helpful communication tip (from @farnamstreet) for building trust with team members and helping them feel more engaged and valued at work: “listen, demonstrate, show… A simple way to focus your attention is to listen with the intention of summarizing the other person’s point of view.” 

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MANAGING UP

How to Manage Up Effectively

Here’s Claire Lew (@clairejlew), CEO at Know Your Team, with five pieces of advice for building a strong working relationship with your boss.  

Read the full post [5 mins]