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Transitioning Teams as an Engineering Manager

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

This week features posts on: 

  • Julie Zhuo on Transitioning From IC to Manager
  • My Engineering Standards
  • Transitioning Teams as a Manager
  • Understanding Complexity
  • Software Architecture is Overrated

LEADERSHIP

Julie Zhuo on Navigating the Leap From Individual Contributor to Force Multiplier

In this interview, Julie Zhuo (author of The Making of a Manager) demystifies the role of the manager, outlines the manager’s highest value contributions, and explains how managers can develop authentic relationships with their teams.

Read the Full Post [12 min]

CULTURE

My Engineering Standards

“How do you know if your software is good enough? How do you know if you’re optimizing too much toward building new features…. or being too conservative and over engineering things?” Here’s Rich Archbold, Senior Director of Engineering at Intercom, on how they use a codified set of standards to ensure work is valuable and sufficiently high quality.

Read the Full Post [2 mins]

CAREER

Transitioning Teams as a Manager

Chase Seibert, Engineering Manager at Dropbox, explains why getting a new manager can be a high stress event for the team, and offers specific suggestions for new managers to make for a more smooth transition. 

Read the full post [5 mins]

DECISION MAKING

Understanding Complexity

Dan Pupius, CEO at Range (former Head of Engineering at Medium) with a short primer on why complex systems require different ways of acting and making decisions, and how to lead through complexity.

Read the full post [5 mins]

CODING

Software Architecture is Overrated, Clear and Simple Design is Underrated

“When designing systems, start simple and stay as simple as you can. Try to avoid the complexity that more complex architecture and formal tools inherently introduce.” Gergely Orosz, Engineering Manager at Uber, shares advice for engineers looking to get improve in architecting and designing systems.

Read the full post [10 mins]