“The piece of advice that I give to new managers—and this sounds simple but it’s really hard—is you have to really listen to your people. They are telling you what they want, and you have to hear it. At the end of the day, it’s not about you. It’s what this human is telling you.”
“The best engineers can toggle back and forth between manager and IC roles. Make sure your technical foundation and fundamental skills are solid enough to pull that off.”
Raylene Yung drops a massive list of career trips for engineers and engineering managers.
It’s not that often that you see a guide how to hire engineering managers, let alone people at the DirEng/VPE level. That makes this guide by Rushab Doshi rare and useful.
You are indeed probably not communicating enough. My advice is to just communicate more. If you are communicating too much (highly unlikely that you would reach that point), people will let you know.
I usually get a lot of resistance when I suggest using monorepos but this article explains really well what cultural benefits that choice entails.
This is good advice for a Director of UX by Adrian Howard that generalizes well to any other kind of Director.
This profile on C.C. Myers is a good example of leading from the front but even more than that it shows that speed begets speed.
I’m not that negative about the Dominic Cummings job ad, because:
- Unlike a lot of people in governments everywhere, he seems to have a clue what he is doing.
- That a person who’s winning would quote Boyd is not a coincidence.
- Using a blog in this way (or Trump tweeting like he does) is the direct e-government that everybody has always been asking for. Not so fun now that we have it, is it?
- Governments and institutions are breaking or already are broken in this age. They do need large scale overhaul.
This is even worse in Germany where the institutions are bigger and the ahistorical denial of reality is immense. It’s going to be really ugly when they go down.
- A city like Berlin, that can’t get anything done to save its life, would probably be massively improved by this approach. Our local government here can’t find its own asshole without help from McKinsey. Please somebody do this for Berlin.
Not surprisingly I agree with these reasons to do give management a try. It can be a very rewarding thing for the right person at the right place/time.
A bunch of very relevant guidelines of how to setup a product team at various stages of a company from the CPO of Credit Karma.