Engineering Impact is a weekly newsletter that highlights trends in engineering leadership, productivity, culture, and scaling development teams.
This week features posts on:
- Ship Small Diffs
- The Space Between Autonomy and Abandonment
- Why Aren’t People Taking Initiative?
- Friday Wins and a Case Study in Ritual Design
Will Larson, Head of Foundation Engineering at Stripe, outlines his system for gauging an engineering team’s size (“managers should support size to eight engineers”) and their state at any given time (is the team falling behind? Are they treading water?).
The Space Between Autonomy and Abandonment
Here’s Dan Ubilla, Engineering Manager at VTS, with an insightful take on what goes wrong when you turn the dial too far on autonomy. He says, “If your team has never seen this type of problem before, avoid abandonment and lean on stronger tactics. If your team is well-versed, provide more autonomy.”
Why Aren’t People Taking Initiative?
Jean Hsu, Engineering Leadership Coach at Co Leadership, breaks down an approach to sparking momentum in an unenthused, stifled team.
Friday Wins and a Case Study in Ritual Design
“Culture is what you celebrate. Rituals are the tools you use to shape culture.” Kellan Elliot-McCrea (formerly SVPE at Blink Health and CTO at Etsy) shares a collection of the values he thinks about when regularly highlighting wins in a team. “The point is to be intentional about how you design your rituals.”