A voight-kampff test for identifying engineering managers

Jun 14, 2018 | Newsletter

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

This week features posts on: Leadership, Culture, Scaling, Onboarding, and Hiring.

 

LEADERSHIP

A voight-kampff test for identifying engineering managers

Nick Caldwell, VP of Engineering at Reddit, separates the two types of “tech leads” — proto-managers or proto-architects — and offers his ‘test’ for quickly identifying which category people fall into.

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supporting psychological safety in technical teams

CULTURE

Good pressure, bad pressure

Julie Zhuo, VP of Product Design at Facebook, reminds us how easy it is to fall into “bad pressure,” and shares how how leaders can use this understanding to reinforce psychological safety int heir teams.

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SCALING

The myth of many hands

Marcus Blankenship, Author of “Habits that Ruin Your Technical Team,” explains why Brook’s Law is largely disregarded — despite being commonly accepted as true — and presents “loopholes” in getting late projects back on track.

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a fast-track onboarding process for engineers

ONBOARDING

Culture! Ship it! Go!

Peter Karl II, Tech Lead at Drift, outlines the 3-day onboarding process they use to help engineers hit the road running and seamlessly join their new team.

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HIRING

A new definition of work ethic

David Tate, Software Consultant, recalls an odd question his co-worker used to ask at the end of every job interview, and shares how the insights gleaned from those answers translated to a valuable lesson learned.

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Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson

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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