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Managing People: Avoiding the Reputation Trap

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Managing People: Avoiding the Reputation Trap

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

This week features posts on: 

  • Avoiding the Reputation Trap
  • How Splice Builds Globally Distributed Engineering Teams
  • The CTO Role
  • The Technical Debt Myth
  • How to Prepare for Software Engineering Interview Questions  

LEADERSHIP

Managing People: Avoiding the Reputation Trap

“Take five minutes to think who within your organization has an overly good or bad reputation, and reflect on whether or not that reputation is factual and matches reality.” Emmanuel Goossaert, Software Development Manager at Booking.com, makes the case for not relying too much on reputations, and adjusting those when appropriate. 

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ESTIMATION

How Splice Builds Globally Distributed Engineering Teams

Juan Pablo Buriticá, VP of Engineering at Splice, offers insight into how his organization goes about hiring, building, and aligning their engineering teams. He says, “connect the mission, no matter what, to engineers and give them the ability to see where their work has an impact.”

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CAREER

The CTO Role

Jess Szmajda, CTO at Axios, outlines the scope of her role and how she tends to structure her team of direct reports. She also explains why a separated CTO and VPE is a dichotomy that doesn’t always work.  

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COMMUNICATION

The Technical Debt Myth

“It’s impossible to get company buy-in for unspecified work when the issues it addresses and its benefits are unknown.” Karolina Szczur, Front-end Engineer at Help Scout, offers a framework for pinpointing the underlying issue and getting buy-in for the proposed solution.

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INTERVIEWING

How to Prepare for Software Engineering Interview Questions

Here’s Sofia Tzima, Software Engineer at Intercom, with a helpful list of sample interview questions and tips to keep in mind during the interview itself.

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