The real job of a manager: managing the work with focus

Dec 8, 2017 | Newsletter

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This week: The real job of a manager: Managing the work with focus, Developing a product vision, Design the team you need to succeed, A meritocracy is a trailing indicator


strategy for better engineering management


The real job of a manager: managing the work focus

Said Ketchman, Engineering Manager at The New York Times, outlines the three essential steps to better manage the projects and work you’re responsible for — and offers a path to being a more effective manager.

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outline of VP of Product product vision process


Developing a product vision

“Product vision is a lot like great parenting. Everyone talks about it, says you must absolutely do it well, but when pushed — no one knows exactly how to go about it.” Ricardo Clérigo, VP of Product at Flyt, serves up the ‘how’ by breaking down their entire process.

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designing team structure in engineering teams


Design the team you need to succeed

In her three part series outlining a model that helps teams succeed, Christina Wodtke says “There are many kinds of teams, and you should decide what kind you need first.” Here are the different types — by stage, structure, and norms.

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an insightful take on defining career paths in organizations


A meritocracy is a trailing indicator

Michael Lopp, (better known as Rands / VPE at Slack) shares an insightful take on an (unfortunately common) approach to defining leadership in organizations.

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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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