Software Career Anti-Patterns: Career Development by Coincidence

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Software Career Anti-Patterns: Career Development by Coincidence

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

This week features posts on: 

  • Leadership CI
  • How Great Managers Give and Receive Feedback
  • Fire Fixation
  • Software Career Anti-Patterns: Career Development by Coincidence
  • Leading Remote and Distributed Engineering Teams

LEADERSHIP

Leadership CI

“As leaders, before acting or making decisions it would be nice to have a set of tests and checks to make sure we are in the right headspace to make decisions that are in the best interest of everyone and our company.” Jessie Frazelle and Kathy Simpson share a set of helpful questions designed to enable leaders to take action in difficult situations. 

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COMMUNICATION

How Great Managers Give and Receive Feedback

“The world’s best managers share three characteristics: they exchange feedback continuously, focus on employee strengths, and offer criticism in private.” This post compiles advice from Kim Scott, Julie Zhuo, Marcus Buckingham, Camille Fournier, on how to exchange feedback with direct reports.

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PRIORITIZATION

Fire Fixation

“Fire fixation is the pattern of patching urgent problems as quickly as possible, and then immediately moving on to the next.” In this concise post, Will Larson, Head of Infrastructure Engineering at Stripe, explains why “fire fixation” is a defining characteristic of a team that is soon to be falling behind. 

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CAREER

Software Career Anti-Patterns: Career Development by Coincidence

Erik Dietrich, Software Development Coach, argues against a common mindset toward skills development, which he calls “career development by coincidence.”

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