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This week: The real work of a software manager, restructuring a growing team, the most valuable asset in the software industry, how startups can compete for hiring top-tier engineers.
Being a manager can be a thankless job, and is undermined by the mindset that management is not “real” work. Marcus Blankenship breaks down the ways managers provide value to their team, to upper management, and to customers—and reminds us all why software management is worth doing well.
Jean Hsu on the predictable things that go wrong with reorgs—and how to know if your team is ready for one and what you can do to increase clarity and focus instead of just doing damage control.
Jesse Watson, a Software Manager at Amazon, on the most valuable asset in the software industry, why you should aim for “deep context”, and why the price for (some) remote developers is dropping to zero.
Aaron Silverman shares his secret to attracting and retaining strong engineers: even a scrappy startup can hire top-tier engineers if you present them with a world-class problem and an opportunity for growth.
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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