Engineering Impact is a weekly newsletter that highlights trends in engineering leadership, productivity, culture, and scaling development teams.
This week features posts on: Scaling, Leadership, Communication, Career Transitions, and Clarity.
Kellan Elliot-McCrea, Engineering Leadership Coach (formerly CTO at Etsy), challenges the approach of using “hiring” as a solution to issues like ‘too many bugs’ or ‘not getting enough done’. He explains a better model for thinking about team size — one that both exposes and prepares for the need to improve planning, communication, and prioritization at scale.
“Changing designable surfaces in an organization, monitoring the impacts of those changes, and iterating toward goals is how to build lasting culture change.” Here’s Ryn Daniels, Staff Infrastructure Engineer at Travis CI, on how to take proactive steps towards building and maintaining the culture you want to see in your team.
James Stanier, VP of Engineering at Brandwatch, offers a playbook for engineers to effectively construct an argument and gain consensus for prioritizing technical debt.
“If you’re interested in a career transition, tell people about it!” Noa Elad, Software Engineer at Gusto, reflects on her journey from engineer to manager and back and offers helpful advice — and “questions to ask yourself” — for others considering a new role.
Jason Wong, Engineering Leadership Consultant (formerly Sr. Director of Engineering at Blink Health), makes a case for being more descriptive when using the word “accountable.”
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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